The Most Beautiful Quotes About Photography

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“I threw myself into this artform because photography had given me a new sense of mission and identity.”
– Bob Anderson

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

“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

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

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

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

“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

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

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

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

“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

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

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

“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

“It’s about reacting to what you see, hopefully without preconception. You can find pictures anywhere. It’s simply a matter of noticing things and organizing them. You just have to care about what’s around you and have a concern with humanity and the human comedy.”
– Elliott Erwitt

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

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

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

“Photography helps people to see.”
– Berenice Abbott

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

“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

“It is one thing to photograph people. It is another to make others care about them by revealing the core of their humanness.”
– Paul Strand

“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

“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

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

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

“If you photograph for a long time, you get to understand such things as body language. I often do not look at people I photograph, especially afterwards. Also when I want a photo, I become somewhat fearless, and this helps a lot. There will always be someone who objects to being photographed, and when this happens you move on.”
– Martin Parr

“Essentially what photography is is life lit up.”
– Sam Abell

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

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

“I began to realize that the camera sees the world differently than the human eye and that sometimes those differences can make a photograph more powerful than what you actually observed.”
– Galen Rowell

“I really believe there are things nobody would see if I didn’t photograph them.”
– Diane Arbus

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

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

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

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

“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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“One doesn’t stop seeing. One doesn’t stop framing. It doesn’t turn off and turn on. It’s on all the time.”
– Annie Leibovitz

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

“When you photograph a face… you photograph the soul behind it.”
– Jean-Luc Godard

“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

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

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

 “You’ve got to push yourself harder. You’ve got to start looking for pictures nobody else could take. You’ve got to take the tools you have and probe deeper.”
 – William Albert Allard

“A camera alone does not make a picture. To make a picture you need a camera, a photographer and above all a subject. It is the subject that determines the interest of the photograph.”
– Man Ray

“A good photographer records; a great photographer reveals.”
– Skyler Reid

“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

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

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

“To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting 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

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

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

“Photography is like a moment, an instant. You need a half-second to get the photo. So it’s good to capture people when they are themselves.”
– Patrick Demarchelier

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

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

“It’s important to take bad pictures. It’s the bad ones that have to do with what you’ve never done before. They can make you recognize something you hadn’t seen in a way that will make you recognize it when you see it again.”
– Diane Arbus

“All photographs are accurate. None of them is the truth.”
– Richard Avedon

“If a day goes by without my doing something related to photography, it’s as though I’ve neglected something essential to my existence, as though I had forgotten to wake up.”
– Richard Avedon

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

“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

“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

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

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

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

“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 my images I live with them.”
– Bruce Gilden

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

“In photography, the smallest thing can be a great subject. The little, human detail can become a Leitmotiv.”
– Henri Cartier-Bresson

“No place is boring if you’ve had a good night’s sleep and a pocket full of unexposed film.”
– Robert Adams

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

“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

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

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

“I think life is too short not to be doing something which you really believe in.”
– Steve McCurry

“Look and think before opening the shutter. The heart and mind are the true lens of the camera.”
– Yousuf Karsh

“Character, like a photograph, develops in darkness.”
— Yousuf Karsh

“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

“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

“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

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

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

“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

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

“Photography is not about cameras, gadgets and gizmos. Photography is about photographers. A camera didn’t make a great picture any more than a typewriter wrote a great novel.”
– Peter Adams

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

“The more you photograph, the more you realize what can and what can’t be photographed. You just have to keep doing it.”
– Eliot Porter

“Only photograph what you love.”
– Tim Walker

“Photography is a small voice, at best, but sometimes one photograph, or a group of them, can lure our sense of awareness.”
– W. Eugene Smith

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

“Photography is a love affair with life.”
– Burk Uzzle

“When I photograph, what I’m really doing is seeking answers to things.”
– Wynn Bullock

“My interest in photography is not to capture an image I see or even have in my mind, but to explore the potential of moments I can only begin to imagine.”
– Lois Greenfield

“Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still.”
– Dorothea Lange

“One should really use the camera as though tomorrow you’d be stricken blind.”
– Dorothea Lange

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

“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

“Once photography enters your bloodstream, it is like a disease.”
– Anonumous

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

“Photography is a major force in explaining man to man.”
– Edward Steichen

“The golden rule is work fast. As for framing, composition, focus – this is no time to start asking yourself questions: you just have to trust your intuition and the sharpness of your reflexes.”
– Jacques-Henri Lartigue

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

“With photography a new language has been created. Now for the first time it is possible to express reality by reality. We can look at an impression as long as we wish, we can delve into it and, so to speak, renew past experiences at will.”
– Ernst Haas

“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

“Be yourself. I much prefer seeing something, even it is clumsy, that doesn”t look like somebody else”s work.”
-William Klein

“Once the amateur’s naive approach and humble willingness to learn fades away, the creative spirit of good photography dies with it. Every professional should remain always in his heart an amateur.”
– Alfred Eisenstaedt

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

“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

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

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

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

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

“To me, the magic of photography, per se, is that you can capture an instant of a second that couldn’t exist before and couldn’t exist after. It’s almost like a cowboy that draws his gun. You draw a second before or after, you miss and you’re dead – not them. To me, photography’s always like that.”
– Mario Testino

“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

“I try with my pictures to raise a question, to provoke a debate, so that we can discuss problems together and come up with solutions.”
– Sebastiao Salgado

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

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

“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

“Photography gives you the opportunity to use your sensibility and everything you are to say something about and be part of the world around you. In this way, you might discover who you are, and with a little luck, you might discover something much larger than yourself.”
– Peter Lindbergh

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

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

“I didn’t choose photography, photography chose me.”
– Gerardo Suter

 “There’s a time when people say your work is revolutionary, but you have to keep being revolutionary. I can’t keep shooting pop stars all my life. You have to keep changing, keep pushing yourself, looking for the new, the unusual.”
 – Rankin

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