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In 1979, I received a phone call from Ansel Adams asking
by John Sexton

In 1979, I received a phone call from Ansel Adams asking
me if I would be willing to consider coming to work for him.
I was teaching photography in Southern California at that point.
- John Sexton

I remember being shocked when I came out from under
the focusing cloth after a minute or two being submerged within that,
at the startling green color of those ferns.
- John Sexton

When I'm about ready to press the cable release on the View camera,
I've tried to anticipate some of the challenges I'm
going to encounter in the darkroom.
- John Sexton

So to me it's very similar in terms of trying to distill within the image,
those elements that are gonna form, hopefully,
a compelling visual statement.
- John Sexton

 

I've never seen a surface that I think is more seductive in image making.
- John Sexton

We all start in this medium because of the magic and
the challenge is to keep it going.
- John Sexton

I support any procedure that allows photographers to express themselves,
whether that involves color, black and white,
platinum, palladium and digital technology.
- John Sexton

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In my mind I needed a symbol of today's technology,
and I realized that what I wanted to photograph was the Space Shuttle.
And so that's where Places of Power came into being.
- John Sexton

I really don't have any secrets.
I've never met a photographer whose work I respected
that had a secret because the secret lies within each and every one of us.
- John Sexton

He was a very generous soul and was exceptionally dedicated
to the medium of photography.
- John Sexton

I make photographs and still make photographs of the natural environment.
It's a love because that was part of my life before
I was involved in photography.
- John Sexton

And friends of mine that had photography class in high
school would develop the film and make prints and I'd
take them back to the track and give 'em away or try and sell them.
Much to my parents' dismay, I majored in photography in college.
- John Sexton

It had rained on some vivid green ferns in Maine and it was quite beautiful.
I was moving the camera slightly and studying the ground glass.
Looking at those 20 square inches, trying to find out
just what were the right elements to include.
- John Sexton

I've found even after nearly 30 years of doing this,
there are all kinds of new surprises that rear their
heads at various times and I truly believe that 51% of the images,
success takes place in the darkroom.
- John Sexton

There is a considerable amount of manipulation in the
printmaking from the straight photograph to the finished print.
If I do my job correctly that shouldn't be visible at all,
it should be transparent.
- John Sexton

And as part of my activity there, he had indicated
he wanted me to work with him on that and conduct the various technical tests.
And so a few months later I moved from Southern California
up to the Monterey Peninsula where I still live today.
- John Sexton

One of the workshop participants had shown me a single
8 X 10 photograph of a power plant where he actually
was the general manager of this power cooperative.
It was quite magical to me.
- John Sexton

The reason I do workshops is so I can learn,
and I am fortunate that I've probably gained more from
the whole experience of teaching than any one participant has.
It is all about asking.
- John Sexton

Having photographed the landscape for a number of years
and specifically working with trees and in the forest I found,
without consciously thinking about it,
that it was a great learning experience for me in terms of organizing elements.
- John Sexton

When I teach and meet a class for the first time,
you realize that there are people there that have exceptional
abilities or have the potential to do exceptional things
and you never know who those people are.
My job is to provide the best information I can.
- John Sexton

I took a workshop from him a few months after that.
That experience changed my whole approach to photography.
At that workshop in Yosemite in 1973 I decided I wanted
to try and see if I could pursue this for myself,
and I'm still trying.
- John Sexton

It was an experience that was exceptional.
People frequently ask what it was like and it truly was inspiring.
Sometimes during his lifetime, people would try and
put him on a pedestal and that's not where he wanted to be,
but he was really a great individual.
- John Sexton

So when I became interested in photography and further
being inspired by the work that I saw of Ansel and others,
it was a natural extension to go back to these places
that I knew as a kid and explore them with my camera.
- John Sexton

For me the printing process is part of the magic of photography.
It's that magic that can be exciting,
disappointing, rewarding and frustrating all in the
same few moments in the darkroom.
- John Sexton

The first day at the power plant I found myself photographing
some steam vents on the roof of the structure.
And I remember consciously thinking that they were
just like trees but they were metal.
- John Sexton

When the object that is produced, the photographic
image has the ability to make tears come to your eyes;
to inspire you to the point where you have to catch your breath,
then nothing else matters.
- John Sexton

I think the greatest photographers are the amateur
photographers who do it because they love it.
Arnold Newman is a good example; he is a consummate professional,
but he's also an 'amateur' in the pure sense of the word.
- John Sexton

Whatever it takes to get the image to reach that level
is what that photographer needs to do.
And for me, I just have such a love of the tactile
and sensuous quality of a black and white silver gelatin print.
- John Sexton

Today my passion is still black and white.
Today if I have an array of cameras in front of me
the one I would reach for that I would feel most comfortable
with would be a 4 X 5 View camera.
I was once working in a sort of soft light situation.
- John Sexton

And then as I frequently do, some times I'll peek out
from underneath the focusing cloth and just look around
the edges of the frame that I'm not seeing,
see if there's something that should be adjusted in
terms of changing the camera position.
- John Sexton

I remembered seeing it and it was this metallic turbine
and I thought it was beautiful.
I had never been in a power plant before,
but I felt, without being overly dramatic,
compelled to make photographs of this for myself.
- John Sexton

It was amazing to watch him in the darkroom at an advanced age,
still get excited when the results were pleasing.
He still struggled like we all do in the darkroom and
he struggled behind the camera,
and when he had a success he was beaming.
- John Sexton

