400 Most Inspirational Photography Quotes from Top Photographers

Last Updated: September 13, 2022 by Team

A photographer is like a silent observer that sees something others don’t. This gift makes photographers valuable — their vision illuminates the world in a new light. Finding the subject you love to shoot, the creative energy, and a new approach that will make your work stand out is crucial throughout a photographer’s career.

Photography is more than just a skill or talent; it’s a passion that needs constant fulfillment. Whether you are a budding photographer or a seasoned professional, this awe-inspiring list of quotes about photography from noted photographers – and every little detail that makes up an image – could help you relate to similar experiences that other photographers might have had. From raw human emotions and technical nitty-gritty to scenes and settings that form part and parcel of the process of creating photographs, every little aspect finds resonance in this compilation of quotes we have put together for you.

Let’s get inspired.

Most Famous & Inspirational Photography Quotes

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“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

“With creating, we are literally bringing something into existence that didn’t exist before.” – Montana Dennis

“Whosoever possesses a camera should never know boredom.” – Wayne Gerard Trotman

“While there is perhaps a province in which the photograph can tell us nothing more than what we see with our own eyes, there is another in which it proves to us how little our eyes permit us to see.” – Dorothea Lange

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

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

“Wherever the center of the light source is, you want that to be a little bit above the center of the couple’s eyes – something magical happens when you do this.” – Zach and Jody Gray

“When you think of fashion photography, it’s a dream. It’s like we all want to be those women. We want to wear those dresses.” – Stella McCartney

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

“When you acquire an understanding of the science behind light and what governs it, then you can predict its behavior and control the lighting in photographs.” – Roberto Valenzuela

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

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“Photography is truth.” – Jean-Luc Godard

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

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

“Photography is the simplest thing in the world, but it is incredibly complicated to make it really work.” – Martin Parr

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

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

“Photography is the art of making memories tangible.” – Destin Sparks

“Photography is the art of frozen time… the ability to store emotion and feelings within a frame.”

“Photography is pretty simple stuff. You just reach to what you see, and take many, many picture.” – Elliott Erwitt

“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 my passion. Whenever I get time, I click.” – Shaheer Sheikh

“Photography is more than a medium for factual communication of ideas. It is a creative art.” – Ansel Adams

“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

“Photography is an itch that won’t go away. No matter how much you scratch it.” – Dara McGrath

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

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

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

“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

“Photography is about capturing souls not smiles.” – Dragan Tapshanov

“Photography is a way of putting distance between myself and the work which sometimes helps me to see more clearly what it is that I have made.” – Andy Goldsworthy

“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

“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

“Photography is a medium in which if you don’t do it then, very often you don’t do it at all, because it doesn’t happen twice.” – Paul Strand

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

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

“Photography is a kind of virtual reality, and it helps if you can create the illusion of being in an interesting world.” – Steven Pinker

“Photography is a form of time travel.” – Neil DeGrasse Tyson

“Photography is a calling that requires vigilance and alertness for that moment in time that only occurs once.” – Caroline Mueller

“A photograph is usually looked at – seldom looked into.” – Ansel Adams

“A photograph is memory in the raw.” – Carrie Latet

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

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

“A photograph is a moment when you press the button, it will never come back.” – René Burri

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“In my view, you cannot claim to have seen something until you have photographed it.” – Émile Zola

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

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

“A photojournalist makes snap decisions; based on the ability to quickly assess situations and record one’s perceived truth.” – Jack Dykinga

“A photographer without a magazine behind him is like a farmer without fields.” – Norman Parkinson

“A photographer must always work with the greatest respect for his subject and in terms of his own point of view.” – Henri CartierBresson

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

“A lot of photographers think that if they buy a better camera they’ll be able to take better photographs. A better camera won’t do a thing for you if you don’t have anything in your head or in your heart.” – Arnold Newman

“A lot of people think that when you have grand scenery, such as you have in Yosemite, that photography must be easy.” – Galen Rowell

“A lot has been said about having photographic vision by many photographers, but this one is short and right to the point.”

