61 Inspirational Photography Quotes For Great Pictures

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

2. “There is one thing the photograph must contain, the humanity of the moment.” ― Robert Frank

3. “I really believe there are things nobody would see if I didn’t photograph them.” ― Diane Arbus

4. “Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary.” ― Cecil Beaton

5. “Allow yourself the freedom to step away from perfection because it is only then that you can find success.” ― Chase Jarvis

6. “Your photography is a record of your living, for anyone who really sees.”- Paul Strand

7. “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

8. “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

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

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

11. “I’ve always believed that photography is a way to shape human perception.”– James Balog

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

13. “When a moment in front of me appears to be particularly special, whether it be by beauty or experience, I capture it. I usually find a reason to justify taking that photo – symmetry, or color or contrast – and it’s my hope that my photography sheds light onto what I see and do on a daily basis.” ― Connor Franta

14. “The picture that you took with your camera is the imagination you want to create with reality.” ― Scott Lorenzo

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

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

17. “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

18. “Photography has no rules, it is not a sport. It is the result which counts, no matter how it is achieved.”– Bill Brandt

19. “Photography is the story I fail to put into words.” ― Destin Sparks

20. “Photograph: a picture painted by the sun without instruction in art.” ― Ambrose Bierce

21. “For me, the camera is a sketchbook, an instrument of intuition and spontaneity.” ― Henri Cartier-Bresson

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

23. “What do we feel when we look at a good photograph? We just want to be there, right at the exact moment that photo taken!”- Mehmet Murat Ildan

24. “If I have any ‘message’ worth giving to a beginner it is that there are no shortcuts in photography.” ― Edward Weston

25. “Photography is an austere and blazing poetry of the real.”– Ansel Adams

26. “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 Siskind

27. “We don’t learn from our good images; we learn from the ones that can be improved on.”– Jen Rozenbaum

28. “When I photograph, what I’m really doing is seeking answers to things.” ― Wynn Bullock

29. “Taking an image, freezing a moment, reveals how rich reality truly is.” ― Anonymous

30. “One doesn’t stop seeing. One doesn’t stop framing. It doesn’t turn off and turn on. It’s on all the time.” ― Annie Leibovitz

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

32. “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

33. “Every viewer is going to get a different thing. That’s the thing about painting, photography, cinema.” ― David Lynch

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

35. “When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.” ― Ansel Adams

36. “The whole point of taking pictures is so that you don’t have to explain things with words.” ― Elliott Erwitt

37. “The art of photography is all about directing the attention of the viewer.” ― Steven Pinker

38. “Don’t pack up your camera until you’ve left the location.”– Joe McNally

39. “If I saw something in my viewfinder that looked familiar to me, I would do something to shake it up.” ― Garry Winogrand

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

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

42. “Taking pictures is savoring life intensely, every hundredth of a second.” ― Marc Riboud

43. “The biggest cliche in photography is sunrise and sunset.” ― Catherine Opie

44. “It’s not enough to just own a camera. Everyone owns a camera. To be a photographer, you must understand, appreciate, and harness the power you hold!“- Mark Denman

45. “Photography is truth.” ― Jean-Luc Godard

46. “It is more important to click with people than to click the shutter.”

47. “There’s something strange and powerful about black-and-white imagery.”– Stefan Kanfer

48. “There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer.” ― Ansel Adams

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

50. “Photography deals exquisitely with appearances, but nothing is what it appears to be.”– Duane Michals

51. “Creativity needs to extend beyond the lens. Find creative ways to showcase your work and get it seen. Straight up tenacity, hard work and determination will always be part of the equation, so get to it.” ― Jimmy Chin

52. “I don’t think there’s any such thing as teaching people photography, other than influencing them a little. People have to be their own learners. They have to have a certain talent.”– Imogen Cunningham

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

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

55. “A photograph is usually looked at – seldom looked into.” ― Ansel Adams

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

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

58. “The best thing about a picture is that it never changes, even when the people in it do.” ― Andy Warhol

59. “Only photography has been able to divide human life into a series of moments, each of them has the value of a complete existence.”- Eadweard Muybridge

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

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

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