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

 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. 
 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) 
 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. 
 When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence. 
 I expect to retire to a fine-grained heaven where the temperatures are always consistent, where the images slide before ones eyes in a continual cascade of form and meaning. 
 Not everybody trusts paintings but people believe photographs. 
 Dodging and burning are steps to take care of mistakes God made in establishing tonal relationships. 
 Landscape photography is the supreme test of the photographer—and often the supreme disappointment. 
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