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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
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
There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer.
Ansel Adams
When I'm ready to make a photograph, I think I quite obviously see in my minds eye something that is not literally there in the true meaning of the word. I'm interested in something which is built up from within, rather than just extracted from without.
Ansel Adams
Twelve significant photographs in any one year is a good crop.
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
A good photograph is knowing where to stand.
Ansel Adams
There are worlds of experience beyond the world of the aggressive man, beyond history, and beyond science. The moods and qualities of nature and the revelations of great art are equally difficult to define; we can grasp them only in the depths of our perceptive spirit.
Ansel Adams
A photograph is usually looked at - seldom looked into.
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
When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.
Ansel Adams
Myths and creeds are heroic struggles to comprehend the truth in the world.
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
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
In wisdom gathered over time I have found that every experience is a form of exploration.
Ansel Adams
There is nothing worse than a sharp image of a fuzzy concept.
Ansel Adams
A great photograph is one that fully expresses what one feels, in the deepest sense, about what is being photographed.
Ansel Adams
Sometimes I do get to places just when God's ready to have somebody click the shutter.
Ansel Adams
Photography is more than a medium for factual communication of ideas. It is a creative art.
Ansel Adams
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