“A landscape image cuts across all political and national boundaries, it transcends the constraints of language and culture.” – Charlie Waite

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

“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

“A good snapshot keeps a moment that s gone from running away.” – Eudora Welty

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.

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“Your first 10000 photographs are your worst.” – Henri Cartier-Bresson

“You don’t take pictures; the good ones happen to you.” – Ernst Haas

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

“You don’t take a photograph. You ask quietly to borrow it.”

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

“What can be proved by a photograph can never be by a word.”

“To me, pictures are about memory.” – Joe McNally

“Travel is glamorous only in retrospect.” – Paul Theroux

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

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

“Thinking should be done before and after, not during photographing.”

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

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

“The only burden you have ever had is your mind.” – Robert Adams

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

“The best view comes after the hardest climb.”

“Skill in photography is acquired by practice, not by purchase.”

“Since I’m inarticulate, I express myself with images.” – Helen Levitt

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

“Photographs are just light and time.” – Aza Holmes

“Photography helps people to see.” – Berenice Abbott

“Photography has nothing to do with cameras.” – Lucas Gentry

“Photographers don’t take pictures. They create images.”

“Perception isn’t reality, it’s the only reality.” – Amy and Jordan Demos

“People say photographers don’t lie, mine do.” – David LaChapelle

“My camera is my passport.” – Steve McCurry

“It’s not the camera but who’s behind the camera.”

“I’m in relationship with food. Sorry!”

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

“I am not a glutton – I am an explorer of food.” – Erma Bombeck

“Great things never came from comfort zones.”

“Every picture has a story to tell.” – Internet

“Don’t listen to what they say, go see.” – Chinese Proverb

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

“Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” – Michael Pollan

“Contrast is what makes photography interesting.” – Conrad Hall

“Collect moments. Not things.” – April Peerless

“Cherish your children… for they are the footprints you will leave behind.”

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

“Beauty can be seen in all things.” – Matt Hardy

“Art isn’t a result, it’s a journey.” – Seth Godin

“Always shoot from the shadow side.” – Ted Grant

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

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

photographer is about capturing souls not smiles.

Funny Photography Quotes

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“Your camera takes really nice pictures. Thanks, I taught it everything it knows.”

“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

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

“You only get one sunrise and one sunset a day, and you only get so many days on the planet. A good photographer does the math and doesn’t waste either.” – Galen Rowell

“You might be a photographer if… Your eyesight from staring at the computer has gone from F11 to F1.8.” – Naman Pokarna’s Photography

“Why do we use flash at all? Because photography is not the same as eyesight. We can see in low-light situations where cameras, dependent upon a physical process to record visual information, are half-blind.”

“While camera gear is important, it is the photographer that makes a picture at the end of the day, not the camera.”

“When people ask me what equipment I use – I tell them my eyes.”

“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

“To me there is no picture so beautiful as smiling, bright-eyed, happy children; no music so sweet as their clear and ringing laughter.” – PT Barnum

“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

“Those who call themselves art photographers are pompous, arrogant egoists.” – Arnold Newman

“This is so true. Some pictures look beautiful and you might enjoy looking at them for a period of time, but you forget them very quickly, while truly powerful images stick in your head for the rest of your life even if you have seen them only once.”

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

“The picture is good or not from the moment it was caught in the camera.” – Henri Cartier Bresson

“The photographer does the world a great disservice when he leaves his camera at home.” – Mark Denman

“The photograph… is not a picture of something, but is an object about something.” – Robert Heinecken

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

“The most remarkable thing about my mother is that for thirty years she served the family nothing but leftovers. The original meal has never been found.” – Calvin Trillin

“The most important piece of equipment in your bag is your attitude.” – Joe McNally

“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

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

“The limitations in your photography are in yourself, for what we see is what we are.” – Ernst Hass

“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

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

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

“The earth is art, the photographer is only a witness.” – Yann Arthus-Bertrand

“The context in which a photograph is seen affects the meaning the viewer draws from it.” – Stephen Shore

“The camera’s not a camera, really. It’s an open door we need to walk through. It’s up to us to keep moving our feet.” – Joe McNally

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

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

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

“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

“The camera is a mirror with a memory, but it cannot think.” – Arnold Newman

“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

“The biggest cliche in photography is sunrise and sunset.” – Catherine Opie

“Results are uncertain even among the more experienced photographers.” – Matthew Brady

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

“Please excuse the mess, the children are making memories.” – Caroline Hogeveen

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

“Photography, as we all know, is not real at all. It is an illusion of reality with which we create our own private world.” – Arnold Newman

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

“Photography to me is catching a moment which is passing, and which is true.”

