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Ansel Adams Quotes About Photography, Life, Nature, & Environment! Ansel Adams, a landscape photographer and environmentalist is well recognized for his work. On this day in history in San Francisco, he was first given life on February 20, 1902. He developed a passion for piano playing and taught himself the instrument early on. However, after a vacation to Yosemite National Park, he began to experiment with photography.

Ansel Adams Quotes

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He took it a step further and started attending camera club meetings and displaying an interest in learning about the darkroom. His work at the Best’s Studio in Yosemite Valley was his first benchmark in this field, and he sold out. In 1928, Ansel Adams had the good fortune to marry Virginia Best, the daughter of the owner of the Best’s Studios. In 1935, he received the studio, and it served as his primary place of work until 1971 when he moved to another location.

The years 1929 to 1942, his career and fame were at their pinnacles, and the professional triumph is a pride of his first portfolio, Parmelian Prints of the High Sierras. The image “Monolith, the Face of Half Dome” was featured in this magazine because it was iconic. While still focusing on close-ups of mountains and factories, Ansel Adams began to focus more on the finer details of each. Throughout his career, he never lost his enthusiasm for photography and writing.

For a unique photo essay called “wartime injustice,” he continued to take pictures of life in the camps. Another of his extraordinary works is a click-to-hold image of the rising moon over a village taken precisely one week before the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. On April 22, 1984, he died.

Best Ansel Adams Quotes

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

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

3. “A great photograph is one that fully expresses what one feels, in the deepest sense, about what is being photographed.” – Ansel Adams

4. “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

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

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

7. “…one sees differently with color photography than black-and-white… in short, visualization must be modified by the specific nature of the equipment and materials being used.” – Ansel Adams

8. “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” – Ansel Adams

9. “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

10. “You don’t take a photograph, you make it.” – Ansel Adams

11. “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

12. “A good photograph is knowing where to stand.” – Ansel Adams

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

14. “A photograph is usually looked at – seldom looking into.” – Ansel Adams

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

16. “To visualize an image (in whole or in part) is to see clearly in the mind prior to exposure, a continuous projection from composing the image through the final print.” – Ansel Adams

17. “It is the photographer, not the camera, that is the instrument.” – Ansel Adams

18. “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

19. “Not everybody trusts paintings but people believe photographs.” – Ansel Adams

20. “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

21. “With all art expression, when something is seen, it is a vivid experience, sudden, compelling, and inevitable.” – Ansel Adams

22. “There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer.” – Ansel Adams

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

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

25. “I am sure the next step will be the electronic image, and I hope I shall live to see it. I trust that the creative eye will continue to function, whatever technological innovations may develop.” – Ansel Adams

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