Words on photography by Ansel Adams

“Photography is more than a medium for factual communication of ideas.
It is a creative art. ”
Ansel Adams

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“I can look at a fine art photograph and sometimes I can hear music.”
Ansel Adams


“Yosemite Valley, to me, is always a sunrise,
a glitter of green and golden wonder
in a vast edifice of stone and space.”
Ansel Adams


 “A photograph is never finished until I burn the corners.”
Ansel Adams


“Art is both the taking and giving of beauty;
the turning out to the light the inner folds of the awareness
of the spirit. It is the recreation on another plane of the realities
of the world; the tragic and wonderful realities of earth and men,
and of all the inter-relations of these.”
Ansel Adams


“The single most important component of a camera is the twelve inches
behind it.”
Ansel Adams


“A true photograph need not be explained, nor can it be contained in words.”
Ansel Adams


“Photography, as a powerful medium of expression and communications, offers an infinite variety of perception, interpretation and execution.”
Ansel Adams


“Emphasis on technique is justified only so far as it will simplify and clarify the statement of the photographer’s concept. ”
Ansel Adams


“There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs.”
Ansel Adams


“In some photographs the essence of light and space dominate; in others, the substance of rock and wood, and the luminous insistence of growing things…It is my intention to present-through the medium of photography-intuitive observations of the natural world which may have meaning to spectators.”
Ansel Adams


“Life is your art. An open, aware heart is your camera.
A oneness with your world is your film. Your bright eyes and easy
smile is your museum.”
Ansel Adams


“No man has the right to dictate what other men should perceive, create or produce, but all should be encouraged to reveal themselves, their perceptions and emotions, and to build confidence in the creative spirit.”
Ansel Adams


“The ‘machine-gun’ approach to photography – by which many negatives are made with the hope that one will be good – is fatal to serious results.”
Ansel Adams


“Twelve significant photographs in any one year is a good crop.”
Ansel Adams


“Simply look with perceptive eyes at the world about you, and trust to your own reactions and convictions. Ask yourself: “Does this subject move me to feel, think and dream? Can I visualize a print – my own personal statement of what I feel and want to convey – from the subject before me?”
Ansel Adams


“I hope that my work will encourage self expression in others and stimulate the search for beauty and creative excitement in the great world around us.
Ansel Adams


“When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs.
When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.”
Ansel Adams


“A photograph is not an accident – it is a concept.”
 Ansel Adams

“A good photograph is knowing where to stand.”

Ansel Adams


“Notebook. No photographer should be without one.”

 Ansel Adams

 “The negative is comparable to the composer’s score and the print to its performance. Each performance differs in subtle ways.”

 Ansel Adams


 My wife – she could help me get the negs out.
Ansel Adams–

On being asked which to save first from a burning house – the wife or the negatives…


 “A photograph is not an accident—it is a concept. It exists at, or before, the moment of exposure of the negative. “
Ansel Adams

“We must remember that a photograph can hold just as much as we put into it, and no one has ever approached the full possibilities of the medium.”

 Ansel Adams


“The [35mm] camera is for life and for people, the swift and intense moments of life.”
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