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

“Photography records the gamut of feelings written on the human face, the beauty of the earth and skies that man has inherited, and the wealth and confusion man has created. It is a major force in explaining man to man.” – Edward Steichen

“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

“Photographing a culture in the here and now often means photographing the intersection of the present with the past.” – David DuChemin

“Photographers stop photographing subjects too soon before they have exhausted the possibilities.” – Dorothea Lange

“Photographers mistake the emotion they feel while taking the photo as a judgment that the photograph is good.” – Garry Winogrand

“Photographers deal in things which are continually vanishing and when they have vanished there is no contrivance on earth which can make them come back again.” – Henri Cartier Bresson

“Photographers are violent people. First, they frame you, then they shoot you, then they hang you on the wall.”

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

“Phoatching a moment which is passing, and which is true.” – Jacques-Henri Lartigue

“No one who cooks cooks alone. Even at her most solitary, a cook in the kitchen is surrounded by generations of cooks past, the advice, and menus of cooks present, the wisdom of cookbook writers.” – Laurie Colwin

“No matter how sophisticated the camera, the photographer is still the one that makes it.” – Doug Bartlow

“Never pose your subjects. Let them move about naturally… All great photographs today are snapshots.” – Martin Muncaski

“My wife and I tried to breakfast together, but we had to stop or our marriage would have been wrecked.” – Winston S. Churchill

“My pictures are about making people realize we’ve got to protect those who can’t speak for themselves.” – Michael “Nick” Nichols

“My photography is the result of being there at the right moment.” – René Burri

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

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

“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

“I was poor. When you’re poor you work, and when you’re rich you expect somebody to hand it to you. So I think being reasonably poor is very good for people.” – Imogen Cunningham

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

“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

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

“I think that’s the strength of photography – to decide the decisive moment, to click in the moment to come up with a picture that never comes back again.” – Rene Burri

“I think that emotional content is an image’s most important element, regardless of the photographic technique. Much of the work I see these days lacks the emotional impact to draw a reaction from viewers, or remain in their hearts.” – Anne Geddes

“I think landscape photography, in general, is somewhat undervalued.” – Galen Rowell

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

“I take the same picture twice. First, with my heart, then camera.” – Biju Karakkonam

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

“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.”

“I’ve taken up photography because it’s the only hobby where you can shoot people and cut their heads off without going to jail.” – Internet

“I’ve always believed that photography is a way to shape human perception.” – James Balog

“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 suspect it is for one’s self-interest that one looks at one’s surroundings and one’s self. This search is personally born and is indeed my reason and motive for making photographs.” – Lee Friedlander

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

“I prefer natural makeup … in my everday life. The same goes for my food styling makeup.”

“I often wished I could capture and share the sudden moments of beauty that I would see all around me.” – Caroline Mueller

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

“I never considered myself a fashion photographer. I’ve never really been interested in fashion. The reason I did fashion was that I liked what was in the frocks.” – David Bailey

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

“I like capturing stuff that is disappearing that’s the point of photography. What I am photographing is an imaginary place that never existed, but is connected to something that has already been.” – Tim Walker

“Climb the mountain so you can see the world, not so the world can see you.” – David McCullough

“Best wideangle lens? Two steps backward. Look for the ‘ahha’.” – Ernst Haas

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

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

“Be kind to your photographer. They power of editing is in their hand.” – Internet

“Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary.” – Cecil Beaton

“Back off, I’m a photographer. No wait, stay right here. Now turn a little left. Turn your face toward the sun. Tilt you chin down. A little more. A little more. Now up. Okay. Just hold that position. The light should be perfect. In just a couple of minutes.”

