150+ Inspirational Quotes for Photographers

150+ Inspirational Quotes to Motivate Photographers

It’s important to stay motivated as photographer. Any creative field can have its ups and downs but it’s important to stick to your photography.

Photography can be an up and down struggle, especially if your income depends on it. Keeping your focus is important especially when you have to buckle down to deliver photos to a client.

Whether you’re a wedding photographer dealing with hundreds of clients or just growing your photography skills it’s important to stay inspired.

Here are over 150 inspirational photography quotes.

'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

'I treat the photograph as a work of great complexity in which you can find drama. Add to that a careful composition of landscapes, live photography, the right music and interviews with people, and it becomes a style.'

Ken Burns

'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

'The best thing about a picture is that it never changes, even when the people in it do.'

Andy Warhol

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

Anonymous

'The Painter constructs, the photographer composes.'

Susan Sontag

'The use of the term art medium is, to say the least, misleading, for it is the artist that creates a work of art not the medium. It is the artist in photography that gives form to content by a distillation of ideas, thought, experience, insight and understanding.'

Edward Steichen

'In photography there is a reality so subtle that it becomes more real than reality.'

Alfred Stieglitz

'Not everybody trusts paintings but people believe photographs.'

Ansel Adams

'Photography is an art of observation. It has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.'

Elliot Erwitt

'A camera is a tool for learning how to see without a camera.'

Dorthea Lange

'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

'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

'In my photography, color and composition are inseparable. I see in color.'

William Albert Allard

'Taking an image, and freezing it, reveals how rich reality truly is.'

Anonymous

'A photograph shouldn’t be a picture, it should be a philosophy.'

Amit Kalantri

'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

'The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.'

Dorothea Lange

'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 my images I live with them.'

Bruce Gilden

'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

'Does not the very word 'creative' mean to build, to initiate, to give out, to act - rather than to be acted upon, to be subjective? Living photography is positive in its approach, it sings a song of life - not death.'

Berenice Abbott

'Computer photography won't be photography as we know it. I think photography will always be chemical.'

Annie Leibovitz

'I find humor in many situations and things and I tend to make photographs that point out these things. We photograph according to our character.'

Huy Nguyen

'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

'To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting 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

'I never have taken a picture I’ve intended. They’re always better or worse.'

Diane Arbus

'Which of my photographs is my favorite? The one I’m going to take tomorrow.'

Imogen Cunningham

'The whole point of taking pictures is so that you don’t have to explain things with words.'

Elliott Erwitt

'You photography is a record of your living, for anyone who really see.'

Paul Strand

'Photography is truth. The cinema is truth twenty-four, times per second.'

Jean-Luc Godard

'Photography helps people to see.'

Berenice Abbott

'Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still.'

Dorothea Lange

'Traditionally, photography is supposed to capture an event that has passed; but that is not what I'm looking for. Photography brings the past into the present when you look at it.'

Julian Schnabel

'The mission of photography is to explain man to man and each to himself. And that is the most complicated thing on earth.'

Edward Steichen

'Taking pictures is like tiptoeing into the kitchen late at night and stealing Oreo cookies.'

Diane Arbus

'For me the printing process is part of the magic of photography. It's that magic that can be exciting, disappointing, rewarding and frustrating all in the same few moments in the darkroom.'

John Sexton

'I don't need the money I generate from photography to support myself.'

Kim Weston

'In photography there are no shadows that cannot be illuminated.'

August Sander

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

Diane Arbus

'Photography is a major force in explaining man to man.'

Edward Steichen

'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

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

Diane Arbus

'It doesn't matter if you're photographing a porter in a market in Marrakech or you're photographing the king of Morocco. You have the same sympathetic approach to everybody. You be nice to everybody, basically.'

Albert Watson

'A photograph can be an instant of life captured for, eternity that will never cease looking back at you.'

Brigitte Bardot

'In photography there are no shadows that cannot be illuminated.'

August Sander

'A photographer is like a cod, which produces, million eggs in order that one may reach maturity.'

George Bernard Shaw

'Only photograph what you love.'

Tim Walker

'The earth is art, the photography is only the witness.'

Yann Arthus-Bertrand

'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

'An artist’s only concern is to shoot for some kind of perfection, and on his own terms, not anyone else’s.'

J. D. Salinger

'Character, like a photograph, develops in darkness.'

Yousuf Karsh

'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

'Look and think before opening the shutter. The heart and mind are the true lens of the camera.'

