54 of the best photographer quotes ever:
A Photograph is a moral decision taken in one eighth of a second.
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.
A photograph is usually looked at - seldom looked into.
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.
A picture is a poem without words.
A good snapshot keeps a moment from running away.
When you photograph people in color you photograph their clothes, but when you photograph them in black and white, you photograph their souls!
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.
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.
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.
A great photograph is one that fully expresses what one feels, in the deepest sense, about what is being photographed.
Ansel Adams Photographer Quote
Sometimes I do get to places just when God's ready to have somebody click the shutter.
Which of my photographs is my favorite? The one I’m going to take tomorrow.
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.
It is my intention to present - through the medium of photography - intuitive observations of the natural world which may have meaning to the spectators.
Life is not about significant detail, illuminating in a flash, fixed forever. Photographs are.
I really believe there are things nobody would see if I didn’t photograph them.
The trouble with photographing beautiful women is that you never get into the dark room until after they’ve gone.
When a girl complains that her photographs don’t do her justice, it’s probably because they look like her.
In every photographer there is something of a stroller.
Not everybody trusts paintings but people believe photographs.
I always thought good photos were like good jokes. If you have to explain it, it just isn’t that good.
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.
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.
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.
Annie Leibovits photographer quote
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.
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.
Most things in life are moments of pleasure and a lifetime of embarrassment; photography is a moment of embarrassment and a lifetime of pleasure.
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.
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.
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.
I wish that all of nature's magnificence, the emotion of the land, the living energy of place could be photographed.
‘To the complaint, ‘There are no people in these photographs,’ I respond, ‘There are always two people: the photographer and the viewer.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A thing that you see in my pictures is that I was not afraid to fall in love with these people.
A very subtle difference can make the picture or not.
A photograph is a secret about a secret. The more it tells you the less you know.
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