Photographer Quotes On Photography

54 of the best photographer quotes ever:

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A Photograph is a moral decision taken in one eighth of a second.
~Salman Rushdie

When you are younger, the camera is like a friend and you can go places and feel like you're with someone, like you have a companion. 
~Annie Leibovitz

A photograph is usually looked at - seldom looked into. 
~Ansel Adams

Instead of just recording reality, photographs have become the norm for the way things appear to us, thereby changing the very idea of reality and of realism.
~Susan Sontag

A picture is a poem without words.
~Horace

A picture can become for us a highway between a particular thing and a universal feeling.
~Lawrence Harris

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

What i like about photographs is that they capture a moment that’s gone forever, impossible to reproduce.
~Karl Lagerfeld

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

Taking a picture is savoring life intensely, every hundredth of a second.
~Marc Riboud

A good snapshot keeps a moment from running away.
~Euro Welty

When you photograph people in color you photograph their clothes, but when you photograph them in black and white, you photograph their souls!
~Ted Grant

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

The virtue of the camera is not the power it has to transform the photographer into an artist, but the impulse it gives him to keep on looking.
~Brooks Atkinson

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

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

Ansel Adams Photographer Quote

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Sometimes I do get to places just when God's ready to have somebody click the shutter.
~Ansel Adams

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



While there is perhaps a proviince 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

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

Life is not about significant detail, illuminating in a flash, fixed forever. Photographs are.
~Susan Sontag

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

The trouble with photographing beautiful women is that you never get into the dark room until after they’ve gone.
~Yousuf Karsh

When a girl complains that her photographs don’t do her justice, it’s probably because they look like her.
~Unknown Author

In every photographer there is something of a stroller.
~Henri Cartier-Bresson

Not everybody trusts paintings but people believe photographs.
~Ansel Adams

I always thought good photos were like good jokes. If you have to explain it, it just isn’t that good.
~Unknown Author

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

You don’t take a photograph. You ask, quietly, to borrow it.
~Unknown Author

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 Sussman

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

Annie Leibovits photographer quote

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If I didn't have my camera to remind me constantly, I am here to do this, I would eventually have slipped away, I think. I would have forgotten my reason to exist.
~Annie Leibovits

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

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

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

Most photographers would feel a certain embarrassment in admitting publicly that they carried within them a sense of wonder, yet without it they would not produce the work they do, whatever their particular field.
~Bill Brandt

I am impressed with what happens when someone stays in the same place and you took the same picture over and over and it would be different, every single frame.
~Annie Leibovitz

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

‘To the complaint, ‘There are no people in these photographs,’ I respond, ‘There are always two people: the photographer and the viewer.
~Ansel Adams

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

There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs.
~Ansel Adams

In my mind's eye, I visualize how a particular... sight and feeling 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

I dream that someday the step between my mind and my finger will no longer be needed. And that simply by blinking my eyes, I shall make pictures. Then, I think, I shall really have become a photographer.
~Alfred Eisenstaedt

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

Nature is so powerful, so strong. Capturing its essence is not easy - your work becomes a dance with light and the weather. It takes you to a place within yourself.
~Annie Leibovitz

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

My own eyes are no more than scouts on a preliminary search, for the camera's eye may entirely change my idea.
~Edward Weston

I have often thought that if photography were difficult in the true sense of the term -- meaning that the creation of a simple photograph would entail as much time and effort as the production of a good watercolor or etching -- there would be a vast improvement in total output. The sheer ease with which we can produce a superficial image often leads to creative disaster.
~Ansel Adams

Some photographers take reality... and impose the domination of their own thought and spirit. Others come before reality more tenderly and a photograph to them is an instrument of love and revelation.
~Ansel Adams

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

A very subtle difference can make the picture or not. 
~Annie Leibovitz

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

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

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