50 Best Inspirational Quotes About Photography

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Inspirational Quotes About Photography

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

2. “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

3. “There are no bad pictures; that’s just how your face looks sometimes.” ― Abraham Lincoln

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

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

6. “It is through living that we discover ourselves, at the same time as we discover the world around us.” ― Henri Cartier-Bresson

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

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

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

10. “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

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

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

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

14. “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

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

16. “There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs.” ― Ansel Adams

17. “Sometimes I arrive just when God’s ready to have somone click the shutter.” ― Ansel Adams

18. “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

19. “Photography is a reality so subtle that it becomes more real than reality.” ― Alfred Stieglitz

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

21. “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

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

23. “A photograph shouldn’t be just a picture, it should be a philosophy.” ― Amit Kalantri

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

25. “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

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

27. “A photograph is a moral decision taken in one eighth of a second. ” ― Salman Rushdie

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

29. “Not everybody trusts paintings but people believe photographs.” ― Ansel Adams

30. “A photograph is usually looked at- seldom looked into.” ― Ansel Adams

31. “A portrait is not a likeness. The moment an emotion or fact is transformed into a photograph it is no longer a fact but an opinion. There is no such thing as inaccuracy in a photograph. All photographs are accurate. None of them is the truth. ” ― Richard Avedon

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

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

34. “The Earth is Art, The Photographer is only a Witness ” ― Yann Arthus-Bertrand

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

36. “Photographers tend not to photograph what they can’t see, which is the very reason one should try to attempt it. Otherwise we’re going to go on forever just photographing more faces and more rooms and more places. Photography has to transcend description. It has to go beyond description to bring insight into the subject, or reveal the subject, not as it looks, but how does it feel?” ― Duane Michals

37. “The photographer is an armed version of the solitary walker reconnoitering, stalking, cruising the urban inferno, the voyeuristic stroller who discovers the city as a landscape of voluptuous extremes. Adept of the joys of watching, connoisseur of empathy, the flâneur finds the world ‘picturesque.” ― Susan Sontag

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

39. “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

40. “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

41. “Photographs state the innocence, the vulnerability of lives heading toward their own destruction, and this link between photography and death haunts all photographs of people” ― Susan Sontag

42. “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

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

44. “The photograph is literally an emanation of the referent. From a real body, which was there, proceed radiations which ultimately touch me, who am here; the duration of the transmission is insignificant; the photograph of the missing being, as Sontag says, will touch me like the delayed rays of a star.” ― Roland Barthes

45. “We are often taught to look for the beauty in all things, so in finding it, the layman asks the philosopher while the philosopher asks the photographer.” ― Criss Jami

46. “The camera would miss it all. A magnificent picture is never worth a thousand perfect words. Ansel Adams can be a great artist, but he can never be Shakespeare. His tools are too literal.” ― John Dunning

47. “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

48. “The camera will never compete with the brush and palette until such time as photography can be taken to Heaven or Hell.” ― Edvard Munch

49. “One thing that struck me early is that you don’t put into a photograph what’s going to come out. Or, vice versa, what comes out is not what you put in.” ― Diane Arbus

50. “Photography is a magical kind of art that allows people to preserve time and moments, and to describe the world the way they see it.” ― Sahara Sanders