Who is Ansel Adams?

I’ve seen this name turn up so many times with some awesome photography quotes so now I decided to actually look up this Ansel Adams guy. He was born in San Francisco 1902 and is most famous for his photos of national parks.

Ansel Adams national parks

Ansel Adams national parks

Ansel Adams national parks

 

He is also a writer and has written several books about photography.

Photography

  • Monolith, The Face of Half Dome, 1927.
  • Rose and Driftwood, 1932.
  • Clearing Winter Storm, 1940.
  • Moon Rise over Hernandez, New Mexico, 1941.
  • Ice on Ellery Lake, Sierra Nevada, 1941.
  • Georgia O’Keeffe and Orville Cox at Canyon de Chelly
  • Aspens, New Mexico, 1958.

Photography books

  • America’s Wilderness, 1997.
  • California, 1997.
  • Yosemite, 1995.
  • The National Park Photographs, 1995.
  • Photographs of the Southwest, 1994.
  • Ansel Adams: In Color, 1993.
  • Our National Parks, 1992.
  • Ansel Adams: Classic Images, 1986.

Technical books

  • The Camera, 1995.
  • The Negative, 1995.
  • The Print, 1995.
  • Examples: The Making of 40 Photographs

Ansel AdamsI really want to check some of them out!

Ansel Adams did not like the school system and quit school early. He educated himself to become a pianist but when he was 14 he got a camera and that was that. He is one of the founders of Group f/64, the zone system and just seems to be a very interesting person that I want to read more about. Se below for some of his awesome famous quotes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The negative is the equivalent of the composer’s score, and the print the performance.
Ansel Adams 

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

A good photograph is knowing where to stand.
Ansel Adams

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

A photograph is usually looked at – seldom looked into.
Ansel Adams

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

In my mind’s eye, I visualize how a particular… sight and feeling will appear on a print. If it excites me, there is a good chance it will make a good photograph. It is an intuitive sense, an ability that comes from a lot of practice.
Ansel Adams
In wisdom gathered over time I have found that every experience is a form of exploration.
Ansel Adams 

It is horrifying that we have to fight our own government to save the environment.
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

Landscape photography is the supreme test of the photographer – and often the supreme disappointment.
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

Myths and creeds are heroic struggles to comprehend the truth in the world.
Ansel Adams

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 

Not everybody trusts paintings but people believe photographs.
Ansel Adams

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

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

Sometimes I do get to places just when God’s ready to have somebody click the shutter.
Ansel Adams 

There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer.
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

There is nothing worse than a sharp image of a fuzzy concept.
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 

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

You don’t take a photograph, you make it.
Ansel Adams 

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

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

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

“To photograph truthfully and effectively is to see beneath the surfaces.” – Ansel Adams

“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

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

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

“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

“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

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

“There’s nothing worse than a sharp image of a fuzzy concept.” – Ansel Adams

“The sheer ease with which we can produce a superficial image often leads to creative disaster.” – Ansel Adams

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

“Landscape photography is the supreme test of the photographer, and often the supreme disappointment.” – Ansel Adams

“Sometimes I do get to places just when God’s ready to have somebody click the shutter.” – Ansel Adams

“Notebook. No photographer should be without one.” – Ansel Adams

“…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

“The negative is the equivalent of the composer’s score, and the print the performance.” – Ansel Adams

“Dodging and burning are steps to take care of mistakes God made in establishing tonal relationships.” – Ansel Adams

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

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

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

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

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

“To photograph truthfully and effectively is to see beneath the surfaces.” – Ansel Adams

“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

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

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

“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

“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

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

“There’s nothing worse than a sharp image of a fuzzy concept.” – Ansel Adams

“The sheer ease with which we can produce a superficial image often leads to creative disaster.” – Ansel Adams

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

“Landscape photography is the supreme test of the photographer, and often the supreme disappointment.” – Ansel Adams

“Sometimes I do get to places just when God’s ready to have somebody click the shutter.” – Ansel Adams

“Notebook. No photographer should be without one.” – Ansel Adams

“…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

“The negative is the equivalent of the composer’s score, and the print the performance.” – Ansel Adams

“Dodging and burning are steps to take care of mistakes God made in establishing tonal relationships.” – Ansel Adams

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

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

“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

– See more at: http://www.johnpaulcaponigro.com/blog/11531/22-quotes-by-photographer-ansel-adams/#sthash.PFjwzzKi.dpu

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

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

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

“To photograph truthfully and effectively is to see beneath the surfaces.” – Ansel Adams

“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

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

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

“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

“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

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

“There’s nothing worse than a sharp image of a fuzzy concept.” – Ansel Adams

“The sheer ease with which we can produce a superficial image often leads to creative disaster.” – Ansel Adams

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

“Landscape photography is the supreme test of the photographer, and often the supreme disappointment.” – Ansel Adams

“Sometimes I do get to places just when God’s ready to have somebody click the shutter.” – Ansel Adams

“Notebook. No photographer should be without one.” – Ansel Adams

“…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

“The negative is the equivalent of the composer’s score, and the print the performance.” – Ansel Adams

“Dodging and burning are steps to take care of mistakes God made in establishing tonal relationships.” – Ansel Adams

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

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

“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

– See more at: http://www.johnpaulcaponigro.com/blog/11531/22-quotes-by-photographer-ansel-adams/#sthash.PFjwzzKi.dpuf

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