Ansel Adams Quotes & Wallpapers

Ansel Adams
Total Quotes: 160

The whole world is, to me, very much "alive" - all the little growing things, even the rocks. I can't look at a swell bit of grass and earth, for instance, without feeling the essential life - the things going on - within them. The same goes for a mountain, or a bit of the ocean, or a magnificent piece of old wood. Ansel Adams

All art is a vision penetrating the illusions of reality, and photography is one form of this vision and revelation. Ansel Adams

I believe the approach of the artist and the approach of the environmentalist are fairly close in that both are, to a rather impressive degree, concerned with the affirmation of life. Ansel Adams

It is increasingly clear to me that my art relates more and more to a sublimation of my closeness to the natural world, it's events, light itself, and the positive it is a personal expression based on observation and reaction, that I am not able to define except in terms of the work itself. Ansel Adams

The craft of photography is the key to good images. Ansel Adams

The dismal half-baked images of the average "reportage" and "documentary" photography are self dammning... the slick manner, the slightly obscure significance, the esoteric fear of simple beauty for its own sake - I am deeply concerned with these manifestations of decay. Gene Smith's work validates my most vigorous convictions that if the documentary photographs is to be truly effective it must contain elements of art, intensity, fine craft and spirituality. All these his work contains and we may turn to his work with gratitude, appreciation and great respect. Ansel Adams

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

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

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

I've always thought photography was an art form, but it had very low appreciation in the beginning, except for some Europeans, and of course Stieglitz. Stieglitz always considered photography to be an art form and is the "father" of the creative concepts of the twentieth century. Ansel Adams

I do not think there is any question of photography being an art form! Ansel Adams

There still is some opposition to it in some museums and art schools, but I think photography has really grown into a mature art form. Ansel Adams

I think we can not categorize. Things do not fit into a mold. Ansel Adams

Photography and photographers have an inevitable development. They progress more or less by steps. Every five or ten years some new point of view is developed and young people are inclined to follow it. Ansel Adams

Now there is a big turnover in the galleries. The top galleries are getting better all the time. A lot of galleries just struggle along, then a new one comes along. There are certainly a great number of galleries. I think this argues well for the art but there are, of course, a lot of "phonies" in all the arts. Ansel Adams

I think photography is being recognized and collected. Its values have certainly gone up and continue to go up. Ansel Adams

Photographers and artists contribute a lot to the world and have a right to exist in relative security and comfort. Ansel Adams

Photography has escalated almost exponentially! It is a language which covers almost every aspect of communication; factual and expressive. Ansel Adams

The photo-journalist and the photo-poet are both important. The problem is to separate the major objectives of the various groups and not to attribute qualities and intentions where they do not belong. Ansel Adams

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