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Ansel Adams

Birthdate: 20. February 1902
Date of death: 22. April 1984

Ansel Easton Adams was an American photographer and environmentalist. His black and white landscape photographs of the American West, especially Yosemite National Park, have been widely reproduced on calendars, posters, books, and the internet.

Adams and Fred Archer developed the Zone System as a way to determine proper exposure and adjust the contrast of the final print. The resulting clarity and depth characterized his photographs. He primarily used large-format cameras because the large film used with these cameras contributed to sharpness in his prints.

Adams founded the photography group known as Group f/64, along with fellow photographers Willard Van Dyke and Edward Weston.

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„To the complaint, 'There are no people in these photographs,' I respond, There are always two people: the photographer and the viewer.“

—  Ansel Adams

Context: I would never apologize for photographing rocks. Rocks can be very beautiful. But, yes, people have asked why I don’t put people into my pictures of the natural scene. I respond, “There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer.” That usually doesn’t go over at all.

„It is horrifying that we have to fight our own Government to save the environment.“

—  Ansel Adams

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May 1983
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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

Attributed to Adams in: AB bookman's weekly: for the specialist book world. (1985) Vol 76, Nr. 19-27; p. 3326

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

—  Ansel Adams

Attributed to Adams in E.T. Schoch (2002), The Everything Digital Photography Book (2002) p. 105

„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 Personal Credo" (1943), published in American Annual of Photography (1944), reprinted in Nathan Lyons, editor, Photographers on Photography (1966), reprinted in Vicki Goldberg, editor, Photography in Print: Writings from 1816 to the Present (1988)

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