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

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