Street Photography Quotes

Street Photography Quotes by Garry Winogrand, Thomas Leuthard, Ted Grant, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Elliott Erwitt, Joel Meyerowitz and many others.

Photography is about finding out what can happen in the

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
Street Photography is like fishing. Catching the fish is more exciting than eating it.
Thomas Leuthard
It’s neither our culture nor our race which
interconnects us. It’s Street Photography.
Thomas Leuthard
I photograph to find out what something will look like photographed.
Garry Winogrand
When you photograph people in color you photograph their clothes. When you photograph people in black and white, you photograph their soul!
Ted Grant
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
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
I believe that street photography is central to the issue of photography—that it is purely photographic, whereas the other genres, such as landscape and portrait photography, are a little more applied, more mixed in the with the history of painting and other art forms.
Joel Meyerowitz
If your pictures aren’t good enough, you aren’t close enough.
Robert Capa
The eye should learn to listen before it looks.
Robert Frank
Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still.
Dorothea Lange
I love the people I photograph. I mean, they’re my friends. I’ve never met most of them or I don’t know them at all, yet through my images I live with them.
Bruce Gilden
If you can smell the street by looking at the photo, it’s a street photograph
Bruce Gilden
Be yourself. I much prefer seeing something, even it is clumsy, that doesn’t look like somebody else’s work.
William Klein
You don’t make a photograph just with a camera
Ansel Adams
Which of my photographs is my favorite? The one I’m going to take tomorrow.
Imogen Cunningham
You don’t take a photograph, you make it.
Ansel Adams
Street photography is art and if art is a crime, please God, forgive me.
Thomas Leuthard
I have always felt that a lot of the most interesting work, not just mine but other people’s, falls into [the] nether area, somewhere between the worlds of documentary and photojournalism (two very vague words) and the world of art. I think a lot of street photography falls into this nether area.
Alex Webb
Photographers mistake the emotion they feel while taking the photo as a judgment that the photograph is good
Garry Winogrand
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
During the work, you have to be sure that you haven’t left any holes, that you’ve captured everything, because afterwards it will be too late.
Henri Cartier-Bresson
Never boss people around. It’s more important to click with people than to click the shutter.
Alfred Eisenstaedt
The marvels of daily life are exciting; no movie director can arrange the unexpected that you find in the street.
Robert Doisneau
The whole point of taking pictures is so that you don’t have to explain things with words.
Elliott Erwitt
In photography, the smallest thing can be a great subject. The little, human detail can become a Leitmotiv.
Henri Cartier-Bresson
If I saw something in my viewfinder that looked familiar to me, I would do something to shake it up.
Garry Winogrand
Seeing is not enough; you have to feel what you photograph
Andre Kertesz
Since I’m inarticulate, I express myself with images.
Helen Levitt
A good photograph is knowing where to stand.
Ansel Adams
Oop! The Moment! Once you miss it, it is gone forever.
Henri Cartier-Bresson
Don’t pack up your camera until you’ve left the location.
Joe McNally
Nothing happens when you sit at home. I always make it a point to carry a camera with me at all times…I just shoot at what interests me at that moment.
Elliott Erwitt
I suspect it is for one’s self-interest that one looks at one’s surroundings and one’s self. This search is personally born and is indeed my reason and motive for making photographs.
Lee Friedlander
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
Twelve significant photographs in any one year is a good crop.
Ansel Adams
There is a creative fraction of a second when you are taking a picture. 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. That is the moment the photographer is creative. Oop! The Moment! Once you miss it, it is gone forever.
Henri Cartier-Bresson
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
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
All the technique in the world doesn’t compensate for the inability to notice.
Elliott Erwitt
I have problems with a lot of photography, particularly street photography and photojournalism – objectifying the other, finding the contempt and exoticism that you might feel within yourself or toward yourself and projecting it out to others. There can be an abusive power to photography, too.
Barbara Kruger
A photograph is a secret about a secret. The more it tells you the less you know.
Diane Arbus
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