Quick was also befriended by Dorothea Lange in Berkeley. She even retained him for a brief period to work for her as a printer. Quick characterizes the experience as interesting, but says that Lange was difficult to get along with. And, during these same years, Quick attended the classes taught by Fred Archer and Ansel Adams at Art Center, where the efficacies of the zone system in the making of photographs was then being promoted. Quick had already adopted the zone system, but was eager for information that would guide him in its application.
In later years Quick found a friend in the person of Max Yavno, who helped him develop his technique and discover the essential style that would characterize his work from then on. Yavno became both friend and confidant over the years, and is counted among a handful of photographers whom Quick truly admires and respects. The two of them developed a deep collaborative relationship that would end only with Yavno's death a few years ago. They were kindred spirits in many ways, both equally dedicated to photography to the point of sacrifice. Quick has never married, maintains an almost hermit-like existence in a house that is more photographic studio than home, and devotes most of his waking life to the pursuit of photography. He estimates that perhaps half of his lifetime income has been spent on photography and its material requirements. Judging from the contents of his house, studio, and shops, it seems a conservative estimate.