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

 Sometimes I do get to places just when God’s ready to have somebody click the shutter. 
 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) 
 A photograph is usually looked at—seldom looked into. 
 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. 
 Dodging and burning are steps to take care of mistakes God made in establishing tonal relationships. 
 Not everybody trusts paintings but people believe photographs. 
 Landscape photography is the supreme test of the photographer—and often the supreme disappointment. 
 When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence. 
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