Yousuf Karsh

'Taking pictures is savoring life intensely, every hundredth of a second.'

Marc Riboud

'Arte enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.'

Thomas Merton

'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

'When people look at my pictures I want them to feel the way they do when they want to read the line of a poem twice.'

Robert Frank

'Not everybody trusts paintings but people believe photographs.'

Ansel Adams

'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

'I don't think there's any such thing as teaching people photography, other than influencing them a little. People have to be their own learners. They have to have a certain talent.'

Imogen Cunningham

'I have no fear of photography as long as it cannot be used in heaven and in hell.'

Edvard Munch

'Photography can never grow up if it imitates some other medium. It has to walk alone; it has to be itself.'

Berenice Abbott

'For me, the camera us a sketch book, and instrument of intuition and spontaneity.'

Henri Cartier-Bresson

'When you live by the sea, there are definite seasons when you can see the weather coming and going, which lends itself to photography.'

Graeme Le Saux

'People think because it's photography it's not worth as much, and because it's a woman artist, you're still not getting as much - there's still definitely that happening. I'm still really competitive when it comes to, I guess, the male painters and male artists. I still think that's really unfair.'

Cindy Sherman

'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

'I went into photography because it seemed like the perfect vehicle for commenting on the madness of today's existence.'

Robert Mapplethorpe

'Don’t pack up your camera until you’ve left the location.'

Joe McNally

'What I like about photographs is that they capture a moment that’s gone forever, impossible to reproduce.'

Karl Lagerfeld

'If I am successful, the photograph reveals the underbelly, the overlooked and the under appreciated.'

Tom Baril

'A portrait is not made in the camera but on either side of it.'

Edward Steichen

'A photograph is usually looked at -seldom looked into.'

Ansel Adams

'I always use my last week’s effort as my greatest inspiration. Instead of comparing myself to what photographers around me are doing, I’m always trying to beat last week’s effort.'

Jerry Ghionis

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

Anonymous

'In photography there is a reality so subtle that it becomes more real than reality.'

Alfred Stieglitz

'Today everything exists to end in a photograph.'

Susan Sontag

'Beauty can be seen in all things, seeing and composing the beauty is what separates the snapshot from the photograph.'

Matt Hardy

'The arts equally have distinct departments, and unless photography has its own possibilities of expression, separate from those of the other arts, it is merely a process, not an art.'

Alfred Stieglitz

'All photographs are accurate. None of them is the truth.'

Richard Avedon

'Essentially what photography is is life lit up.'

Sam Abell

'Photography is truth.'

Jean-Luc Godard

'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

'A picture is a secret about a secret. the more it tells you the less you know.'

Diane Arbus

'When I first became interested in photography, I thought it was the whole cheese. My idea was to have it recognized as one of the fine arts. Today I don't give a hoot in hell about that. The mission of photography is to explain man to man and each man to himself.'

Edward Steichen

'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

'Once the amateur's naive approach and humble willingness to learn fades away, the creative spirit of good photography dies with it. Every professional should remain always in his heart an amateur.'

Alfred Eisenstaedt

'What makes photography a strange invention is that its primary raw materials are light and time.'

John Berger

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

Annie Leibovitz

'We are making photographs to understand what our lives mean to us.'

Ralph Hattersley

'I tend to think of the act of photographing, general speaking, as an adventure. My favorite thing is to go where I’ve never been.'

Diane Arbus

'A photograph is a picture painted by the sun without instruction in art.'

Ambrose Bierce

'I always thought of photography as a naughty thing to do - that was one of my favorite things about it, and when I first did it, I felt very perverse.'

Diane Arbus

'A lot of people think that when you have grand scenery, such as you have in Yosemite, that photography must be easy.'

Galen Rowell

'Photography suits the temper of this age - of active bodies and minds. It is a perfect medium for one whose mind is teeming with ideas, imagery, for a prolific worker who would be slowed down by painting or sculpting, for one who sees quickly and acts decisively, accurately.'

Edward Weston

'There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer.'

Ansel Adams

'Ever since the 1860s when photographers travelled the American West and brought photographs of scenic wonders back to the people on the East Coast of America we have had a North American tradition of landscape photography used for the environment.'

Galen Rowell

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

Steve McCurry

'I think landscape photography in general is somewhat undervalued.'

Galen Rowell

'Photography is all about secrets. The secrets we all have and will never tell.'

Kim Edwards

'People don't have time to wait for somebody to paint their portraits anymore. The money is in photography.'

