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A collection of quotes by Ansel Adams on art, black and white photography, expression, silence, emotion, freedom, landscapes, perception, belief, life, wisdom and timing.

25 Great Quotes By Ansel Adams That Will Help Master The Art Of Photography

Quick Facts

Famous As: Photographer

Born On: February 20, 1902

Died On: April 22, 1984

Born In: Monterey, California, United States

Died At Age: 82

Ansel Adams was a passionate pianist and a well-known photographer known for his prominence in black and white photography. He was interested in playing the piano and became a self-taught pianist at a very early age. As a pianist, he earned to pursue his love for photography. He soon published his first photographs which were well-appreciated by the masses and this encouraged him to further nourish his interest in photography. He was inspired by the great photographer ‘Alfred Stieglitz’ and tried to enhance the reputation of photography as an art to the levels of paintings. He was appreciated for his innovative styles. In his first portfolio “Parmelian Prints of the High Sierras” he used his new style Korona view camera and was critically appreciated by the masses. His experimental and creative nature helped him rise up to great heights. He became the editor of ‘U.S. Camera’ which was a very renowned photo magazine and organized various successful photography shows. He even wrote articles for various photo magazines and even owned a photography gallery in San Francisco. This gallery witnessed his most notable photograph ‘Rose and Driftwood’. He also contributed significantly in creating awareness for forest preservation with the help of his photographs. Following is a collection of notable quotes and thoughts by Ansel Adams which you can apply in modern day photography and life. Go through the thoughts and quotes by Ansel Adams, and who knows it might just click!
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When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.

Ansel Adams

You don't make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.

Ansel Adams

You don't take a photograph, you make it.

Ansel Adams

To the complaint, 'There are no people in these photographs,' I respond, There are always two people: the photographer and the viewer.

Ansel Adams

A great photograph is one that fully expresses what one feels, in the deepest sense, about what is being photographed.

Ansel Adams

There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs.

Ansel Adams

Sometimes I arrive just when God's ready to have somone click the shutter.

Ansel Adams

There is nothing worse than a sharp image of a fuzzy concept.

Ansel Adams

It is horrifying that we have to fight our own government to save the environment.

Ansel Adams

Not everybody trusts paintings but people believe photographs.

Ansel Adams

A photograph is usually looked at- seldom looked into.

Ansel Adams

In wisdom gathered over time I have found that every experience is a form of exploration.

Ansel Adams

A great photograph is a full expression of what one feels about what is being photographed in the deepest sense and is thereby a true expression of what one feels about life in its entirety.

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

Landscape photography is the supreme test of the photographer - and often the supreme disappointment.

Ansel Adams

There are two people in every photograph: the photographer and the viewer

Ansel Adams

The single most important component of a camera is the twelve inches behind it!

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

I have often had a retrospective vision where everything in my past life seems to fall with significance into logical sequence.

Ansel Adams

I don't know anybody who needs a critic to find out what art is.

Ansel Adams

There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer.

Ansel Adams

Sometimes I do get to places just when God's ready to have somebody click the shutter.

Ansel Adams

Every experience is a form of exploration.

Ansel Adams

Dodging and burning are steps to take care of mistakes God made in establishing tonal relationships"..

Ansel Adams

With all art expression, when something is seen, it is a vivid experience, sudden, compelling, and inevitable.

Ansel Adams