Dec 16, 2013

41 Photography Quotes

“Photography is simply a function of noticing things.” ~ Elliott Erwitt

”Taking pictures is like tiptoeing into the kitchen late at night and stealing Oreo cookies.” ~ Diane Arbus

“Pictures you have taken have an influence on those that you are going to make. That’s life!” ~ John Sexton 

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

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

“A good snapshot keeps a moment from running away.” ~ Eudor Welty

“If you see something that moves you, and then snap it, you keep a moment.” ~ Linda McCartney

“You don't take a photograph, you make it.” ~ Ansel Adams

“A photographer is like a cod, which produces a million eggs in order that one may reach maturity.” ~ George Bernard Shaw

“Fear is a darkroom where negatives develop.” ~ Usman B. Asif 

“Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst.” ~ Henri Cratier-Bresson

“Which of my photographs is my favorite? The one I’m going to take tomorrow.” ~ Imogen Cunningham
“Not everybody trusts paintings but people believe photographs.” ~ Ansel Admas

“I didn't want to tell the tree or weed what it was.  I wanted it to tell me something and through me express its meaning in nature.” ~ Wynn Bullock

“The Earth is Art, The Photographer is only a Witness ” ~ Yann Arthus-Bertrand

“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

“Of course it’s all luck.” ~ Henri Cartier-Bresson

“It can be a trap of the photographer to think that his or her best pictures were the ones that were hardest to get.” ~ Timothy Allen 

“I don’t get wrapped up in technique and the like.” ~ Fay Godwin 

“Art is what we call...the thing an artist does. It's not the medium or the oil or the price or whether it hangs on a wall or you eat it. What matters, what makes it art, is that the person who made it overcame the resistance, ignored the voice of doubt and made something worth making; Something risky, something human. Art is not in the ... eye of the beholder. It's in the soul of the artist.” ~ Set Godin

“Everywhere I look and most of the time I look, I see photographs.” ~ Bert Hardy

“I always thought good photos were like good jokes. If you have to explain it, it just isn’t that good.” ~ Anonymous
“I like form and shape and strength in pictures.” ~ Herb Ritts 

“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

“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 

“Photography helps people to see.” ~ Berenice Abbott

“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.” ~ Anonymous

”Best wide-angle lens? Two steps backward. Look for the ‘ah-ha’.” ~ Ernst Haas 

”Sharpness is a bourgeois concept.” ~ Henri Cartier-Bresson 

“I am forever chasing light. Light turns the ordinary into the magical.” ~ Trent Parke

“I love photographing. It’s that simple.” ~ Stuart Franklin 

“The painter constructs, the photographer discloses.” ~ Susan Sontag

“Landscape photography is the supreme test of the photographer and often the supreme disappointment.” ~ Ansel Adams

“Photography is the only language that can be understood anywhere in the world.” ~ Bruno Barbey

“In photography there is a reality so subtle that it becomes more real than reality.” ~ Alfred Stieglitz 

“I fell in love with taking pictures, with wandering around finding things. To me it feels like a kind of performance. The picture is a document of that performance.” ~ Alec Soth

“No matter how much crap you gotta plow through to stay alive as a photographer, no matter how many bad assignments, bad days, bad clients, snotty subjects, obnoxious handlers, wigged-out art directors, technical disasters, failures of the mind, body, and will, all the shouldas, couldas, and wouldas that befuddle our brains and creep into our dreams, always remember to make room to shoot what you love. It’s the only way to keep your heart beating as a photographer.” ~ Joe McNally

“Success is what happens when 10,000 hours of preparation meet with one moment of opportunity.” ~ Anonymous

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

“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.” ~ Elliot Erwitt

“Look and think before opening the shutter. The heart and mind are the true lens of the camera.” ~ Yousuf Karsh

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

"Good light and happy photo making!" ~ Juergen Roth
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  1. That is a fantastic list of Photographic quotes - thank you.

  2. Thanks very much for commenting on these photography quotes and pictures LS ~ so glad you enjoyed them ~ some of my favorite quotes! Happy Thursday, Juergen