Ansel Adams

Quotations

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.

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

In my mind’s eye, I visualize how a particular … sight and feeling will appear on a print. If it excites me, there is a good chance it will make a good photograph. It is an intuitive sense, an ability that comes from a lot of practice.

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

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

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

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

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