"I still think the social function of art is that kind of negative aesthetic. Otherwise there’s no social function for it."
"Dead Plant, Barbed Wire, and Razor Wire, Palos Verdes, California" (1983)
"I’d like to document what’s glorious in the West and remains glorious, despite what we’ve done to it. I’d like to be very truthful about that. But I also want to show what is disturbing and what needs correction. The best way to do that- and it’s the way every artist dreams of- is to show it at the same time in the very same rectangle. You’re always in quest for the picture which will catch both, and occasionally that happens."
- Robert Adams