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Famous Photography Quotes

Quotes About Photography.

We’ve collated some of our favourite photography quotes to inspire and motivate you on your photographic journey. Hope you enjoy them!

Feel free to add your own favourites in the comments below :)
Famous Photography Quotes

by Mark Boardman

November 28, 2018


"Photography is a foreign language everyone thinks he speaks"

~ Philip-Lorca diCorcia


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

~ Ansel Adams


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

~ Karl Lagerfeld


“Wherever there is light, one can photograph.”

~ Alfred Stieglitz


“You don't make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.”

~ Ansel Adams


“When you photograph people in color, you photograph their clothes. But when you photograph people in Black and white, you photograph their souls!”

~ Ted Grant


“A picture is a secret about a secret, the more it tells you the less you know.”

~ Diane Arbus


“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


“Only photograph what you love.”

~ Tim Walker

 Macclesfield Hills - Photograph what you love

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

~ Dorothea Lange


“Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst.”

~ Henri Cartier-Bresson


“The Earth is Art, The Photographer is only a Witness ”

~ Yann Arthus-Bertrand, Earth from Above

 Macclesfield Sunset Photography

“A good photograph is knowing where to stand.”

~ Ansel Adams


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

~ George Bernard Shaw


“Not everybody trusts paintings but people believe photographs.”

~ Ansel Adams


“Photography is a reality so subtle that it becomes more real than reality.”

~ Alfred Stieglitz


“There’s a time when people say your work is revolutionary, but you have to keep being revolutionary. I can’t keep shooting pop stars all my life. You have to keep changing, keep pushing yourself, looking for the new, the unusual.”

~ Rankin


“The painter constructs, the photographer discloses.”

~ Susan Sontag, On Photography


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

~ Elliott Erwitt


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

~ Diane Arbus

 Safe House Anglesey

“A photograph shouldn't be just a picture, it should be a philosophy.”

~ Amit Kalantri, Wealth of Words


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

~ Joe McNally


“A photograph can be an instant of life captured for eternity that will never cease looking back at you.”

~ Brigitte Bardot


“One of the risks of appearing in public is the likelihood of being photographed.”

~ Diane Arbus


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

~ Alfred Eisenstaedt


“Photography can only represent the present. Once photographed, the subject becomes part of the past.”

~ Berenice Abbott


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

~ Ellen Von Unwerth


“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


“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





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