75 Inspiring quotes from successful photographers

Photography quotes are inspiring and soothing. There is no better way to express the joy, but also the frustration of this creative work. Sometimes we experience photography in a very specific way, but can’t quite figure out how to express those feelings. In everyday life we often come across quotes that describe feelings and emotions in a way we could never do ourselves… I hope you enjoy our collection of the best photography quotes.

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Inspiration from photographers quotes

Whether you’re an amateur or a professional photographer, these inspirational photography quotes will motivate you to (re)find your passion and love for photography. Why Photography Sayings And Quotes? Because photography is more than just a skill or talent. Photography is a passion that needs constant fulfillment. Successful and famous photographers like Ansel Adams, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Mark Denman, Ted Grant, or Annie Leibovitz also know this. So read their personal photography quotes and learn from them.

Photography Quotes 1 – 30

The camera is an instrument that teaches people to see without a camera. Dorothea Lange

Photography is essentially life illuminated. Sam Abell

I do not trust words. I trust pictures. Gilles Peress

I really believe that there are things that no one would see if I didn’t photograph them. Diane Arbus

What I call photography is finding the truth with lenses and camera, is old fashioned and dying because of digital technology.
Jim Rocket

Photography intensely savors life, every hundredth of a second. Marc Riboud

Once you learn to share, it doesn’t matter whether you store images in your head or on film. There is no difference between these two. Unknown

I have never taken a picture that I intended to take. They are always better or worse. Diane Arbus

All photographs are correct. None of them is the truth. Richard Avedon

My life is characterized by the urgent need to wander and observe – and my camera is my passport Steve McCurry

Photography is like archery: Aim right, shoot fast, and get away quickly.

Henri Cartier-Bresson

Look and think before you open the shutter. Heart and mind are the true lens of the camera. Yousuf Karsh

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Your first 10’000 photographs are the worst. Henri Cartier-Bresson

The camera is an excuse to be in a place where you don’t belong. It gives me a point of connection as well as a point of demarcation. Susan Meiselas

Most things in life are moments of joy and lifelong embarrassment. Photography is a moment of embarrassment and lifelong joy. Tony Benn

I like to photograph someone before they know which is their chocolate side. Ellen Von Unwerth

Great photography is about depth of feeling, not depth of field. Peter Adams

The fact that a technically flawed (in the conventional sense) photograph can be more emotionally effective than a technically flawless image will come as a shock to those naive enough to believe that technical perfection is the true value of a photograph.
Andreas Feininger

Life is like a camera. Just focus on what’s important and capture the good times. Evolve from negative results. When things don’t work out, "take another shot". Unknown

In photography there are no shadows that cannot be illuminated. August Sander

When I take pictures, I’m really looking for answers to things. Wynn Bullock

Character – as well as photographs – develops in darkness. Yousuf Karsh

It’s strange that photographers spend years or a lifetime capturing moments that add up to just a few hours. James Lalropui Keivom

Once photography enters your bloodstream, it’s like a disease. Unknown

Which of my pictures is my favorite? The one I will take tomorrow! Imogen Cunningham

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Photography sayings 30 – 55

You like even more Photography Quotes and Sayings Read? All right – here comes the second part. Photography is a powerful visual tool that can be used to tell compelling stories. The lasting impressions and experiences are often expressed with photography quotes. As a medium and in its purest form, photography has the ability to represent desire, joy, lust, sadness and pain. Just one image is powerful enough to change your worldview in an instant.

