Ansel Adams
[Photographer, b. 1902, San Francisco, d. 1984, Carmel, California.]

 A photograph is usually looked at—seldom looked into. 
 What you’ve got are not photographers. They’re a bunch of sociologists with cameras. (To Roy Stryker, head of the photographers of the Farm Security Administration) 
 Sometimes I do get to places just when God’s ready to have somebody click the shutter. 
 Not everybody trusts paintings but people believe photographs. 
 You bring to photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved. 
 Dodging and burning are steps to take care of mistakes God made in establishing tonal relationships. 
 Landscape photography is the supreme test of the photographer—and often the supreme disappointment. 
 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. 
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