"I still think the social function of art is that kind of negative aesthetic. Otherwise there’s no social function for it."
"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