Ansel Adams in 1930 had been training to become a concert pianist while considering a career as a photographer. He decided, after seeing the photographs by Paul Strand, that "the camera, not the piano, would shape [his] destiny." His mother and aunt both pleaded, "Do not give up the piano! The camera cannot express the human soul!" To which Adams replied, "The camera cannot, but the photographer can." - Ansel Adams - in "Black & White Magazine for Collector of Fine Photography" October 2000, Page: 76
I am especially interested in photographing in countries where a new tradition emerges from an ancient one. I am more attracted to the human element than the abstract. - Inge Morath
Photography, fortunately, to me has not only been a profession but also a contact between people - to understand human nature and record, if possible, the best in each individual. - Nickolas Muray