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Quotes on Photography

Here are a few of our favorite quotes from photographers over the years!

“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

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

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

“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

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

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

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

“Photography helps people to see.” – Berenice Abbott

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

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

Media Bakery ID: WAV0048897 Little schoolboy thinking during class
Media Bakery ID: WAV0048897 Little schoolboy thinking during class

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

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

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

“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

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

“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

“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 organising them. You just have to care about what’s around you and have a concern with humanity and the human comedy.”- Elliott Erwitt

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

“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

“The photograph itself doesn’t interest me. I want only to capture a minute part of reality.”- Henri Cartier-Bresson

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

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

“With photography, I like to create a fiction out of reality. I try and do this by taking society’s natural prejudice and giving this a twist.” – Martin Parr

Media Bakery ID: AUR0015437 A woman takes a photo of a man canoeing on a lake at sunset in Idaho.
Media Bakery ID: AUR0015437 A woman takes a photo of a man canoeing on a lake at sunset in Idaho.

“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

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

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

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

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

“Only photograph what you love.”- Tim Walker

“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

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