“At the end of the day, photography is ninety-nine percent business, connections, and politics and one percent creativity.” – Rankin

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

“A good photograph is one that is able to grab the attention of the viewer and bring out their emotions – there is no secret recipe or a universal rule that can be applied to make a bad photograph look instantly better.”

“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

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

“A good editor, a good stylist, and a good model are what makes a good fashion photograph. That and having a good rapport with your subject. If they’re comfortable with you, they’ll be comfortable in front of your camera.” – Arthur Elgort

“A career in photography is a journey without a destination.” – Joe McNally

“A camera is a tool for learning how to see without a camera.” – Dorothea Lange

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

“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

“… because every picture tells a story.”

“ 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

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

“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

“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

“You just have to live and life will give you pictures.” – Henri Cartier Bresson

“You have to raise the bar. Give yourself a challenge. Ask yourself, ‘How can one make the impossible materialise?” – Tim Walker

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

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

“You are worried about seeing him spend his early years in doing nothing. What! Is it nothing to be happy? Nothing to skip, play, and run around all day long? Never in his life will he be so busy again.” – Jean-Jacques Rousseau

“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

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

“With photography, you zero in; you put a lot of energy into short moments, and then you go on to the next thing.” – Robert Mapplethorpe

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

“When the world asks, “what was it like?” Only the photographers can say, “See!” – Mark Denman

“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

“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

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

“When I make a photograph, I feel that I hold a piece of the universe in my hands.” – Paul Chaplo

“When I have a camera in my hand, I know no fear.” – Alfred Eisenstaedt

“When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist.” – Dom Helder Camara

“When a silhouette or shape is as beautiful as it is functional and relevant, that’s true luxury.” – Reed Krakoff

“When a photo of a person looks deep into your spirit and tells you a thousand stories….. Stories from your past even before you existed, then the photo is way above any description.” – Sameh Elsayed

“When a moment in front of me appears to be particularly special, whether it be by beauty or experience, I capture it. I usually find a reason to justify taking that photo – symmetry, or color, or contrast – and it’s my hope that my photography sheds light onto what I see and do on a daily basis.” – Connor Franta

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

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

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

“What I look for in pictures I take: eyes, hands, head tilt, body language, background and use of space.” – Caroline Mueller

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

“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

“There’s a lot we can learn from Ansel’s landscape photography quotes. We just need to listen.” – Ansel Adams

“There is the satisfaction of being able to look at the image without flinching. There is the pleasure of flinching.” – Sontag, Susan

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

“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

“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 Testin

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

“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

“What I find interesting is working in a society with certain taboos and fashion photography is about that kind of society. To have taboos, then to get around them that is interesting.” – Helmut Newton

“Twelve significant photographs in any one year is a good crop.” – Ansel Adams

“Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” – Ibn Battuta

“Travel becomes a strategy for accumulating photographs.” – Susan Sontag

“Today, I’m very careful not to mention very specific locations when I write or give captions.” – Galen Rowell

“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

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

“There is no question that photography has played a major role in the environmental movement.” – Galen Rowell

“There is a vast difference between taking a picture and making a photograph.”

“There is a creative fraction of a second when you are taking a picture. Your eye must see a composition or an expression that life itself offers you, and you must know with intuition when to click the camera. That is the moment the photographer is creative. Oop! The Moment! Once you miss it, it is gone forever.” – Henri Cartier-Bresson

“There are two kinds of photographers: those who compose pictures and those who take them. The former work in studios. For the latter, the studio is the world…. For them, the ordinary doesn’t exist: every thing in life is a source of nourishment.” – Ernst Haas

“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

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

“There are almost too many possibilities. Photography is in direct proportion with our time: multiple, faster, instant. Because it is so easy, it will be more difficult.” – Ernst Haas

“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

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

“The way that light hits objects, I think, is one of the more important things that sculpture and photography share.” – Rashid Johnson

