“Most of Ansel’s iconic images required greater printing skills than most photographers possess. For Ansel, the creative process began at the camera but did not end until he felt a sense of satisfaction in the in the darkroom. His photographic prints are a personal intensification of what was in front of the camera. They reveal not only the photographic process, but also the photographer.” — John Sexton, a fine photographer and Ansel’s photographic assistant in the 1970’s
“Yosemite Valley, to me, is always a sunrise, a glitter of green and golden wonder in a vast edifice of stone and space. I know of no sculpture, painting or music that exceeds the compelling spiritual command of the soaring shape of granite cliff and dome, of patina of light on rock and forest, and of the thunder and whispering of the falling, flowing waters. At first the colossal aspect may dominate; then we perceive and respond to the delicate and persuasive complex of nature.” – Ansel Adams
“My photography is very strongly based on music. I think photography is the reflection of things, which already exist in their own right, but they need an artist so that they may be fully seen and understood by man. These worldly things may be in physical form, as the setting moon, or in the form of sound, as ocean breakers pounding on the shore and rain tinkling down on the gravel.
In my work I would like to impart that impression of sound, music, emotion or philosophy, whatever you will, of that moment when you are on the top of the mountain standing all by yourself with your camera, that moment’s loneliness and exultation. I would like to impart not just visual sensations but the third dimension of the visual world.” – Johsel Namkung