Robert Mapplethorpe

'What it all boils down to for me is having the enthusiasm to do something for enjoyment and being stimulated by what's around you. That's what photography does for me.'

Graeme Le Saux

'Photography is still a very new medium and everything must be tried and dare.'

Bill Brandt

'You don’t take a photograph, you make it.'

Ansel Adams

'Look at lots of exhibitions and books, and don't get hung up on cameras and technical things. Photography is about images.'

Fay Godwin

'I wish that all of nature’s magnificence, the emotion of the land, the living energy of place could be photographed.'

Annie Leibovitz

'There is one thing the photograph must contain, the humanity of the moment.'

Robert Frank

'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

'You don’t take a photograph. You make it.'

Ansel Adams

'One eye sees, the other feels.'

Paul Klee

'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

'Today everything exists to end in a photograph.'

Susan Sontag

'I loved photography and everybody said it was a crazy thing to do because in those days nobody made it into the film business. I mean, unless you were related to somebody there was no way in.'

George Lucas

'When I photograph, what I’m really doing is seeking answers to things.'

Wynn Bullock

'A photograph shouldn’t be just a picture, it should be a philosophy.'

Amit Kalantri

'I think good dreaming is what leads to good photographs.'

Wayne Miller

'My main camera is a Nikon D3. I use a French camera from the 1800s for wet plate photography. But to me the camera really doesn't matter that much. I don't have a preference for film or digital.'

Nikki Sixx

'If you want to be a better photographer, stand in front of more interesting stuff.'

Jim Richardson

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

Scott Lorenzo

'Taking pictures is savoring life intensely, every hundredth of a second.'

Marc Riboud

'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 can only represent the present. Once photographed, the subject becomes part of the past.'

Berenice Abbott

'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

'Great photography is about depth of feeling, not depth of field.'

Peter Adams

'If you want something to look interesting, don’t light all of it.'

Joe McNally

'I like to photograph anyone before they know what their best angles are.'

Ellen Von Unwerth

'After my kids were born I found myself incorporating my photography into different art endeavours and from there it just blossomed. I have always had to have an outlet for my creativity and when my life became more about raising my family than the bright lights of show business exploring my photo art was a great outlet for me.'

Angela Cartwright

'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.'

Annie Leibovitz

'It is more important to click with people than to click the shutter.'

Alfred Eisenstaedt

'With photography a new language has been created. Now for the first time it is possible to express reality by reality.'

Ernst Haas

'Moreover, photography has made it possible to fix these images and now provides us with a permanent record of each observed spectrum, which can be measured out at any time.'

Pieter Zeeman

'A photograph can be an instant of life captured for eternity that will never cease looking back at you.'

Brigitte Bartow

'The clue to book jacket photography is to look friendly and approachable, but not too glamorous.'

Antonia Fraser

'I don’t trust words. I trust pictures.'

Gilles Peress

'It is a profound honour as a photographer to witness twopeople falling in love.'

Jesh de Rox

'There is no question that photography has played a major role in the environmental movement.'

Galen Rowell

'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

'Generally, the French highly promote culture and the arts, and photography is in their blood.'

Herb Ritts

'If you see something that moves you, and then snap it, you keep a moment.'

Linda McCartney

'In photography there is a reality so subtle that it becomes more than reality.'

Alfred Stieglitz

'Photograph: a picture painted by the sun without instruction in art.'

Ambrose Bierce

'Photography is like sex. You know the ending. So how can you make it interesting?'

Fer Juaristi

'Photography to the amateur is recreation, to the professional it is work, and hard work too, no matter how pleasurable it my be.'

Edward Weston

'Big game photography in Africa is mainly done from a vehicle, so then I feel I might as well take the lot.'

Nigel Dennis

'Photography started as a means of getting reference material for my paintings of nature subjects.'

Nigel Dennis

'It is more important to click with people than to shutter.'

Alfred Stieglitz

'Photography, alone of the arts, seems perfected to serve the desire humans have for a moment - this very moment - to stay.'

Sam Abell

'I am very much aware of the visual side of things. I do a lot of photography. I often take Polaroids of things that strike me as visually interesting, just to remember them and perhaps use later.'

Helena Christensen

'A good snapshot keeps a moment from running away.'

Eudora Welty

'All photographs are accurate. None of them is the truth.'

Richard Avedon

'Photography is all about secrets. The secrets we all have and will never tell.'

