140 Latest and Most Famous Photography Quotes

Most Famous Photography Quotes

Looking for inspirational photography quotes, then this post is for you. Here we have gathered the best 140 photography quotes from some of the most famous artists, photographers, filmmakers, authors and illustrators. These quotes will help you stay motivated and inspired, especially when you will feel disoriented or stressed at work. The ones who have given these quotes have gone through similar challenges in their lives. These photography quotes are not only inspirational but also they are timeless.

Have a look…….

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

2. “On the odd days Auto Tone gets it right I assume it’s using some kind of voodoo.” – David duChemin

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

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

5. “If your pictures aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough.” – Robert Capa

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

7. “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

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

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

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

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

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

13. “Sharpness is a bourgeois concept.” – Henri Cartier-Bresson

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

15. “You can look at a picture for a week and never think of it again. You can also look at a picture for a second and think of it all your life.” – Joan Miro

16. “What the Photograph reproduces to infinity has occurred only once: the Photograph mechanically repeats what could never be repeated existentially.” – Roland Barthes

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

18. “Photography, as a powerful medium of expression and communications, offers an infinite variety of perception, interpretation and execution.” – Ansel Adams

19. “The advent of the digital age and the immediacy and convenience of digital video and photography allows people to become an integral part of the feedback loop, which actively shapes the content we are fed.” – Damian Loeb

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

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

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

23. “I believe in equality for everyone, except reporters and photographers.” – Mahatma Gandhi

24. “A photographer is like a cod, which produces a million eggs in order that one may reach maturity.” – George Bernard Shaw

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

26. “All the planning, intuition, technical prowess, and knowledge, as well as the trust and rapport you have (or haven’t) established, will show up in the picture, frozen forever.” – Gregory Heisler

27. “Photographs are a way of imprisoning reality…One can’t possess reality, one can possess images–one can’t possess the present but one can possess the past.” – Susan Sontag

28. “The world moves fast, changing everything around us with each new day. Photography is a gift that can keep us in a moment forever, blissfully eternal.” – Ali Novak

29. “Only photograph what you love.” Tim Walker

30. “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

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

32. “A picture is a secret about a secret, the more it tells you the less you know.” – Diane Arbus

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

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

34. “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

35. “The eye should learn to listen before it looks.” – Robert Frank

36. “You don’t make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, and the people you have loved.” – Ansel Adams

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

38. “Work very hard, until you don’t have to introduce yourself anymore.” Roberto Vazquez

39. It’s weird that photographers spend years or even a whole lifetime, trying to capture moments that added together, don’t even amount to a couple of hours.” – James Lalropui Keivom

40. “Stare. It is the way to educate your eye, and more. Stare, pry, listen, and eavesdrop. Die knowing something. You are not here long.” – Walker Evans

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

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

43. “Photography is a reality so subtle that it becomes more real than reality.” – Alfred Stieglitz

44. “When I say I want to photograph someone, what it really means is that I’d like to know them. Anyone I know I photograph.” Annie Leibovitz

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

46. “Don’t pack up your camera until you’ve left the location.” – Joe McNally

47. “I used to think that I could never lose anyone if I photographed them enough. In fact, my pictures show me how much I’ve lost.” – Nan Goldin

48. “To photograph is to hold one’s breath, when all faculties converge to capture fleeting reality. It’s at that precise moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy.” – Henri Cartier-Bresson

49. “Photography helps people to see.” – Berenice Abbott

50. “Photography is all about secrets. The secrets we all have and will never tell.” – Kim Edwards

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

52. “I wish that all of nature’s magnificence, the emotion of the land, the living energy of place could be photographed.” – Annie Leibovitz

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

54. “All photographs are memento mori. To take a photograph is to participate in another person’s (or thing’s) mortality, vulnerability, mutability. Precisely by slicing out this moment and freezing it, all photographs testify to time’s relentless melt.” – Susan Sontag

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

56. “The pictures are there, and you just take them.” – Robert Capa

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

58. “Great photography is about depth of feeling, not depth of field.” – Peter Adams

59. I walk, I look, I see, I stop, I photograph.” – Leon Levinstein

60. “Yes, it took me just a moment to draw this line with the brush. But it took me months, perhaps even years, of reflection to form the idea.” – Joan Miró

61. “No, you don’t shoot things. You capture them. Photography means painting with light. And that’s what you do. You paint a picture only by adding light to the things you see.” – Katja Michael

62. “A great photograph is a full expression of what one feels about what is being photographed in the deepest sense and is thereby a true expression of what one feels about life in its entirety.” – Ansel Adams

63. “The camera has always been a guide, and it’s allowed me to see things and focus on things that may be an average person wouldn’t even notice.” – – Don Chadwick

64. Photography is the beauty of life captured.” – Tara Chisolm

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

66. “To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place…I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.” – Elliott Erwitt

67. “We don’t learn from our good images; we learn from the ones that can be improved on.” – Jen Rozenbaum

68. 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

69. “The single most important component of a camera is the twelve inches behind it!” – Ansel Adams

70. “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

71. Don’t shoot what it looks like. Shoot what it feels like.” – David Alan Harvey

72. “Above all, life for a photographer cannot be a matter of indifference.” – Robert Frank

73. “You can look at a picture for a week and never think of it again. You can also look at a picture for a second and think of it all your life.” Joan Miro

