Inspirational Photography Quotes

Inspirational Photography Quotes by Annie Leibovitz, Man Ray, David Alan Harvey, Elliott Erwitt, Ansel Adams, Sally Mann and many others.

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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
Personally, I have always preferred inspiration to information.
Man Ray
Don’t shoot what it looks like. Shoot what it feels like.
David Alan Harvey
The whole point of taking pictures is so that you don’t have to explain things with words.
Elliott Erwitt
A great photograph is one that fully expresses what one feels, in the deepest sense, about what is being photographed.
Ansel Adams
Photographs open doors into the past, but they also alloq a look into the future
Sally Mann
A good photograph is knowing where to stand.
Ansel Adams
Most things in life are moments of pleasure and a lifetime of embarrassment; photography is a moment of embarrassment and a lifetime of pleasure.
Tony Benn
There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs.
Ansel Adams
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.
Elliott Erwitt
Since I’m inarticulate, I express myself with images.
Helen Levitt
Taking pictures is like tiptoeing into the kitchen late at night and stealing Oreo cookies.
Diane Arbus
It is the photographer, not the camera, that is the instrument.
Ansel Adams
The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.
Dorothea Lange
Photography is the only language that can be understood anywhere in the world.
Bruno Barbey
If I could tell the story in words, I wouldn’t need to lug around a camera.
Lewis Hine
Taking pictures is savoring life intensely, every hundredth of a second.
Marc Riboud
Don’t pack up your camera until you’ve left the location.
Joe McNally
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
Art is not in the …eye of the beholder. It’s in the soul of the artist.
Seth Godin
The instrument is not the camera but the photographer.
Eve Arnold
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.
David Bailey
Essentially what photography is is life lit up.
Sam Abell
A good snapshot stops a moment from running away.
Eudora Welty
A portrait is not made in the camera but on either side of it.
Edward Steichen
Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving.
Aaron Siskind
Twelve significant photographs in any one year is a good crop.
Ansel Adams
Your photography is a record of your living, for anyone who really sees.
Paul Strand
If I saw something in my viewfinder that looked familiar to me, I would do something to shake it up.
Garry Winogrand
The best thing about a picture is that it never changes, even when the people in it do.
Andy Warhol
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
Photography can only represent the present. Once photographed, the subject becomes part of the past.
Berenice Abbott
Never boss people around. It’s more important to click with people than to click the shutter.
Alfred Eisenstaedt
Photography is a love affair with life.
Burk Uzzle
Photography is a language more universal than words.
Minor White
The camera has always been a guide, and it’s allowed me to see things and focus on things that maybe an average person wouldn’t even notice.
Don Chadwick
A lot of photographers think that if they buy a better camera they’ll be able to take better photographs. A better camera won’t do a thing for you if you don’t have anything in your head or in your heart.
Arnold Newman
Light makes photography. Embrace light. Admire it. Love it. But above all, know light. Know it for all you are worth, and you will know the key to photography.
George Eastman
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
If a photographer cares about the people before the lens and is compassionate, much is given. It is the photographer, not the camera, that is the instrument.
Eve Arnold
Photography, as a powerful medium of expression and communications, offers an infinite variety of perception, interpretation and execution.
Ansel Adams
In photography there are no shadows that cannot be illuminated.
August Sander
Landscape photography is the supreme test of the photographer – and often the supreme disappointment.
Ansel Adams
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
When you photograph people in color you photograph their clothes. When you photograph people in black and white, you photograph their soul!
Ted Grant
When I photograph, what I’m really doing is seeking answers to things.
Wynn Bullock
You don’t make a photograph just with a camera
Ansel Adams
If you are out there shooting, things will happen for you. If you’re not out there, you’ll only hear about it.
Jay Maisel
My life is shaped by the urgent need to wander and observe, and my camera is my passport.
Steve McCurry
A good photograph is one that communicates a fact, touches the heart and leaves the viewer a changed person for having seen it. It is, in a word, effective.
Irving Penn
It is one thing to photograph people. It is another to make others care about them by revealing the core of their humanness.
Paul Strand
Every other artist begins with a blank canvas, a piece of paper the photographer begins with the finished product.
Edward Steichen
One should really use the camera as though tomorrow you’d be stricken blind.
Dorothea Lange
You don’t take a photograph, you make it.
Ansel Adams
If you see something that moves you, and then snap it, you keep a moment.
Linda McCartney
My favorite thing is to go where I’ve never been.
Diane Arbus
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
Look and think before opening the shutter. The heart and mind are the true lens of the camera.
Yousuf Karsh
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
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
Photograph: a picture painted by the sun without instruction in art.
Ambrose Bierce
I like to photograph anyone before they know what their best angles are.
Ellen von Unwerth
Your eye must see a composition or an expression that life itself offers you, and you must know with intuition when to click the camera.
Henri Cartier-Bresson
Photography is about finding out what can happen in the frame. When you put four edges around some facts, you change those facts.
Garry Winogrand
Photographers deal in things which are continually vanishing and when they have vanished there is no contrivance on earth which can make them come back again.
Henri Cartier-Bresson
Beauty can be seen in all things.
Matt Hardy
If your pictures aren’t good enough, you aren’t close enough.
Robert Capa
The camera adds a certain sheen to things. Something about being frozen in time really makes things sparkle.
Brandon Stanton
There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer.
Ansel Adams
What makes photography a strange invention is that its primary raw materials are light and time.
John Berger
For me, the camera is a sketch book, an instrument of intuition and spontaneity.
Henri Cartier-Bresson
I tend to think of the act of photographing, generally speaking, as an adventure. My favorite thing is to go where I’ve never been.
Diane Arbus
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.
Annie Leibovitz
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
I really believe there are things nobody would see if I didn’t photograph them.
Diane Arbus
I am forever chasing light. Light turns the ordinary into the magical.
Trent Parke
Photography is a small voice, at best, but sometimes one photograph, or a group of them, can lure our sense of awareness.
W. Eugene Smith