Kim Edwards

'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

'We are making photographs to understand what our lives mean to us.'

Ralph Hattersley

'Photography has been a passion of mine since I was 15. After my kids were born I found myself incorporating my photography into different art endeavours and from there it just blossomed.'

Angela Cartwright

'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

'I treat the photograph as a work of great complexity in which you can find drama. Add to that a careful composition of landscapes, live photography, the right music and interviews with people, and it becomes a style.'

Ken Burns

'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

'The best thing about a picture is that it never changes, even when the people in it do.'

Andy Warhol

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

Anonymous

'The Painter constructs, the photographer composes.'

Susan Sontag

'The use of the term art medium is, to say the least, misleading, for it is the artist that creates a work of art not the medium. It is the artist in photography that gives form to content by a distillation of ideas, thought, experience, insight and understanding.'

Edward Steichen

'In photography there is a reality so subtle that it becomes more real than reality.'

Alfred Stieglitz

'Not everybody trusts paintings but people believe photographs.'

Ansel Adams

'Photography is an art of observation. It has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.'

Elliot Erwitt

'A camera is a tool for learning how to see without a camera.'

Dorthea Lange

'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

'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

'In my photography, color and composition are inseparable. I see in color.'

William Albert Allard

'Taking an image, and freezing it, reveals how rich reality truly is.'

Anonymous

'A photograph shouldn’t be a picture, it should be a philosophy.'

Amit Kalantri

'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

'The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.'

Dorothea Lange

'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 my images I live with them.'

Bruce Gilden

'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

'Does not the very word 'creative' mean to build, to initiate, to give out, to act - rather than to be acted upon, to be subjective? Living photography is positive in its approach, it sings a song of life - not death.'

Berenice Abbott

'Computer photography won't be photography as we know it. I think photography will always be chemical.'

Annie Leibovitz

'I find humor in many situations and things and I tend to make photographs that point out these things. We photograph according to our character.'

Huy Nguyen

'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

'To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting 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

'I never have taken a picture I’ve intended. They’re always better or worse.'

Diane Arbus

'Which of my photographs is my favorite? The one I’m going to take tomorrow.'

Imogen Cunningham

'The whole point of taking pictures is so that you don’t have to explain things with words.'

Elliott Erwitt

'You photography is a record of your living, for anyone who really see.'

Paul Strand

'Photography is truth. The cinema is truth twenty-four, times per second.'

Jean-Luc Godard

'Photography helps people to see.'

Berenice Abbott

'Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still.'

Dorothea Lange

'Traditionally, photography is supposed to capture an event that has passed; but that is not what I'm looking for. Photography brings the past into the present when you look at it.'

Julian Schnabel

'The mission of photography is to explain man to man and each to himself. And that is the most complicated thing on earth.'

Edward Steichen

'Taking pictures is like tiptoeing into the kitchen late at night and stealing Oreo cookies.'

Diane Arbus

'For me the printing process is part of the magic of photography. It's that magic that can be exciting, disappointing, rewarding and frustrating all in the same few moments in the darkroom.'

John Sexton

'I don't need the money I generate from photography to support myself.'

Kim Weston

'In photography there are no shadows that cannot be illuminated.'

August Sander

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

Diane Arbus

'Photography is a major force in explaining man to man.'

Edward Steichen

'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

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

Diane Arbus

'It doesn't matter if you're photographing a porter in a market in Marrakech or you're photographing the king of Morocco. You have the same sympathetic approach to everybody. You be nice to everybody, basically.'

Albert Watson

'A photograph can be an instant of life captured for, eternity that will never cease looking back at you.'

Brigitte Bardot

'In photography there are no shadows that cannot be illuminated.'

August Sander

'A photographer is like a cod, which produces, million eggs in order that one may reach maturity.'

George Bernard Shaw

'Only photograph what you love.'

Tim Walker

'The earth is art, the photography is only the witness.'

Yann Arthus-Bertrand

'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

'An artist’s only concern is to shoot for some kind of perfection, and on his own terms, not anyone else’s.'

J. D. Salinger

'Character, like a photograph, develops in darkness.'

Yousuf Karsh

'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

'Look and think before opening the shutter. The heart and mind are the true lens of the camera.'

Yousuf Karsh

'Taking pictures is savoring life intensely, every hundredth of a second.'

Marc Riboud

'Arte enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.'

Thomas Merton

'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

'When people look at my pictures I want them to feel the way they do when they want to read the line of a poem twice.'

