Ansel Adams quote

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jimkahnw Regular Member • Posts: 171
Ansel Adams quote

Adams has been quoted in numerous places stating "There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs."

I want to know the context in which he made this statement. I've searched the internet, including google scholar and no where can I find the source. I therefore question it's attribution, not it's merit--which we could debate.

Knowing that Adams was a perfectionist and paid painstaking attention to detail both in the field and in the darkroom, I'm sure he followed certain methods when composing and processing a photograph, if not strict rules. He has left an ample archive documenting his practice and techniques; perhaps these are his "rules." For instance, standardizing film processing, using precise temperature, times and formulas is essential for predictable results. Looks like rules to me.

Does anyone know where and when and in what context he made this statement?


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