Robert Adams
[Photographer and writer, b. 1937, Orange, New Jersey, lives in Astoria, Oregon.]

 Landscape photography can offer us, I think, three verities—geography, autobiography, and metaphor. 
 The operating principle that seems to work best is to go to the landscape that frightens you the most and take pictures until you’re not scared anymore. (1982) 
 The final strength in really great photographs is that they suggest more than just what they show literally. 
 The job of the photographer, in my view, is not to catalogue indisputable fact but to try to be coherent about intuition and hope. 
 …talking about pictures as though you could tell anybody how to take good ones is nuts. Pictures are given, not taken. 
 Many photographers in fact remind me in temperament of Thomas Hart Benton; in addition to painting, he said, what he liked was to “drink whiskey and talk big.” 
 Lewis Hine said he hoped to show what was wrong so that we would try to change it, and what was right so we could take comfort in it. I don’t often achieve that, but the two goals seem appropriate to me. 
 No place is boring, if you’ve had a good night’s sleep and have a pocket full of unexposed film. 
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