“The way that light hits objects in life, three-dimensional objects before you photograph them is really the story of photography.” – Rashid Johnson

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

“The subject matter is so much more important than the photographer.” – Gordon Parks

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

“The secret to peace of mind is to not identify with anything other than your true self.” – Robert Adams

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but having new eyes.” – Marcel Proust

“John White, another Pulitzer Prize winning photographer at the Sun-Times once told me he photographed every sunrise. In disbelief, I inquired why? He simply said he didn’t want to miss the really great one.” – Jack Dykinga

“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

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

“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

“It’s not the photographer who makes the picture, but the person being photographed.” – Sebastiao Salgado

“It’s more important for a photographer to have very good shoes, than to have a very good camera.” – Sebastiao Salgado

“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

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

“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

“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

“It seems to me that no one picture can ever be a final summation of a personality. There are so many facets in every human being that it is impossible to present them all in one photograph.” – Arnold Newman

“It is very difficult to make the ideas in my head come to life, but what is harder is making them look effortless.” – Tim Walker

“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

“It is my intention to present – through the medium of photography – intuitive observations of the natural world which may have meaning to the spectators.” – Ansel Adams

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

“It is an illusion that photos are made with the camera… they are made with the eye, heart, and head.” – Henri Cartier-Bresson

In my mind, I visualize how a particular… sight will appear on a print. If it excites me, there is a good chance it will make a good photograph. It is an intuitive sense, an ability that comes from a lot of practice.” – Ansel Adams

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

“If you’re not having fun, your pictures will reflect that.” – Joe McNally

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

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

“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

“If you haven’t had a chance to read his “A Photographer’s Life” book, I highly recommend checking it out. You will be fascinated by Jack’s life story and what it took to become who he is today.”

“If you don’t think photos are important, wait until they’re all you have left.” – Missy Mwac

“If you are truly successful in capturing the pulse of life, then you can speak of a good photograph.” – René Burri

“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

“If we want our pictures + stories to really mean something, to serve a real purpose, then we have to give them better attention, more often.” – Marie Masse

“If this is coffee, please bring me some tea; but if this is tea, please bring me some coffee.” – Abraham Lincoln

“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

“If it excites me, there is a good chance it will make a good photograph.” – Ansel Adams

“Fashion is about who you want to be, not who you are, it’s therefore artificial… it’s funny and it’s sad and it’s a little crazy. But I would want those elements to be in any photograph I took.” – Richard Avedon

“Family means no one gets left behind or forgotten.” – George Bernard Shaw

“Everyone takes pictures, so you need to have your own opinion.” – René Burri

“Everybody who does anything for the public can be criticized. There’s always someone who doesn’t like it.” – Imogen Cunningham

“Everybody now has a camera, whether it is a professional instrument or just part of a phone. Landscape photography is a pastime enjoyed by more and more. Getting it right is not an issue. It is difficult to make a mistake with the sophisticated technology we now have. Making a personal and creative image is a far greater challenge.” – Michael Kenna

“Every viewer is going to get a different thing. That’s the thing about painting, photography, cinema.” – David Lynch

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

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

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

“Do not take pictures to please the public; the photo should be spontaneous and free.” – Betty Poluk

“Do not look for signs. Do not look for experiences. Do not be so complicated. Become like a child. See everything with awe.” – Robert Adams

“Art is what we call…the“Cherish your children… for they are the footprints you will leave behind.”

“Beauty can be seen in all things.” – Matt Hardy 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

“And most of my early pictures failed but about one in a 100 somehow looked better than what I saw.” – Galen Rowell

“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

“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

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

“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

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

“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

“A woman said to me when she first sat down, You’re photographing the wrong side of my face. I said, Oh, is there one?” – Imogen Cunningham

“A true photograph need not be explained, nor can it be contained in words.” – 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

Nature Photography Quotes

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“The whole nature of photography has changed with the advent of a camera in everybody’s hand.” – Sally Mann

“Look deep into nature and then you will understand everything better.” – Albert Einstein

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

“Everywhere is something which could be beautiful. You must only to see and to know what and how to take off, to crop from the infinity. Abstract, fine art, nature, landscape, and portrait photography.” – Florin Constantinescu

“Whatever situations you’re in, you have to find a way to rock it.”

