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75 best photography quotes (by famous photographers)

The 75 best photography quotes off al time made by famous photographers & photography lovers who bravely revolutionized the photography world forever.

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Today we are going to inspire you with the best photography quotes from famous photographers.

If an image is worth a thousand words, then these quotes from famous photographers are priceless.

Andy Warhol, artist, portrait holder.

Since its invention, photography has allowed us to capture many historical moments, unique and unforgettable, becoming an important means to immortalize an infinite number of emotions.

Photography, in addition to its participation in history and science, has revolutionized the world of art, becoming today a fascinating language where with a single click you can capture a part of the present and save it forever.

In this way, great artists have been inspired, famous photographers who have expressed these beautiful photography phrases to not only inspire us, but also to help us understand this fascinating artistic language and, why not, improve our future shots.

Let’s start!

75 best photography quotes by famous photographers

“Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by keeping it still.”

– Dorothea Lange

“Photography is history that I cannot express in words.”

– Destin Sparks

“Taking a picture means aligning your head, eyes and heart. It is a way of life.”

– Henri Cartier-Bresson

“One thing you see in my photos is that I was not afraid to fall in love with these people.”

– Annie Leibovitz

“When the words are not clear, I will focus with photographs. When the images become inadequate, I will be content with silence. “

– Ansel Adams

“Photography is the art of showing how many ephemeral moments life is made of”.

– Marcel Proust

“Great photography is about depth of feeling, not depth of field.”

– Peter Adams

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

– Alfred Stieglitz

“There is one thing that photography must contain, the humanity of the moment.”

– Robert Frank

“You don’t take a photo, you create it.”

– Ansel Adams

“Your first 10,000 photos are the worst.

– Henri Cartier-Bresson

“Clicking with people is more important than clicking the shutter.”

– Alfred Eisenstaedt

“Taking photos is like tiptoeing into the kitchen late at night and stealing Oreo cookies.”

– Diane Arbus

“Taking a picture, freezing for a moment, reveals how rich reality is.”

– Anonymous

“Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have captured in the film is captured forever … Remember little things, long after you have forgotten everything. “

– Aaron Siskind

“We are taking photographs to understand what our lives mean to us.”

– Ralph Hattersley

“If your photos are not good enough, you are not close enough.”

– Robert Capa

“Taking photos is intensely savoring life, every hundredth of a second.”

– Marc Riboud

“You don’t take a picture. You ask quietly to borrow it.”

– Anonymous

“Photography for me is not looking, it is feeling. If you cannot feel what you are seeing, you will never make others feel anything when they see your photos.”

– Don McCullin

“You don’t do a portrait on camera, but on each side.”

– Edward Steichen

“It is one thing to make an image of what a person looks like, another thing to make a portrait of who they are.”

– Paul Caponigro

“The best thing about an image is that it never changes, even when the people in it do.”

– Andy Warhol

“For me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place … I’ve discovered that it has little to do with the things you see and everything with the way you see them. “

– Elliott Erwitt

“The image you took with your camera is the imagination you want to create with reality.”

– Scott Lorenzo

“If the photographer is interested in people in front of his lens, and if he is compassionate, it is already a lot. The instrument is not the camera but the photographer.”

– Eve Arnold

“A tear contains an ocean. A photographer is aware of the small moments in a person’s life that reveal greater truths. “

– Anonymous

“The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.”

– Dorothea Lange

“Essentially, what photography is is enlightened life.”

– Sam Abell

“I don’t trust the words. I trust the photos.”

– Gilles Peress

“I really think there are things that nobody would see if they didn’t photograph them.”

– Diane Arbus

“Once you learn how to care, you can record images with your mind or on film. There is no difference between the two. “


“Photography: An image painted by the sun without art instruction”.

– Ambrose Bierce

“Photography is true.”

– Jean-Luc Godard

“The camera makes you forget you’re there. It’s not like you’re hiding, but you forget, you’re just looking at a lot.”

– Annie Leibovitz

“If you see something that moves you, and then you break it, you hold on for a moment.”

– Linda McCartney

“There are always two people in each image: the photographer and the viewer.”