74. “Anyone can take a picture of poverty; it’s easy to focus on the dirt and hurt of the poor. It’s much harder—and much more needful—to pry under that dirt and reveal the beauty and dignity of people that, but for their birth into a place and circumstance different from our own, are just like ourselves. I want my images to tell the story of those people and to move us beyond pity to justice and mercy.” – David duChemin

75. “My portraits are more about me than they are about the people I photograph.” – Richard Avedon

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

77. “The best images are the ones that retain their strength and impact over the years, regardless of the number of times they are viewed.” – Anne Geddes

78. “The whole point of taking pictures is so that you don’t have to explain things with words.” – Elliott Erwitt

79. “Sometimes one waits too long for the perfect moment before snapping the picture. You never realize that you needed was to change perspective.” – Miguel Syjuco

80. “There are no bad pictures; that’s just how your face looks sometimes.” – Abraham Lincoln

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

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

83. “To me, a photograph means the simultaneous recognition, in a fraction of a second, of the meaning of an event on the one hand and the exact arrangement of the visually perceived forms expressing that event on the other.” – Henri Cartier-Bresson

84. “Fear is the thing that prohibits a lot of photographers from reaching their full potential.” – Collin Pierson

85. “You don’t take pictures, they take you.” – Jay Maysel

86. “For me, the subject of the picture is always more important than the picture.” – Diane Arbus

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

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

89. “My ultimate goal is to try to make the ordinary look extraordinary.” – Martin Parr

90. “For me, documentary photography has always come with great responsibility. Not just to tell the story honestly and with empathy, but also to make sure the right people hear it. When you photograph somebody who is in pain or discomfort, they trust you to make sure the images will act as their advocate.” –Giles Duley

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

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

93. “In the future everyone will be famous for 15 minutes.” – Andy Warhol

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

96. “If you want to be a better photographer, stand in front of more interesting stuff.” – Jim Richardson

97. “I like to photograph anyone before they know what their best angles are.” – Ellen von Unwerth

98. “A good snapshot keeps a moment from running away.” – Eudora Welty

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

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

101. “I think of photography like therapy.” – Harry Gruyaert

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

103. “Without vision, the photographer perishes.” – David duChemin

104. “A portrait is not a likeness. The moment an emotion or fact is transformed into a photograph it is no longer a fact but an opinion. There is no such thing as inaccuracy in a photograph. All photographs are accurate. None of them is the truth.” – Richard Avedon

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

106. “What I have learnt and what I teach now is all about experimentation and learning to pick yourself up and try again when you fall down.” – Lara Jade

107. “When people look at my pictures I want them to feel the way they do when they want to read a line of a poem twice.” – Robert Frank

108. “You cannot possibly hit the shutter without leaving a piece of you in the image.” – Joe Buissink

109. “If you can smell the street by looking at the photo, it’s a street photograph.” – Bruce Gilden

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

111. “Whatever happens in front of the lens stays. What’s captured during the encounter is all that exists.” – Gregory Heisler

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

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

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

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

116. “If Photoshop is the answer, you’re asking the wrong question.” Dean Farrell

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

118. 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

119. “Photographers, like few other kinds of artists I can imagine, have an insanely personal relationship with their gear.” – David duChemin

120. “A camera is a SAVE button for the mind’s eye.” – Roger Kingston

121. “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

122. “Die knowing something. You’re not here long.” – Walker Evans

123. “Art is what we call…the thing an artist does. It’s not the medium or the oil or the price or whether it hangs on a wall or you eat it. What matters, what makes it art, is that the person who made it overcame the resistance, ignored the voice of doubt and made something worth making! Something risky. Something human. Art is not in the …eye of the beholder. It’s in the soul of the artist.” – Seth Godin

124. “A great photograph is one that fully expresses what one feels, in the deepest sense, about what is being photographed.” – Ansel Adams

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

126. “Technology has eliminated the basement darkroom and the whole notion of photography as an intense labor of love for obsessives and replaced them with a sense of immediacy and instant gratification.” – Joe McNally

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

128. “The best camera is the one you have with you.” – Chase Jarvis

129. “Whether he is an artist or not, the photographer is a joyous sensualist, for the simple reason that the eye traffics in feelings, not in thoughts.” – Walker Evans

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

131. “There is nothing worse than a sharp image of a fuzzy concept.” – Ansel Adams

132. “The cliché comes not in what you shoot but in how you shoot it.” – David duChemin

133. “A photograph can be an instant of life captured for eternity that will never cease looking back at you.” – Brigitte Bardot

134. “A good snapshot keeps a moment from running away.” – Eudora Welty

135. “You are responsible for every element within the frame.” – David duChemin

136. A photographer is defined as much by what he or she decides not to photograph as by what is photographed.” – Jack Dykinga

137. “Regarding the creative: never assume you’re the master, only the student. Your audience will determine if you’re masterful.” – Don Roff

138. “Above all, life for a photographer cannot be a matter of indifference.” – Robert Frank

139. “The two most engaging powers of a photograph are to make new things familiar and familiar things new.” – William Thackeray

140. “You know, I really don’t think you learn from teachers. You learn from work. I think what you learn, really, is how to be- you have to be your own toughest critic, and you only learn that from work, from seeing work.” – Garry Winogrand

Read these photography quotes whenever you feel like, and stay motivated!!

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