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

 When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence. 
 There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs. 
 A photograph is usually looked at—seldom looked into. 
 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. 
 Not everybody trusts paintings but people believe photographs. 
 Sometimes I do get to places just when God’s ready to have somebody click the shutter. 
 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. 
 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) 
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