“We rely, I think, on landscape photography to make intelligible to us what we already know.” – Robert Adams

“We mountaineers always live with the feeling that we came on the scene too late.” – Galen Rowell

“We don’t take pictures with cameras, we take them with our hearts and minds.” – Arnold Newman

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

“We cannot empty the mind by thinking. Only by observation.” – Robert Adams

“We can write the new chapters in a visual language whose prose and poetry will need no translation.” – Ernst Haas

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

“Visual ideas combined with technology combined with personal interpretation equals photography. Each must hold its own; if it doesn’t, the thing collapses.” – Arnold Newman

“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

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

“The best pictures differentiate themselves by nuances…a tiny relationship either a harmony or a disharmony that creates a picture.” – Ernst Haas

“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

“The best camera is the one that’s with you.” – Chase Jarvis

“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

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

“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

“That frame of mind that you need to make fine pictures of a very wonderful subject; you cannot do it by not being lost yourself.” – Dorothea Lange

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

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

“Taking an image, freezing a moment, reveals how rich reality truly is.”

“Taking a picture is like giving a piece of your soul away. You allow other people to see the world through your eyes.” – Katja Michael

“Take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints, kill nothing but time.”

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

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

“Some days, you just get lucky… Other days you wait patiently for luck to happen.” – Destin Sparks

“Skill in photography is acquired by practice, and not by purchase.” – Percy W. Harris

“Seeing is not enough; you have to feel what you photograph” – Andre Kertesz

“My best photo will be the last one that I want to be taken.” – Biju Karakkonam

“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

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

“Like all great travellers, I have seen more than I remember and remember more than I have seen.” – Benjamin Disraeli

“Life is like a camera. Just focus on what’s important and capture the good times, develop from the negatives, and if things don’t work out, just take another shot.”

“Life is like a camera. Just focus on what’s important and capture the good times, develop from the negatives and if things don’t work out, just take another shot.”

“Laughter is brightest when food is best.”

“Landscape photography is the supreme test of the photographer and often the supreme disappointment.” – Ansel Adams

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

“Part of the role of photography is to exaggerate, and that is an aspect that I have to puncture. I do that by showing the world as I really find it.” – Martin Parr

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

“One of these days, I’m going to publish a book of all the pictures I did not take. It is going to be a huge hit.” – René Burri

“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

“One advantage of photography is that it’s visual and can transcend language.” – Lisa Kristine

“I know the world that I am painting is not a reality. It is a whim, an entertainment to provoke something in people, whether as escapism or relief. I think that is very valid.” – Tim Walker

“I have an instinct for finding the odd location, the dismissed face, the eerie atmosphere, the oppressed mood.” – Deborah Lou Turbeville

“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 find it some of the hardest photography and the most challenging photography I’ve ever done. It’s a real challenge to work with the natural features and the natural light.” – Galen Rowell

“I feel more like a creative artist using photography because there’s – the digital work is so interesting now. It’s come to that. I have had many different stages of photography – there are many different ways to take photos. But I feel now I’m in that stage of my life where I use the camera, you know, in that way.” – Annie Leibovitz

“I feel more and more, that it is about photographing this “magic space”, situated between the photographer and the subject he’s photographing and not about the “architecture” of faces.” – Peter Lindbergh

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

“I don’t talk about success. I don’t know what it is. Wait until I’m dead.” – Imogen Cunningham

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

Black And White Photography Quotes

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“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

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

“There’s something strange and powerful about black and white imagery.” – Stefan Kanfer

“Media today is even more black and white, then early photography ever was.” – Loesje

“I lived and grew up in the black and white period of photojournalism.” – René Burri

“Everything always looked better in black and white. Everything always looked as if it were the first time; there’s always more people in a black and white photograph. It just makes it seem that there were more people at a gig, more people at a football match, than with colour photography. Everything looks more exciting.” – Jack Lowden

“Black and white are the colors of photography. To me they symbolize the alternatives of hope and despair to which mankind is forever subjected.” – Robert Frank

Photography is the pause button for life.