– Ansel Adams

“A photograph is a secret about a secret. The more it tells you, the less you know.

– Diane Arbus

“The goal of taking photos is so you don’t have to explain things in words.”

– Elliott Erwitt

“You don’t stop seeing. You don’t stop framing. It doesn’t go off and on. It’s on all the time.”

– Annie Leibovitz

“What I like about the photographs is that they capture a moment that is gone forever, impossible to reproduce.”

– Karl Lagerfeld

“A good photograph is one that communicates a fact, touches the heart and leaves the viewer a different person for having seen it. It is, in a word, effective. ”

– Irving Penn

“Beauty can be seen in all things, seeing and composing beauty is what separates the snapshot from photography.”

– Matt Hardy

“You don’t take a picture, you do it.”

– Ansel Adams

“When people ask me what equipment I use, I tell them what I see.”

– Anonymous

“I wish I could photograph all the magnificence of nature, the excitement of the earth, the living energy of the place.”

– Annie Leibovitz

“I never took a photo that I intended. They are always better or worse.”

– Diane Arbus

“All photographs are accurate. Neither of them is the truth.”

– Richard Avedon

“Today everything exists to end in a photograph.”

– Susan Sontag

“I think dreaming well is what leads to good pictures.”

– Wayne Miller

“I love the people I photograph. I mean, they are my friends. I’ve never met most of them or don’t know them at all, but through my images I live with them. ”

– Bruce Gilden

“If you want to be a better photographer, stand up to more interesting things.”

– Jim Richardson

“When I say I want to photograph someone, what it really means is that I would like to meet them. I photograph anyone I know.

– Annie Leibovitz

“My life is shaped by the urgent need to wander and observe, and my camera is my passport.”

– Steve McCurry

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

– Yousuf Karsh

“The camera is an excuse to be in a place you wouldn’t belong to. It gives me a point of connection and a point of separation.”

– Susan Meiselas

“Most things in life are moments of pleasure and a lifetime of shame; Photography is a moment of shame and a life of pleasure. ”

– Tony Benn

“I like to photograph anyone before I know what their best angles are.”

– Ellen Von Unwerth

“Just photograph what you love.”

– Tim Walker

“There are no shadows in the photograph that cannot be illuminated.”

– August Sander

“When I’m photographing, what I’m really doing is searching for answers to things.”

– Wynn Bullock

“The character, like a photograph, takes place in the dark.”

– Yousuf Karsh

“It is strange that photographers spend years or even a lifetime trying to capture moments that add up, not even add up to a couple of hours.”

– James Lalropui Keivom

“Once the photo enters the bloodstream, it is like a disease.”

– Anonymous

“Which of my photos is my favorite? The one I’m going to take tomorrow. ”

– Imogen Cunningham

“Of course, there will always be those who only look at the technique, who ask ‘how’, while others of a more curious nature will ask ‘why’. Personally, I have always preferred inspiration to information.”

– Man Ray

“For me, the camera is a sketch pad, an instrument of intuition and spontaneity”.

– Henri Cartier-Bresson

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

“Photographing is holding your breath when all the faculties converge to capture the fleeting reality. It is at that precise moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy.”

– Henri Cartier-Bresson

“A photographer should never be judged on the type of film he uses, but only on how he uses it.”

– Ernst Haas

“Given the existence of photography and cinematography, the pictorial reproduction of the truth no longer interests or interests anyone.”

– Giacomo Balla

“The most beautiful, the simplest of all is the spontaneous reflection with which you try to stop a moment of joy destined to disappear.”

– Robert Doisneau

“Perhaps each artist’s deepest desire is to confuse or merge all the arts, just as things merge in real life.”

– Man Ray

“Photography is an art; in fact it is more than an art, it is the solar phenomenon in which the artist collaborates with the sun”.

– Alphonse de Lamartine

“Light can do everything. Shadows work for me. I make shadows. I make light. I can create everything with my camera.”

– Man Ray

“For me, photography should suggest, not insist or explain.”


“After all, photography is a faster way to make a sculpture.”

–Robert Mapplethorpe

“The world is in color, but reality is in black and white.”

– Wim Wenders

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