Robert Frank

'Not everybody trusts paintings but people believe photographs.'

Ansel Adams

'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

'I don't think there's any such thing as teaching people photography, other than influencing them a little. People have to be their own learners. They have to have a certain talent.'

Imogen Cunningham

'I have no fear of photography as long as it cannot be used in heaven and in hell.'

Edvard Munch

'Photography can never grow up if it imitates some other medium. It has to walk alone; it has to be itself.'

Berenice Abbott

'For me, the camera us a sketch book, and instrument of intuition and spontaneity.'

Henri Cartier-Bresson

'When you live by the sea, there are definite seasons when you can see the weather coming and going, which lends itself to photography.'

Graeme Le Saux

'People think because it's photography it's not worth as much, and because it's a woman artist, you're still not getting as much - there's still definitely that happening. I'm still really competitive when it comes to, I guess, the male painters and male artists. I still think that's really unfair.'

Cindy Sherman

'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

'I went into photography because it seemed like the perfect vehicle for commenting on the madness of today's existence.'

Robert Mapplethorpe

'Don’t pack up your camera until you’ve left the location.'

Joe McNally

'What I like about photographs is that they capture a moment that’s gone forever, impossible to reproduce.'

Karl Lagerfeld

'If I am successful, the photograph reveals the underbelly, the overlooked and the under appreciated.'

Tom Baril

'A portrait is not made in the camera but on either side of it.'

Edward Steichen

'A photograph is usually looked at -seldom looked into.'

Ansel Adams

'I always use my last week’s effort as my greatest inspiration. Instead of comparing myself to what photographers around me are doing, I’m always trying to beat last week’s effort.'

Jerry Ghionis

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

Anonymous

'In photography there is a reality so subtle that it becomes more real than reality.'

Alfred Stieglitz

'Today everything exists to end in a photograph.'

Susan Sontag

'Beauty can be seen in all things, seeing and composing the beauty is what separates the snapshot from the photograph.'

Matt Hardy

'The arts equally have distinct departments, and unless photography has its own possibilities of expression, separate from those of the other arts, it is merely a process, not an art.'

Alfred Stieglitz

'All photographs are accurate. None of them is the truth.'

Richard Avedon

'Essentially what photography is is life lit up.'

Sam Abell

'Photography is truth.'

Jean-Luc Godard

'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

'A picture is a secret about a secret. the more it tells you the less you know.'

Diane Arbus

'When I first became interested in photography, I thought it was the whole cheese. My idea was to have it recognized as one of the fine arts. Today I don't give a hoot in hell about that. The mission of photography is to explain man to man and each man to himself.'

Edward Steichen

'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

'Once the amateur's naive approach and humble willingness to learn fades away, the creative spirit of good photography dies with it. Every professional should remain always in his heart an amateur.'

Alfred Eisenstaedt

'What makes photography a strange invention is that its primary raw materials are light and time.'

John Berger

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

Annie Leibovitz

'We are making photographs to understand what our lives mean to us.'

Ralph Hattersley

'I tend to think of the act of photographing, general speaking, as an adventure. My favorite thing is to go where I’ve never been.'

Diane Arbus

'A photograph is a picture painted by the sun without instruction in art.'

Ambrose Bierce

'I always thought of photography as a naughty thing to do - that was one of my favorite things about it, and when I first did it, I felt very perverse.'

Diane Arbus

'A lot of people think that when you have grand scenery, such as you have in Yosemite, that photography must be easy.'

Galen Rowell

'Photography suits the temper of this age - of active bodies and minds. It is a perfect medium for one whose mind is teeming with ideas, imagery, for a prolific worker who would be slowed down by painting or sculpting, for one who sees quickly and acts decisively, accurately.'

Edward Weston

'There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer.'

Ansel Adams

'Ever since the 1860s when photographers travelled the American West and brought photographs of scenic wonders back to the people on the East Coast of America we have had a North American tradition of landscape photography used for the environment.'

Galen Rowell

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

Steve McCurry

'I think landscape photography in general is somewhat undervalued.'

Galen Rowell

'Photography is all about secrets. The secrets we all have and will never tell.'

Kim Edwards

'People don't have time to wait for somebody to paint their portraits anymore. The money is in photography.'

Robert Mapplethorpe

'What it all boils down to for me is having the enthusiasm to do something for enjoyment and being stimulated by what's around you. That's what photography does for me.'

Graeme Le Saux

'Photography is still a very new medium and everything must be tried and dare.'