Street Photography Quotes

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“Really good portraiture is a two-way street where someone is throwing little gems out and you’re grabbing them. Very few people have a 100 percent fluency in being able to do this… this kind of magical reaction with a camera.” – Albert Watson

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

“I don’t care what you do with that negative, you can retouch it, you can spit on it, you can grind it underfoot. The only thing that matters is if it is honest. If [the picture] is honest, you and everybody can tell. If it is dishonest, you and everybody can tell.” – Arnold Newman

“I don’t believe in originality. You take inspiration from whatever moves you and you find your voice in those things.” – Tim Walker

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

“I believe photographers should shoot what they want, not shoot what they get.” – Roberto Valenzuela

“I began trying to create an out-of-focus world – a heightened reality better than real, that suggests, rather than tells you.” – Richard Avedon

The Earth is Art, The Photographer is only a Witness.

Wedding Photography Quotes

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“The people who hire me as a wedding photographer hire me not just because of my photographic style, they hire me because of the style of my personality. My style and personality match, so they know they’re getting a genuine style.” – Jared Platt

“The average fashion photographer is like a wedding photographer to me – they just do the same old thing.” – David Bailey

“Just remember… The cake gets eaten, the flower will die, but the wedding photos wil last forever.”

“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 am not interested in shooting new things – I am interested to see things new.” – Ernst Haas

“I am interested in the relationships and play between an unfamiliar picture/object context and the familiar photographic image.”

“I always like to meet the people I’m going to photograph. I need to have a conversation. I need to feel a vibe. I need to see what’s going on in the person. I’m not just interested in physical beauty. I really need a personality.” – Mario Sorrenti

“I almost never set out to photograph a landscape, nor do I think of my camera as a means of recording a mountain or an animal unless I absolutely need a ‘record shot’. My first thought is always of light.” – Galen Rowell

“Humor keeps us alive. Humor and food. Don’t forget the food. You can go for a week without laughing.” – Joss Whedon

“How to irritate your photographer? Ask to see each shot immediately after it’s taken.”

“How do we start taking pictures of people, and stop taking pictures of poses?” – Justin and Mary Marantz

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

A photograph is a click away. A good photograph is a thousand clicks away, and a better one, a million clicks away. Kowtham Kumar K

Portrait Photography Quotes

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“Your aim as a photographer is to get a picture of that person that means something. Portraits aren’t fantasies; they need to tell a truth.” – Tim Walker

“When I take a black-and-white portrait, it’s not particularly meant to please you. It’s meant to talk to you; it’s meant to shame you. It’s meant to scream out at you, and it has a message.” – Don McCullin

“When a portrait evokes a feeling, then you’ve got something. Technique isn’t really important. What I want is a believable moment.” – Bert Stern

“This famous quote by Robert Capa doesn’t just apply to portrait photography. If you want to make a photo look more interesting, sometimes all that’s needed is a change of perspective.”

“The thing that’s fascinating about portraiture is that nobody is alike.” – Imogen Cunningham

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

“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

“In a portrait, I’m looking for the silence in somebody.” – Henri Cartier-Bresson

“I’m very particular who I work with. I’m not interested in portraying women with a cliched, generic look. I’m interested in a model who I can take a portrait of.” – Tim Walker

“I highlighted this quote while reading his book “50 Portraits“, which is an excellent read that I highly recommend for our readers.”

