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

 By Interstate 70: a dog skeleton, a vacuum cleaner, TV dinners, a doll, a pie, rolls of carpet... Later, next to the South Platte River: algae, broken concrete, jet contrails, the smell of crude oil... What I hope to document, though not at the expense of surface detail, is the form that underlies this apparent chaos. 
 …talking about pictures as though you could tell anybody how to take good ones is nuts. Pictures are given, not taken. 
 Landscape photography can offer us, I think, three verities—geography, autobiography, and metaphor. 
 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. 
 What a landscape photographer traditionally tries to do is show what is past, present, and future at once. You want ghosts and the daily news and prophecy... It’s presumptuous and ridiculous. You fail all the time. 
 With a camera, one has to love individual cases. 
 The final strength in really great photographs is that they suggest more than just what they show literally. 
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