Quotes by
Ansel Adams

[1902 - 1984] American landscape photographer

Ansel Adams

On being asked which to save first from a burning house - the wife or the negatives...

The picture history of photography: From the earliest beginnings to the present day by Peter Pollack

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Photographers on Photographers (Aperture Vol 151) by Helen Levitt, Gordon Parks, Eikoh Hosoe

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We all move on the fringes of eternity and are sometimes granted vistas through fabric of illusion. Many refuse to admit it: I feel a mystery exists. There are certain times, when, as on the whisper of the wind, there comes a clear and quiet realisation that there is indeed a presence in the world, a nonhuman entity that is not necessarily inhuman.
My private glimpses of some ideal reality create a lasting mood that that has often been recalled in some of my photographs. . . the subtle change of light across a waterfall moved me as did a singular vista of a far-off mountain under a leaden sky. Others might well have not responded at all. Deep resonances of spirit exist, giving us glimpses of a reality far beyond our general appreciation, and knowledge. . . .no matter how many stars we see in a clear mountain sky, we now know that they are but a minuscule fragment of the total population of suns and planets in the billions of galaxies out there in the incomprehensible void.

The only things in my life that compatibly exist with this grand universe are the creative works of the human spirit.

I have often had a retrospective vision where everything in my past life seems to fall with significance into logical sequence. Intuition, suspicion, or confidence in new ventures; there is a strange strain within me when advantage is not taken of some situation, the immediacy of recognition of the rightness or wrongness of a mood, a response, a decision - they are so often valid that I am increasingly convinced that we have yet to grasp the reality of existence.

Ansel Adams : An Autobiography by Ansel Adams, Mary Street Alinder (Contributor)

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Master Photographers – The World’s Great Photographers on their Art and Technique

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revealing his musical background while explaining the importance of his darkroom technique.

1000 Photo Icons by Anthony Bannon (Foreword), George Eastman House

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[Popular Photography 1/1980, p. 159, “Proof Sheet”


"“What digital camera" November 2012, (PDEF version), p. 24