And the camera position, the organization,
looking for repeating forms, shapes,
trying to set up a visual rhythm seemed to come very natural.
All of a sudden I was in a forest of aluminum and steel
rather than a forest that we might think of in a traditional sense.
- John Sexton

In 1979, Alien came out and Sigourney was in it with a bunch a guys.
Nobody at that time expected the woman to be the hero,
so that was a tradition that started.
- Sanaa Lathan

I've been rapping since 1979.
- Coolio

The Chinese government since 1979 has been very successful in economic development,
and successful enough, simply by surviving,
in the realm of political development.
- William Kirby

If I take a less defensive tone, I'd admit that I couldn't
write today a very jazzy,
contemporary look at America as I did in 1979 in States of Desire.
- Edmund White

Dick Moss, my agent.
Dick became my agent in 1979 when I signed my contract with the Houston Astros.
- Nolan Ryan

It's becoming very much like 1979 again.
- Richard Wright

According to the official version of history,
CIA aid to the Mujahadeen began during 1980,
that is to say, after the Soviet army invaded Afghanistan,
24 Dec 1979.
- Zbigniew Brzezinski

The trial organized with U.N.
participation of some kind will be for crimes committed
by Khmer Rouge leaders from 1975 to 1979.
That's it.
- Hun Sen

I find it disturbing that the media keeps referring to my marriage,
since I got divorced in 1979.
But the media never wants to let me forget.
- Bianca Jagger

I don't think I went a year or so without a record between 1959 and 1979,
sometimes two.
- Dave Van Ronk

The United Nations organization has proclaimed 1979
as the Year of the Child.
Are the children to receive the arms race from us as a necessary inheritance?
- Pope John Paul II

I was born on May 17, 1979, in Newark,
New Jersey.
- Joe Tex

My first album came out in 1979.
- Teena Marie

In 1979 I teamed up with my friend and business partner,
Bill DeWitt, and together we formed an oil and gas
company that invested through limited partnerships
in oil and gas exploration.
- Mercer Reynolds

It's just gossip, you know. Gossip is the new pornography.
- the Woody Allen movie Manhattan (1979)

Let us touch the dying, the poor,
the lonely and the unwanted
according to the graces we have received
and let us not be ashamed
or slow to do the humble work.
- Mother Teresa

Do not overrate what you have received, nor envy others.
He who envies others does not obtain peace of mind.
- The Buddha

No person was ever honored for what he received.
Honor has been the reward for what he gave.
- Calvin Coolidge

Forgiveness is the salve that heals
the wounds of unkind words and acts.
Forgive everyone for every hurt you have ever received -
for your own sake, that you may live in peace.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

There are many answers you have received
but have not yet heard.
- A Course In Miracles

When one fully lives a life of acceptance,
life's vagaries are not merely tolerated,
but are received as a gift.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

My compassionate intents are generally received clearly
and acted upon - perhaps not immediately,
or in exactly the way I hope -
but acted upon favorably, nonetheless.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Completion:
It is time for the project to be over.
You submitted the proposal, you painted your house,
you passed-in the term paper.
Whatever praise or criticism you received,
it is now time to move on to your next project.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It is my choice to care deeply about others.
No kindness is too small to be important -
the smile to the bank teller,
the sincere "thank you" for all kindnesses received,
the reassuring hand on the shoulder of a loved one or friend.
There is compassion in selfless generosity,
but there is also compassion in heartfelt empathy.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The source of most worry is a lack of acceptance
of the uncertainties of the future.
When one fully lives a life of acceptance,
life's vagaries are not merely tolerated,
but are received as a gift.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I prayed for twenty years but received no answer until I prayed with my legs.
- Frederick Douglass

Expectation (demand) is always a cause of suffering.
Rather than "expecting" to be repaid
when we "loan" something to someone,
consider the "loans" we make to be forward payments
for the "loans" we received from
our ancestors, nurturers and others.
Request that any "loan" that we make be repaid FORWARD,
when the recipient is able,
and then completely forget about the "loan."
It is no longer our business if, when, or how
the "loan" is repaid - or is not repaid.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It is absolutely imperative that we protect,
preserve and pass on this genetic heritage for man
and every other living thing in as good a condition as we received it.
- David R. Brower

I have been both praised and criticized.
The criticism stung, but the praise sometimes bothered me even more.
To have received such praise and honors has always been puzzling to me.
- Billy Joel

Our staff not only received the reports from these agencies,
they examined them.
They questioned them.
- John Sherman Cooper

O wise man!
Give your wealth only to the worthy and never to others.
The water of the sea received by the clouds is always sweet.
- Chanakya

More and more, unsolicited gifts from without are likely
to be received with unconscious resentment.
- Edward Sapir

My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw.
All I am I owe to my mother.
I attribute all my success in life to the moral,
intellectual and physical education I received from her.
- George Washington

On the 28th the ship's company received two months pay in advance,
and on the following morning we worked out to St.
Helen's, where we were obliged to anchor.
- William Bligh

The first money I ever had was when I received an award
from the American Association of University Women.
- Marguerite Young

I have also noticed that when a rider who had confidence
in his ability was defeated,
after doing his level best to win, always received
an ovation from the gathering.
- Major Taylor

We were the laughingstock of that first season...
It was with great relish several years later that I
received a TV Guide award for favorite actress on television.
- Roma Downey

Between Clive Owen winning at the Golden Globes and
the British Academy announcing its nominations,
of which Sideways received only one,
I'm feeling pretty humbled these days.
- Thomas Haden Church


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