Ansel Adams
[Photographer, b. 1902, San Francisco, d. 1984, Carmel, California.]

 Landscape photography is the supreme test of the photographer—and often the supreme disappointment. 
 There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs. 
 What you’ve got are not photographers. They’re a bunch of sociologists with cameras. (To Roy Stryker, head of the photographers of the Farm Security Administration) 
 You bring to photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved. 
 Dodging and burning are steps to take care of mistakes God made in establishing tonal relationships. 
 Sometimes I do get to places just when God’s ready to have somebody click the shutter. 
 When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence. 
 We must remember that a photograph can hold just as much as we put into it, and no one has ever approached the full possibilities of the medium. 
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