A comprehensive collection of some of the most inspiring photography
quotes by the most influencial photographers and thinkers.
"The problem with quotes on the internet is that you can't always be sure of their authenticity."
"The fetishization of cameras and lenses pulls one’s attention away from the art and practice of photography"
"When I look at my old pictures, all I can see is what I used to be but am no longer. I think: What I can see is what I am not."
"To consult the rules of composition before making a picture is a little like consulting the law of gravitation before going for a walk."
"A photographer is like a cod, which produces a million eggs in order that one may reach maturity."
George Bernard Shaw
"Above all, life for a photographer cannot be a matter of indifference"
"If your pictures aren't good enough, you aren't close enough."
"If I could tell the story in words, I wouldn't need to lug around a camera."
"When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence."
"When I have sex with someone I forget who I am. For a minute I even forget I'm human. It's the same thing when I'm behind a camera. I forget I exist."
"So successful has been the camera's role in beautifying the world that photographs, rather than the world, have become the standard of the beautiful."
"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."
"The camera's only job is to get out of the way of making photographs."
"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."
"The Earth is Art, The Photographer is only a Witness"
"Every time someone tells me how sharp my photos are, I assume that it isn't a very interesting photograph. If it were, they would have more to say."
"You can look at a picture for a week and never think of it again. You can also look at a picture for a second and think of it all your life."
"Photography is my one recreation and I think it should be done well."
"A photographer went to a socialite party in New York. As he entered the front door, the host said ‘I love your pictures - they’re wonderful; you must have a fantastic camera.’ He said nothing until dinner was finished, then: ‘That was a wonderful dinner; you must have a terrific stove."
"I always thought of photography as a naughty thing to do - that was one of my favourite things about it, and when I first did it, I felt very perverse."
"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."
"The urge to create, the urge to photograph, comes in part from the deep desire to live with more integrity, to live more in peace with the world, and possibly to help others to do the same."
"The pictures are there, and you just take them."
"No matter how advanced your camera you still need to be responsible for getting it to the right place at the right time and pointing it in the right direction to get the photo you want."
"Photography has the capacity to provide images of man and his environment that are both works of art and moments in history"
"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"
"Taking pictures is savoring life intensely, every hundredth of a second."
"One photo out of focus is a mistake, ten photos out of focus are an experimentation, one hundred photos out of focus are a style."
"Photograph: a picture painted by the sun without instruction in art."
"The marvels of daily life are exciting; no movie director can arrange the unexpected that you find in the street."
"Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst."
"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."
"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."
"There is only you and your camera. The limitations in your photography are in yourself, for what we see is what we are"
"Landscape photography is the supreme test of the photographer - and often the supreme disappointment."
"Good photos are like good jokes. If you have to explain it, it just isn’t that good."
"I'm always mentally photographing everything as practice."
"Landscape photographers are crepuscular creatures, we tend to function most creatively at twilight, be it dawn or dusk."
"If you take photographs, don’t speak, don’t write, don’t analyse yourself, and don’t answer any questions."
"There is nothing worse than a brilliant image of a fuzzy concept."
"A photograph is always invisible, it is not it that we see."
"For me, the camera is a sketch book, an instrument of intuition and spontaneity."
"Twelve significant photographs in any one year is a good crop"
"Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it."
"Look, I'm not an intellectual, I just take pictures.”
"I have a very good memory, but it's short. Thank god for photography."
John E. Burkowski
"There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer."
"Which of my photographs is my favourite? The one I’m going to take tomorrow."
"The camera doesn't make a bit of difference. All of them can record what you are seeing. But, you have to see."
"When you photograph people in colour you photograph their clothes. But when you photograph people in black and white, you photograph their souls!"
"I've finally figured out what's wrong with photography. It's a one-eyed man looking through a little 'ole. Now, how much reality can there be in that?"
"Actually, 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."
"There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs."
"Photography is like making cheese. It takes a hell of a lot of milk to make a small amount of cheese just like it takes a hell of a lot of photos to get a good one."
"I am sure the next step will be the electronic image, and I hope I shall live to see it. I trust that the creative eye will continue to function, whatever technological innovations may develop."
"In every photographer there was a painter, a true artist, awaiting expression."
"In the same spirit, when the automobile arrived, there were those that declared the horse to be the most perfect form of locomotion."
"I have always been very interested in photography. I have looked at far more photographs than I have paintings. Because their reality is stronger than reality itself."
"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
"A photograph is usually looked at, seldom looked into."
"If you own an oven it does not make you a top chef. Likewise, if you own a camera, it does not make you a professional photographer."
"There will be times when you will be in the field without a camera. And, you will see the most glorious sunset or the most beautiful scene that you have ever witnessed. Don't be bitter because you can't record it. Sit down, drink it in, and enjoy it for what it is."
"Life is like photography, you have to use the negatives to develop...well, unless it's digital photography."
"The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera."
"I have discovered photography. Now I can kill myself. I have nothing else to learn."