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Ansel Adams
Ansel Adams

Legendary nature photographer Ansel Adams was given his first camera, a Kodak Box Brownie, on vacation in Yosemite National Park. Though he wanted to be a musician, the art of photography fascinated him. After viewing the work of his friend, photographer Paul Strand, his career direction was set. Adams' name is virtually synonymous with the Sierra Nevadas, which he recorded with tremendous…

Date of Birth: February 20, 1902
Date of Death: April 22, 1984


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"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
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"I tried to keep both arts alive, but the camera won. I found that while the camera does not express the soul, perhaps a photograph can!" Ansel Adams
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"Landscape photography is the supreme test of the photographer - and often the supreme disappointment." Ansel Adams
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"There is nothing worse than a brilliant image of a fuzzy concept." Ansel Adams
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"When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence." Ansel Adams
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"You don't take a photograph, you make it." Ansel Adams
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"A photograph is usually looked at - seldom looked into." Ansel Adams
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"In wisdom gathered over time I have found that every experience is a form of exploration." Ansel Adams
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"Our lives at times seem a study in contrast... love & hate, birth & death, right & wrong... everything seen in absolutes of black & white. Too often we are not aware that it is the shades of grey that add depth & meaning to the starkness of those extremes." Ansel Adams
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"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
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"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
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"A true photograph need not be explained, nor can it be contained in words." Ansel Adams
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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
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"There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer." Ansel Adams
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"Not everybody trusts paintings but people believe photographs." Ansel Adams
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"There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs." Ansel Adams
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"The only things in my life that compatibly exist with this grand universe are the creative works of the human spirit." Ansel Adams
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"Some photographers take reality... and impose the domination of their own thought and spirit. Others come before reality more tenderly and a photograph to them is an instrument of love and revelation." Ansel Adams
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"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
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"Sometimes I do get to places just when God's ready to have somebody click the shutter." Ansel Adams
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"A great photograph is one that fully expresses what one feels, in the deepest sense, about what is being photographed." Ansel Adams
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