Bill Brandt

'You don’t take a photograph, you make it.'

Ansel Adams

'Look at lots of exhibitions and books, and don't get hung up on cameras and technical things. Photography is about images.'

Fay Godwin

'I wish that all of nature’s magnificence, the emotion of the land, the living energy of place could be photographed.'

Annie Leibovitz

'There is one thing the photograph must contain, the humanity of the moment.'

Robert Frank

'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

'You don’t take a photograph. You make it.'

Ansel Adams

'One eye sees, the other feels.'

Paul Klee

'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

'Today everything exists to end in a photograph.'

Susan Sontag

'I loved photography and everybody said it was a crazy thing to do because in those days nobody made it into the film business. I mean, unless you were related to somebody there was no way in.'

George Lucas

'When I photograph, what I’m really doing is seeking answers to things.'

Wynn Bullock

'A photograph shouldn’t be just a picture, it should be a philosophy.'

Amit Kalantri

'I think good dreaming is what leads to good photographs.'

Wayne Miller

'My main camera is a Nikon D3. I use a French camera from the 1800s for wet plate photography. But to me the camera really doesn't matter that much. I don't have a preference for film or digital.'

Nikki Sixx

'If you want to be a better photographer, stand in front of more interesting stuff.'

Jim Richardson

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

Scott Lorenzo

'Taking pictures is savoring life intensely, every hundredth of a second.'

Marc Riboud

'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 can only represent the present. Once photographed, the subject becomes part of the past.'

Berenice Abbott

'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

'Great photography is about depth of feeling, not depth of field.'

Peter Adams

'If you want something to look interesting, don’t light all of it.'

Joe McNally

'I like to photograph anyone before they know what their best angles are.'

Ellen Von Unwerth

'After my kids were born I found myself incorporating my photography into different art endeavours and from there it just blossomed. I have always had to have an outlet for my creativity and when my life became more about raising my family than the bright lights of show business exploring my photo art was a great outlet for me.'

Angela Cartwright

'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.'

Annie Leibovitz

'It is more important to click with people than to click the shutter.'

Alfred Eisenstaedt

'With photography a new language has been created. Now for the first time it is possible to express reality by reality.'

Ernst Haas

'Moreover, photography has made it possible to fix these images and now provides us with a permanent record of each observed spectrum, which can be measured out at any time.'

Pieter Zeeman

'A photograph can be an instant of life captured for eternity that will never cease looking back at you.'

Brigitte Bartow

'The clue to book jacket photography is to look friendly and approachable, but not too glamorous.'

Antonia Fraser

'I don’t trust words. I trust pictures.'

Gilles Peress

'It is a profound honour as a photographer to witness twopeople falling in love.'

Jesh de Rox

'There is no question that photography has played a major role in the environmental movement.'

Galen Rowell

'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

'Generally, the French highly promote culture and the arts, and photography is in their blood.'

Herb Ritts

'If you see something that moves you, and then snap it, you keep a moment.'

Linda McCartney

'In photography there is a reality so subtle that it becomes more than reality.'

Alfred Stieglitz

'Photograph: a picture painted by the sun without instruction in art.'

Ambrose Bierce

'Photography is like sex. You know the ending. So how can you make it interesting?'

Fer Juaristi

'Photography to the amateur is recreation, to the professional it is work, and hard work too, no matter how pleasurable it my be.'

Edward Weston

'Big game photography in Africa is mainly done from a vehicle, so then I feel I might as well take the lot.'

Nigel Dennis

'Photography started as a means of getting reference material for my paintings of nature subjects.'

Nigel Dennis

'It is more important to click with people than to shutter.'

Alfred Stieglitz

'Photography, alone of the arts, seems perfected to serve the desire humans have for a moment - this very moment - to stay.'

Sam Abell

'I am very much aware of the visual side of things. I do a lot of photography. I often take Polaroids of things that strike me as visually interesting, just to remember them and perhaps use later.'

Helena Christensen

'A good snapshot keeps a moment from running away.'

Eudora Welty

'All photographs are accurate. None of them is the truth.'

Richard Avedon

'Photography is all about secrets. The secrets we all have and will never tell.'

Kim Edwards

'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

'We are making photographs to understand what our lives mean to us.'

Ralph Hattersley

'Photography has been a passion of mine since I was 15. After my kids were born I found myself incorporating my photography into different art endeavours and from there it just blossomed.'

Angela Cartwright

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