Expressions without doctrines, my photographs are presented as ends in themselves, images of the endless moments in the world.

Twelve significant photographs in any one year is a good crop.

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

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

The machine-gun approach to photography – by which many negatives are made with the hope that one will be good – is fatal to serious results.

I am sure the next step will be the electronic image, and I hope I shall live to see it. I trust that the creative eye will continue to function, whatever technological innovations may develop.

When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.

Yosemite Valley, to me, is always a sunrise, a glitter of green and golden wonder in a vast edifice of stone and space.

You don't take a photograph, you make it.

Landscape photography is the supreme test of the photographer - and often the supreme disappointment.

A true photograph need not be explained, nor can it be contained in words.

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

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

In wisdom gathered over time I have found that every experience is a form of exploration.

A great photograph is one that fully expresses what one feels, in the deepest sense, about what is being photographed.

A photograph is usually looked at - seldom looked into.

It is horrifying that we have to fight our own government to save the environment.

A good photograph is knowing where to stand.

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

We must remember that a photograph can hold just as much as we put into it, and no one has ever approached the full possibilities of the medium.

No man has the right to dictate what other men should perceive, create or produce, but all should be encouraged to reveal themselves, their perceptions and emotions, and to build confidence in the creative spirit.

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

There are worlds of experience beyond the world of the aggressive man, beyond history, and beyond science. The moods and qualities of nature and the revelations of great art are equally difficult to define; we can grasp them only in the depths of our perceptive spirit.

Photography is more than a medium for factual communication of ideas. It is a creative art.

When I'm ready to make a photograph, I think I quite obviously see in my minds eye something that is not literally there in the true meaning of the word. I'm interested in something which is built up from within, rather than just extracted from without.

Not everybody trusts paintings but people believe photographs.