Photography Quotes

Photography Quotes

Photography Quotes: A Unique Collection of Quotes About Photography.

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The world just does not fit conveniently into the format of a 35mm camera. -W. Eugene Smith

A good snapshot stops a moment from running away. -Eudora Welty

The painter constructs, the photographer discloses. -Susan Sontag

It is not altogether wrong to say that there is no such thing as a bad photograph -- only less interesting, less relevant, less mysterious ones. -Susan Sontag

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

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

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

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

When you photograph people in colour you photograph their clothes. But when you photograph people in B&W, you photograph their souls! -Ted Grant

For me a photograph is most successful when it doesn’t answer all the questions and it leaves something to be desired. -Greg Gorman

In America, the photographer is not simply the person who records the past, but the one who invents it. -Susan Sontag

I hate cameras. They are so much more sure than I am about everything. -John Steinbeck

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

The magic of photography is metaphysical. What you see in the photograph isn't what you saw at the time. The real skill of photography is organised visual lying. -Terence Donovan

A hundredth of a second here, a hundredth of a second there--even if you put them end to end, they still only add up to one, two, perhaps three seconds, snatched from eternity. -Robert Doisneau

Photography can only represent the present. Once photographed, the subject becomes part of the past. -Berenice Abbott

Photograph: a picture painted by the sun without instruction in art. -Ambrose Bierce

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

No place is boring, if you've had a good night's sleep and have a pocket full of unexposed film. -Robert Adams

If I knew how to take a good photograph, I'd do it every time. - Robert Doisneau

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

I try to photograph people's spirits and thoughts. As to the soul-taking by the photographer, I don't feel I take away, but rather that the sitter and I give to each other. It becomes an act of mutual participation. -Yousuf Karsh

Not everybody trusts paintings but people believe photographs. - Ansel Adams

It's amazing how you can create your own little world in the camera. -Trevor Dayley

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

All photographs are there to remind us of what we forget. In this - as in other ways - they are the opposite of paintings. Paintings record what the painter remembers. Because each one of us forgets different things, a photo more than a painting may change its meaning according to who is looking at it. -John Berger

A photograph is usually looked at - seldom looked into. -Ansel Adams

My idea of a good picture is one that's in focus and of a famous person. -Andy Warhol

I wish more people felt that photography was an adventure the same as life itself and felt that their individual feelings were worth expressing. To me, that makes photography more exciting. -Harry Callahan

She glances at the photo, and the pilot light of memory flickers in her eyes.  -Frank Deford

Above all, I craved to seize the whole essence, in the confines of one single photograph, of some situation that was in the process of unrolling itself before my eyes. -Henri Cartier bresson

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

Photography is the power of observation, not the application of technology. -Ken Rockwell

The camera's only job is to get out of the way of making photographs. -Ken Rockwell

Everything that is visible hides something that is invisible. -Rene Magritte

We try to grab pieces of our lives as they speed past us. Photographs freeze those pieces and help us remember how we were. We don't know these lost people but if you look around, you'll find someone just like them. -Gene McSweeney

No matter how advanced your camera you still need to be responsible for getting it to the right place at the right time and pointing it in the right direction to get the photo you want. -Ken Rockwell

Think photographs should be provocative and not tell you what you already know. It takes no great powers or magic to reproduce somebody's face in a photograph. The magic is in seeing people in new ways. -Duane Michals

In photography there are no shadows that cannot be illuminated. -August Sander

My portraits are more about me than they are about the people I photograph. -Richard Avedon

Many pictures turn out to be limp translations of the known world instead of vital objects which create an intrinsic world of their own. There is a vast difference between taking a picture and making a photograph. -Robert Heinecken

Photography to me is catching a moment which is passing, and which is true. -Jacques henri Lartigue

Maybe because it's entirely an artist's eye, patience and skill that makes an image and not his tools. -Ken Rockwell

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

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

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

As I have practiced it, photography produces pleasure by simplicity. I see something special and show it to the camera. A picture is produced. The moment is held until someone sees it. Then it is theirs. -Sam Abell

A photograph that has not been shared or at least printed is almost an unexistent photograph, is almost an untaken picture.

When I photograph, what I'm really doing is seeking answers to things. -Wynn Bullock

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

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

One should really use the camera as though tomorrow you'd be stricken blind. -Dorothea Lange

In my view you cannot claim to have seen something until you have photographed it. -Emile Zola

The camera doesn't make a bit of difference. All of them can record what you are seeing. But, you have to SEE. -Ernst Haas

Photography helps people to see. -Berenice Abbott

Photography, fortunately, to me has not only been a profession but also a contact between people - to understand human nature and record, if possible, the best in each individual. -Nickolas Muray

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

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