100 Most Famous Photography Quotes Of All Time


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Photography Quotes by Famous Photographers

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1. “Photography helps people to see.” — Berenice Abbott

2. Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst.” – Henri Cartier-Bresson

3. “Photography is an austere and blazing poetry of the real.” – Ansel Adams

4. “Photography is the story I fail to put into words.” – Destin Sparks

5. “There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs.” – Ansel Adams

6. “When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.” – Ansel Adams

7. “For me, the camera is a sketchbook, an instrument of intuition and spontaneity.” – Henri Cartier-Bresson

8. “Photography for me is not looking, it’s feeling. If you can’t feel what you’re looking at, then you’re never going to get others to feel anything when they look at your pictures.” — Don McCullin

9. “When I photograph I make love.” – Alfred Stieglitz

10. “We will start from one of my most favorite quotes from the photography legend.” – Ansel Adams

11. “The negative is the equivalent of the composer’s score and the print the performance.” – Ansel Adams

12. “There is one thing the photo must contain – the humanity of the moment.” – Robert Frank

13. “Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever… It remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.” – Aaron Siskind

14. “It’s not enough to just own a camera. Everyone owns a camera. To be a photographer, you must understand, appreciate, and harness the power you hold!” – Mark Denman

15. “If you are out there shooting, things will happen for you. If you’re not out there, you’ll only hear about it.” – Jay Maisel

16. “Photography is the art of making memories tangible.” – Destin Sparks

17. “When you photograph people in color, you photograph their clothes. But when you photograph people in Black and white, you photograph their souls!” – Ted Grant

18. “A photograph is usually looked at – seldom looked into.” – Ansel Adams

19. “A good snapshot keeps a moment that s gone from running away.” – Eudora Welty

20. “Photography deals exquisitely with appearances, but nothing is what it appears to be.” – Duane Michals

21. “If you can’t feel what you’re looking at, then you’re never going to get others to feel anything when they look at your pictures.” – Don McCullin

22. “It is an illusion that photos are made with the camera… they are made with the eye, heart, and head.” -Henri Cartier-Bresson

23. “A portrait is not made in the camera but on either side of it.” – Edward Steichen

24. “It’s one thing to make a picture of what a person looks like, it’s another thing to make a portrait of who they are.” – Paul Caponigro

25. “Taking pictures is like tiptoeing into the kitchen late at night and stealing Oreo cookies.” – Diane Arbus

26. “A thing that you see in my pictures is that I was not afraid to fall in love with these people.” – Annie Leibovitz

27. I go and get the camera and do it. Photography is a medium in which if you don’t do it then, very often you don’t do it at all, because it doesn’t happen twice.” – Paul Strand

28. “The photo that you took with your camera is the imagination you want to create with reality.” – Scott Lorenzo

29. “In the world of photography, you get to share a captured moment with other people.” – James Wilson

30. “Your photography is a record of your living, for anyone who really sees.” – Paul Strand

31. “If the photographer is interested in the people in front of his lens, and if he is compassionate, it’s already a lot. The instrument is not the camera but the photographer.” – Eve Arnold

32. “Photographers stop photographing subjects too soon before they have exhausted the possibilities.” – Dorothea Lange

33. “Taking pictures is savoring life intensely, every hundredth of a second.” – Marc Riboud

34. “Once you learn to care, you can record images with your mind or on film. There is no difference between the two.” – Anon

35. “Photograph: a picture painted by the sun without instruction in art.” – Ambrose Bierce

36. “My own eyes are no more than scouts on a preliminary search, or the camera’s eye may entirely change my idea.” – Edward Weston

37. “Photography is truth. The cinema is truth twenty-four times per second.” – Jean-Luc Godard

38. “The painter constructs, the photographer discloses.” – Susan Sontag

39. “A good photograph is knowing where to stand.” – Ansel Adams

40. “It is my intention to present – through the medium of photography – intuitive observations of the natural world which may have meaning to the spectators.” – Ansel Adams

41. “The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.” – Dorothea Lange

42. “Actually, I’m not all that interested in the subject of photography. Once the photo is in the box, I’m not all that interested in what happens next. Hunters, after all, aren’t cooks.” – Henri Cartier-Bresson

43. “The painter constructs, the photographer discloses.” – Susan Sontag

44. “In my mind, I visualize how a particular… sight will appear on a print. If it excites me, there is a good chance it will make a good photograph. It is an intuitive sense, an ability that comes from a lot of practice.” – Ansel Adams

45. “The camera makes you forget you’re there. It’s not like you are hiding but you forget, you are just looking so much.” – Annie Leibovitz

46. “If you see something that moves you, and then snap it, you keep a moment.” – Linda McCartney

47. “To me, photography is the simultaneous recognition, in a fraction of a second, of the significance of an event.” – Henri Cartier-Bresson

48. “There are always two people in every photo: the photographer and the viewer.” – Ansel Adams

49. “A photograph is a secret about a secret. The more it tells you the less you know.” – Diane Arbus

50. “Always shoot from the shadow side.” – Ted Grant

Inspirational Photography Quotes

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51. “Light makes photography. Embrace light. Admire it. Love it. But above all, know light. Know it for all you are worth, and you will know the key to photography.” – George Eastman

