55 Photography Quotes to Inspire You

55 Photography Quotes to Inspire You

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

“Best wide-angle lens? Two steps backward.”
— Ernst Haas

“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

“I fell in love with the process of taking pictures, with wandering around finding things. To me it feels like a kind of performance. The picture is a document of that performance.” 
— Alec Soth

“What makes photography a strange invention is that its primary raw materials are light and time.” 
— John Berger

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

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

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

“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

“Which of my photographs is my favorite? The one I’m going to take tomorrow.”
— Imogen Cunningham

“Only photograph what you love.”
— Tim Walker

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

“Anyone can shoot chaos. But the most perceptive photographers can make compelling pictures out of uninteresting moments.”
— Alex Tehrani

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

“Quit trying to find beautiful objects to photograph. Find the ordinary objects so you can transform it by photographing it.”
— Morley Baer

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

“A good photograph is one that communicates a fact, touches the heart and leaves the viewer a changed person for having seen it. It is, in a word, effective.”
— Irving Penn

“A picture is worth a thousand words.”
— Arthur Brisbane

“Allow yourself the freedom to step away from perfection because it is only then that you can find success.”
— Chase Jarvis

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

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

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

“There is one thing the photograph must contain, the humanity of the moment.”
— Robert Frank

“You just have to live and life will give you pictures.”
— Henri Cartier Bresson

“Photography can light up darkness and expose ignorance.”
— Lewis Hine

“I like to photograph anyone before they know what their best angles are.”
— Ellen Von Unwerth

“There is only you and your camera. The limitations in your photography are in yourself, for what we see is what we are.”
— Ernst Haas

“If a photographer cares about the people before the lens and is compassionate, much is given. It is the photographer, not the camera, that is the instrument.”
— Eve Arnold

“I am forever chasing light. Light turns the ordinary into the magical.”
— Trent Parke

“My life is shaped by the urgent need to wander and observe, and my camera is my passport.”
— Steve McCurry

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

“The more pictures you see, the better you are as a photographer.”
— Robert Mapplethorpe

“Photography is a language more universal than words.”
— Minor White

“Photography is for me, a spontaneous impulse that comes from an ever-attentive eye, which captures the moment and its eternity.”
— Henri Cartier Bresson

“Wherever there is light, one can photograph.”
— Alfred Stieglitz

“Twelve significant photographs in one year is a good crop.”
— Ansel Adams

“There is a vast difference between taking a picture and making a photograph.”
— Robert Heinecken

“Photographs open doors into the past, but they also allow a look into the future.”
— Sally Mann

“I think good dreaming is what leads to good photographs.”
— Wayne Miller

“I went into photography because it seemed like the perfect vehicle for commenting on the madness of today’s existence.”
— Robert Mapplethorpe

“I guess I’ve shot about 40,000 negatives and of these I have about 800 pictures I like.”
— Harry Callahan

“What it all boils down to for me is having the enthusiasm to do something for enjoyment and being stimulated by what’s around you. That’s what photography does for me.”
— Graeme Le Saux

“It takes a lot of imagination to be a good photographer. You need less imagination to be a painter because you can invent things. But in photography everything is so ordinary; it takes a lot of looking before you learn to see the extraordinary.”
— David Bailey

“Photograph the world as it is. Nothing’s more interesting than reality.”
— Mary Ellen Mark

“I don’t trust words. I trust pictures.”
— Gilles Peress

“When you photograph people in color you photograph their clothes. When you photograph people in black and white, you photograph their soul!”
— Ted Grant

“When I have a camera in my hand, I know no fear.”
— Alfred Eisenstaedt

“Don’t shoot what it looks like. Shoot what it feels like.”
— David Alan Harvey

“There is a creative fraction of a second when you are taking a picture. Your eye must see a composition or an expression that life itself offers you, and you must know with intuition when to click the camera. That is the moment the photographer is creative. Oop! The Moment! Once you miss it, it is gone forever.”
— Henri Cartier-Bresson

“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

“Be yourself. I much prefer seeing something, even it is clumsy, that doesn’t look like somebody else’s work.”
— William Klein

“The best camera is the one that’s with you.”
— Chase Jarvis

“In photography there is a reality so subtle that it becomes more real than reality.”
— Alfred Stieglitz

“A lot of photographers think that if they buy a better camera they’ll be able to take better photographs. A better camera won’t do a thing for you if you don’t have anything in your head or in your heart.”
— Arnold Newman

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


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