Ansell Adams (1902~1984) was the consummate landscape photographer of the American west. Together with Fred Archer he developed the Zone System of exposure, and always pursued technical perfection.  Looking at photos of the man himself, he looks like he must have been a pleasant person to be around, and his quotes reveal a perceptive mind behind the images.

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

“A good photograph is knowing where to stand.”

“There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs. “

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

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

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

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