52. “What I like about photographs is that they capture a moment that’s gone forever, impossible to reproduce.” – Karl Lagerfeld

53. “The artist’s world is limitless. It can be found anywhere far from where he lives or a few feet away. It is always on his doorstep.” – Paul Strand

54. “God creates the beauty. My camera and I are a witness.” – Mark Denman

55. “Photography is an immediate reaction, drawing is a meditation.” – Henri Cartier-Bresson

56. . “Beauty can be seen in all things, seeing and composing the beauty is what separates the snapshot from the photograph.” – Matt Hardy

57. “If I could tell the story in words, I wouldn’t need to lug around a camera.” – Lewis Hine

58. “Photography has been my way of bearing witness to the joy I find in seeing the extraordinary in ordinary.” -Harold Feinstein

59. “You don’t take a photograph, you make it.” – Ansel Adams

60. “It’s amazing how photography can capture just a split second of something exquisite.” – Kiera Cass

61. “The camera sees more than the eye, so why not make use of it?” – Edward Weston

62. “I love the people I photograph. I mean, they’re my friends. I’ve never met most of them or I don’t know them at all, yet through the image, I live with them.”– Bruce Gilden

63. “Photography is the simplest thing in the world, but it is incredibly complicated to make it really work.” – Martin Parr

64. “One advantage of photography is that it’s visual and can transcend language.” – Lisa Kristine

65. “My camera is my passport.” – Steve McCurry

66. “Photography, to me, is catching a moment which is passing, and which is true.” – Jacques-Henri Lartigue

67. “The camera is an excuse to be someplace you otherwise don’t belong. It gives me both a point of connection and a point of separation.” – Susan Meiselas

68. “Most things in life are moments of pleasure and a lifetime of embarrassment; photography is a moment of embarrassment and a lifetime of pleasure.” – Tony Benn

69. “In photography, there are no shadows that cannot be illuminated.” – August Sander

70. “The camera is much more than a recording apparatus, it is a medium via which messages reach us from another world.” – Orson Welles

71. “I never have taken a picture I’ve intended. They’re always better or worse.” – Diane Arbus

72. “To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place…” – Eliott Erwitt

73. “Today everything exists to end in a photograph.” – Susan Sontag

74. “Photography is a means by which we learn to see the ordinary.” – David Bailey

75. “Photography has no rules, it is not a sport. It is the result which counts, no matter how it is achieved.” – Bill Brandt

76. “Kodak sells film, but they don’t advertise film; they advertise memories.” – Theodore Levitt

77. “A photograph is like a recipe – the memory is the finished dish.” – Carrie Latet

78. “The best thing about a picture is that it never changes, even when the people in it do.” — Andy Warhol

79. “Contrast is what makes photography interesting.” – Conrad Hall

80. “The art of photography is all about directing the attention of the viewer.” – Steven Pinker

81. “It is more important to click with people than to click the shutter.” – Alfred Eisenstaedt

82. “I like to photograph others before they know what their best angles are.” – Ellen Von Unwerth

83. “We are making photographs to understand what our lives mean to us.” – Ralph Hattersley

84. “Photography is an itch that won’t go away. No matter how much you scratch it.” – Dara McGrath

85. “Photography is the recording of strangeness and beauty with beguiling precision.” – Sebastian Smee

86. “Every artist has a central story to tell, and the difficulty, the impossible task, is trying to present that story in pictures” – Gregory Crewdson

87. “I have always been fascinated by the poetic condition of twilight. By its transformative quality. Its power of turning the ordinary into something magical and otherworldly. “ – Gregory Crewdson

88. “Skill in photography is acquired by practice, and not by purchase.” -Percy W. Harris

89. “You photograph with all your ideology.” – Sebastiao Salgado

90. “Your inspiration is better if it comes from many different sources and your sensibilities will transform all those influences and inspiration into your own visual world. It’s like reading the book instead of watching the movie.” – Peter Lindbergh

91. “The formula for doing a good job in photography is to think like a poet.” -Imogen Cunningham

92. “We see in colour all the time. Black and white is therefore immediately an interpretation of the world, rather than a copy.” – Michael Kenna

93. “The golden rule in the arts, as far as I am concerned, is that all rules are meant to be broken.” -Michael Kenna

94. “To consult the rules of composition before making a picture is a little like consulting the law of gravitation before going for a walk.” – Edward Weston

95. “If I have any ‘message’ worth giving to a beginner it is that there are no shortcuts in photography.” – Edward Weston

96. “After following the crowd for a while, I’d then go 180 degrees in the exact opposite direction. It always worked for me.” – Elliott Erwitt

97. “To me, photography must suggest, not insist or explain.” – Brassai

98. “To photograph: it is to put on the same line of sight the head, the eye and the heart.” – Henri Cartier-Bresson

99. “A photojournalist makes snap decisions; based on the ability to quickly assess situations and record one’s perceived truth.” – Jack Dykinga

100. “What I like about photographs is that they capture a moment that’s gone forever, impossible to reproduce.” – Karl Lagerfeld

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