"I still think the social function of art is that kind of negative aesthetic. Otherwise there’s no social function for it."
"From Lookout Mountain, at Buffalo Bill’s Grave. Jefferson County, Colorado" (1970)
"Natural light has a mysterious quality that is always perfect. You can’t screw up natural light (you can use it more or less effectively), but it’s perhaps the compelling mystery. It’s why you become a photographer. To paraphrase Paul Caponigro, quoted by John Szarkowski, your decision to make a photograph is a kind of seduction, and the seduction is worked by light. Kenneth Clark remarked in one of his books that the thing that distinguishes a landscape painter is an especially intense emotional response to light. And I do believe that’s true."
- Robert Adams