Ansel Adams Quotes

A good photograph is knowing where to stand.
Ansel Adams
When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.
Ansel Adams
Photography, as a powerful medium of expression and communications, offers an infinite variety of perception, interpretation and execution.
Ansel Adams
Both the grand and the intimate aspects of nature can be revealed in the expressive photograph. Both can stir enduring affirmations and discoveries, and can surely help the spectator in his search for identification with the vast world of natural beauty and wonder surrounding him.
Ansel Adams
A great photograph is one that fully expresses what one feels, in the deepest sense, about what is being photographed.
Ansel Adams
It is my intention to present - through the medium of photography - intuitive observations of the natural world which may have meaning to the spectators.
Ansel Adams
Myths and creeds are heroic struggles to comprehend the truth in the world.
Ansel Adams
It is horrifying that we have to fight our own government to save the environment.
Ansel Adams
The only things in my life that compatibly exists with this grand universe are the creative works of the human spirit.
Ansel Adams
The whole world is, to me, very much "alive" - all the little growing things, even the rocks. I can't look at a swell bit of grass and earth, for instance, without feeling the essential life - the things going on - within them. The same goes for a mountain, or a bit of the ocean, or a magnificent piece of old wood.
Ansel Adams (1941)
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
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


In wisdom gathered over time I have found that every experience is a form of exploration.
Ansel Adams
These people live again in print as intensely as when their images were captured on old dry plates of sixty years ago... I am walking in their alleys, standing in their rooms and sheds and workshops, looking in and out of their windows. Any they in turn seem to be aware of me.
Ansel Adams
You don't take a photograph, you make it.
Ansel Adams
No matter how sophisticated you may be, a large granite mountain cannot be denied - it speaks in silence to the very core of your being.
Ansel Adams
Sometimes I do get to places just when God's ready to have somebody click the shutter.
Ansel Adams
There is nothing worse than a brilliant image of a fuzzy concept.
Ansel Adams
To photograph truthfully and effectively is to see beneath the surfaces and record the qualities of nature and humanity which live or are latent in all things.
Ansel Adams
Millions of men have lived to fight, build palaces and boundaries, shape destinies and societies; but the compelling force of all times has been the force of originality and creation profoundly affecting the roots of human spirit.
Ansel Adams

Ansel Adams Biography

Born: February 20, 1902
Died: April 22, 1984

Ansel Adams was an American photographer and environmentalist. He is most commonly known for his black-and-white photographs of the American West.


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