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50 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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