Photography is the story I cannot put into words. Destin Sparks – award winning landscape photographer from Australia

When words become unclear, I will focus on photographs. When images become insufficient, I will settle for stillness. Ansel Adams

When I have a camera in my hand, I know no fear. Alfred Eisenstaedt

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

There is something that a photograph must contain: the humanity of the moment. Robert Frank

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Taking a photograph that freezes the moment reveals how rich reality really is. Unknown

Photography is a way to feel, to touch, to love. What you capture on film is captured forever. It will remind you of little things long after you have forgotten everything. Aaron Siskind

We take photos to understand what our life means to us. Ralph Hattersley

Something you can see in my pictures is that I wasn’t afraid to fall in love with these people. Annie Leibovitz

What makes photography a strange invention is that its primary raw material is just light and time. John Berger

Photography for me is not looking, but feeling. If you can’t feel what you’re looking at, you’ll never get others to feel anything when they look at your photo either. Don McCullin

A portrait is not taken in the camera, but from the two sides around it. Edward Steichen

It’s one thing to take a picture of what a person looks like – it’s another thing to take a portrait of who they are. Paul Caponigro

The best thing about a picture is that it never changes – even if the people in it do. Andy Warhol

Photography is like tiptoeing into the kitchen late at night to steal Oreo cookies. Diane Arbus

Photographs open doors to the past, but they also allow a glimpse into the future. Sally Mann

Photography for me is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place. I have found that it has little to do with how things look, but much more to do with how you see them. Elliott Erwitt

The picture you took with your camera is an image you want to create based on reality. Scott Lorenzo

If the photographer is interested in the people in front of his lens and is compassionate, that’s already a lot of. The instrument is not the camera, but the photographer. Eve Arnold

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

Photography has nothing to do with cameras. Luke Gentry

Today everything exists only to end in a photo. Susan Sontag

I think good dreaming leads to good photos. Wayne Miller

You can look at a picture for a week and never think about it again. On the other hand, you can look at a picture for only 1 second and never forget it again. Joan MIro

I love the people I photograph. I mean they are my friends. I have never met most of them or know them at all, but through my images I live with them. Bruce Gilden

If you want to be a better photographer, get in front of more interesting subjects. Jim Richardson

When I say that I want to photograph someone, what I really mean is that I want to know the person. I photograph everyone I know. Annie Leibovitz

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Photo Quotes and Photography Wisdoms 56 – 71

I’m sure you’ve noticed: Some of these photography quotes came from very famous photographers. Still, it’s also nice to see that there is an unknown author or two out there. We think it’s everyone’s right to put their experience with photography into a quote. What is yours? Share it with us and leave a comment!

Photo: a picture painted by the sun, without artistic guidance. Ambrose Bierce

Photography is the truth. Jean-Luc Godard

Photography takes a moment out of time – changes lives by holding them still. Dorothea Lange

The camera makes you forget you are there. It’s not that you hide, you just look so much. Annie Leibovitz

If you see something that moves you and you photograph that, you keep a moment. Linda McCartney

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

A photo is a secret about a secret. The more it tells you, the less you know. Diane Arbus

The point of photography is that you don’t have to explain things with words. Elliott Erwitt

You never stop seeing. One does not stop focusing. It cannot be turned off and on again. It is on all the time. Annie Leibovitz

What I like about photographs is that they capture a moment that is gone forever and cannot be reproduced. Karl Lagerfeld

A good photo is one that communicates a fact, touches the heart and leaves the viewer a changed person. It is, in a word, effective. Irving Penn

Beauty can be seen in all things. Seeing and composing the beauty is what separates the snapshot from the photograph. Matt Hardy

When people ask me what kind of equipment I use, I tell them: my eyes. Unknown

I wish that all the splendor of nature, the emotions of the land, and the vibrant energy of a place could be photographed. Annie Leibovitz

A good snapshot keeps a moment from running away.
Eudora Welty

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Also, 74 inspirational quotes won’t make you a better photographer. Only YOU make you a better photographer. pixolum

My favorite photography quote

My favorite photography quote is the second to last one. Eudora Alice Welty was an American short story and novelist who wrote about the American South. Her novel "The Optimist’s Daughter" won the Pulitzer Prize in 1973.

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Photography Quotes Capture Moments

Capture the brief moments.

Their insight highlights how photos preserve a moment in time, so anyone can go back to the moment when the photo was taken. As a father of two, I chose the image of father and child to represent this quote and to remind me that the small moments with my children are the most important ones. Capture them before they’re gone.

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