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. 
 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. 
 Not everybody trusts paintings but people believe photographs. 
 Landscape photography is the supreme test of the photographer—and often the supreme disappointment. 
 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) 
 Dodging and burning are steps to take care of mistakes God made in establishing tonal relationships. 
 A photograph is usually looked at—seldom looked into. 
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