“I didn’t try and do fashion pictures. I tried to do portraits of girls wearing dresses.” – David Bailey

“For me, a portrait is something from which you feel the person, their inner quality, what it is that makes them who they are. For instance, in the hand of the Dalai Lama donning his prayer beads in the window light; you feel his spirituality, his sense of presence. Frequently, the most interesting people to photograph are elderly. George Wallace, Bukowski, William Burroughs, Rauschenberg, Mandela. They’ve lived their lives. It’s all in their face, and it shows.” – Herb Ritts

“A portrait isn’t a fact but an opinion – an occasion rather than a truth.” – Richard Avedon

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

“A good portrait ought to tell something of the subject’s past and suggest something of his future.” – Bill Brandt

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

Photography Love Quotes

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“You need to use when you have to, such as when it’s raining. Or, when you just feel like it. Sometimes you wear it because you need to get the sun out of your eyes. Think about flash in the same way. Don’t use it all the time, but also don’t shy away from it. If it’s dark outside, use flash. If you know there’s time, and you have a good idea, and your clients will love it, then go for it.” – Matt Kennedy

“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

“You don’t know what unconditional love is. You may say you do, but if you don’t have a child, you don’t know what that is. But when you experience it, it is the most fulfilling ever.” – Regina King

“When I photograph I make love.” – Alfred Stieglitz

“Today, I am going to shoot someone… and they will love me for it!”

“Only photograph what you love.” – Tim Walker

“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

“Never go on trips with anyone you do ntot love.” – Hemmingway

“My love of photography is melded with the ability to capture what I want to remember in the moment I want to never forget.” – Devin Dygert

“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

“In terms of digital photography, I continue to print and use film for the most part. I still shoot with film, 21/4 film specifically, and I love it. I love it because I know what it does, how it really responds to light.” – Carrie Mae Weems

“I’ve never been in love with fashion, actually; trends and catwalks don’t interest me. I love clothes; I love them historically and currently. They represent a spirit of the times and the zeitgeist.” – Tim Walker

“I love this life. I feel like I am always catching my breath and saying, ‘Oh! Will you look at that?’ Photography has been my way of bearing witness to the joy I find in seeing the extraordinary in ordinary life. You don’t look for pictures. Your pictures are looking for you.” – Harold Feinstein

“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 the image, I live with them.” – Bruce Gilden

“Cooking is at once child’s play and adult joy. And cooking done with care is an act of love.” – Craig Claiborne

“I love photography, I love food, and I love travelling, and to put those three things together would jsut be the ultimate dream.” – Jamie Chung

“I love beautiful women. I love to show their personality, their sexuality. There’s a fashion side to my erotic pictures: I love beautiful shoes and jewellery. But the erotic work I do is too daring and provocative for a fashion magazine. It’s more fun, and if you have the right girl who likes it, more exciting, too. It’s fashion photography, but with fewer clothes..” – Ellen von Unwerth

“Clients love pictures where they’re laughing versus just smiling. That’s because there’s emotion behind it. Because you’re capturing energy, not just a still image.” – Jen Rozenbaum

“All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.” – Charles M. Schulz

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

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

“Photography has been my way of bearing witness to the joy I find in seeing the extraordinary in ordinary.” – Harold Feinstein

“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

“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

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

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

“Photography can never grow up if it imitates some other medium. It has to walk alone; it has to be itself.” – Berenice Abbott

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

“Once you learn to care, you can record images with your mind or on film. There is no difference between the two.”

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

“Oh, you added Instagram filters and cropped my photos before sharing them? Greet.”

“Of course it’s all luck.” – Henri CartierBresson

“Of course I realize that photography is not the technical facility as much as it is the eye, and this decision that one makes for the moment at which you are going to snap, you know.” – Ben Shahn

“Not everybody trusts paintings, but people believe photographs.” – Ansel Adams

“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

“No, you don’t have to all wear the same color shirts with khakis for your family pictures.” – Internet

“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

“First we had each other. Then we had you. Now we have everything.”

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

“Fashion is the opposite of the real, its worst enemy. Fashion photography is subversive; it makes you believe everything is true, whereas this could not be more false. It is the opposite of a mirror, a deformation.” – Patrick Demarchelier

“God creates the beauty. My camera and I are a witness.” – Mark Denman

“For most people to be happy, there has to be a person, place, or thing involved in their happiness. In true happiness, there are no things involved. It’s a natural state. You will abide in that state forever.” – Robert Adams

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

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

You only get one sunrise and one sunset a day, and you only get so many days on the planet. A good photographer does the math and doesn’t waste either. Galen Rowell

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