2009 Hasselblad Award to Robert Adams
Jessica: Where do you find your inspiration?
Robert Adams: Anywhere there s light. Photographers are open to gifts. As the poet John Clare wrote, "I found the poems in the fields / And only wrote them down."
Mike: Does art have any practical effect? Does it actually change anything?
Robert Adams: It does, but indirectly. By definition art is not propaganda; the goal is not to excite people to action but to help them find a sense of wholeness and thereby a sense of calm. But from that we take courage for a re-engagement with the specifics of life.
Jill: Why did you choose photography as a way to express yourself?
Robert Adams: My hope is less to express myself than to acknowledge my place. Photography inherently looks outward, and is suited to that goal.