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70+ powerful photography quotes

Photography is the story I fail to put into words. ∼ Destin Sparks

You don’t take a photograph. You ask quietly to borrow it. ∼ Unknown

To the complaint, ‘There are no people in these photographs,’ I respond, There are always two people: the photographer and the viewer. ∼ Ansel Adams

The Earth is art, the photographer is only a witness. ∼ Yann Arthus-Bertrand, Earth from Above

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

Suppose you’ve had that once-in-a-blue-moon bliss,
another’s body and the entire earth,
and end with just a photograph like this,
this – so this is all it’s worth…
∼ Maria Pawlikowska-Jasnorzewska, A Photograph

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

Walter Mitty: When are you going to take it?
Sean O’Connell: Sometimes I don’t. If I like a moment, for me, personally, I don’t like to have the distraction of the camera. I just want to stay in it.
Walter Mitty: Stay in it?
Sean O’Connell: Yeah. Right there. Right here.
∼ James Thurber, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

All we ever see of stars are their old photographs. ∼ Alan Moore, Watchmen

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

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

Working a shot is the photographers’ way of refining the shot; to make an extraordinary imagery from the ordinary scene. It is just like a writer wandering about for the plot of story or a painter re-working his canvas for a finished outcome.  ∼ Shivanand Sharma

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

In black and white you suggest, in color you state. ∼ Paul Outerbridge

Color is descriptive. Black and white is interpretive. ∼ Elliott Erwitt

Don’t shoot what it looks like. Shoot what it feels like. ∼ David Alan Harvey

To see in color is a delight for the eye but to see in black & white is a delight for the soul. ∼ Andri Cauldwell

Black and white are the colours of photography. ∼ Robert Frank

Essentially what photography is, is life lit up. ∼ Sam Abell

We are making photographs to understand what our lives mean to us. ∼ Ralph Hattersley

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

The best photographs are the ones that feel touchable, inviting and real. ∼ Quinn Ballard

Black and white photography erases time from the equation. ∼ Jason Peterson

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

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

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

Twelve significant photographs in any one year is a good crop. ∼ Ansel Adams

A picture is the expression of an impression. If the beautiful were not in us, how would we ever recognize it? ∼ Ernst Haas

There is one thing the photograph must contain, the humanity of the moment. ∼ Robert Frank

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

You don’t take a photograph, you make it. ∼ Ansel Adams

The photographer must be dedicated to the glory, the magic, and the mystery of light. ∼ Jacque- Henri Lartigue

I don’t trust words. I trust pictures. ∼ Gilles Peress

A tear contains an ocean. A photographer is aware of the tiny moments in a persons life that reveal greater truths. ∼ Unknown

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, the people you have loved. ∼ Ansel Adams

The world may be color, but black & white transcends it. ∼ Abbas Attar

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

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

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

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

A picture is a secret about a secret, the more it tells you the less you know. ∼ Diane Arbus

Photography… offers an infinite variety of perception, interpretation and execution. ∼ Ansel Adams

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

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

When I look at my old pictures, all I can see is what I used to be but am no longer. I think: What I can see is what I am not. ∼ Aleksandar Hemon, The Lazarus Project

I encourage playfulness and experimentation with both camera and subject. Never be satisfied with an obvious perspective. ∼ Michael Kenna

What I love about black and white photographs is that they’re more like reading the book than seeing the movie. ∼ Jennifer Price

Black and white photography does more to evoke an emotion and freeze a moment in time than any other medium. ∼ Bob Snell

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

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

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

The eye should learn to listen before it looks. ∼ Robert Frank

Taking an image, freezing a moment, reveals how rich reality truly is. ∼ Unknown

What i like about photographs is that they capture a moment that’s gone forever, impossible to reproduce. ∼ Karl Lagerfeld

A good snapshot keeps a moment from running away. ∼ E. Welty

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

Photography is as much about what is left out of the frame as it is about what the photographer keeps inside the frame. ∼ Daryl Oh

I do not document anything. I give an interpretation. ∼ Andre Kertesz

A photograph is a moral decision taken in one eighth of a second. ∼ Salman Rushdie, The Ground Beneath Her Feet

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

Light is the stuff which holds a photograph together; it breathes life, passion and emotion into your vision. ∼ Steve Coleman

There is nothing worse than a sharp image of a fuzzy concept. ∼ Ansel Adams

Photography is all about secrets. The secrets we all have and will never tell. ∼ Kim Edwards, The Memory Keeper’s Daughter

There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs. ∼ Ansel Adams

Every photo I take is a piece of my life that I will never get back, but that I will be able to see again and again. ∼ Malcolm Flowers

There are no bad pictures; that’s just how your face looks sometimes. ∼ Abraham Lincoln

Photography is about finding out what can happen in the frame. When you put four edges around some facts, you change those facts. ∼ Garry Winogrand

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

I think good dreaming is what leads to good photographs. ∼ Wayne Miller

Sometimes I look with telephoto eyes, sometimes with wide-angle eyes. ∼ Alfred Eisenstaedt

It is a cruel, ironical art, photography. The dragging of captured moments into the future; moments that should have been allowed to be evaporate into the past; should exist only in memories, glimpsed through the fog of events that came after. Photographs force us to see people before their future weighed them down…. ∼ Kate Morton, The House at Riverton

Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst. ∼ Henri Cartier-Bresson

Photography is a love affair with life. ∼ Burk Uzzle

There’s not a special gauge or grading system to figure how touchable or inviting a photo is, and I love that. As technical and as heavily-edited that some shoots can be, I know we’ve landed at the best version of the photo when it simply feels real and helps the viewer feel like they’re walking into the space on a very normal yet perfectly beautiful, time-is-almost-slowed-down kind of day. ∼ Quinn Ballard

Today everything exists to end in a photograph. ∼ Susan Sontag

Light is the shape and play of my thought… my reason for being a photographer. ∼ Barbara Morgan

Sometimes I arrive just when God’s ready to have somone click the shutter. ∼ Ansel Adams

The painter constructs, the photographer discloses. ∼ Susan Sontag, On Photography

We take photos as a return ticket to a moment otherwise gone. ∼ Katie Thurmes

I believe in equality for everyone, except reporters and photographers. ∼ Mahatma Gandhi

Photography is a litany of light. ∼ Moses Oliver

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

People spot a big black lens, and they worry about what they’re doing, or how their hair looks. Nobody see the person holding the camera. ∼ Erica O’Rourke, Torn

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