Photography Quotes

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

 

Landscape photography is the supreme test of the photographer, and often the supreme disappointment. - Ansel Adams

 

In photography, the smallest thing can be a great subject. The little, human detail can become a Leitmotiv. - Henri Cartier-Bresson

 

The mission of photography is to explain man to man and each to himself. And that is the most complicated thing on earth. - Edward Steichen

 

Photography to me is catching a moment which is passing, and which is true. - Jacques-Henri Lartigue

 

Photography can never grow up if it imitates some other medium. It has to walk alone; it has to be itself. - Berenice Abbott

 

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 ordinary. - David Bailey

 

Photography is more than a medium for factual communication of ideas. It is a creative art. - Ansel Adams

 

When I first became interested in photography, I thought it was the whole cheese. My idea was to have it recognized as one of the fine arts. Today I don't give a hoot in hell about that. The mission of photography is to explain man to man and each man to himself. - Edward Steichen

 

You don’t take a photograph, you make it. - Ansel Adams

 

Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst. – Henri Cartier-Bresson

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

 

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

 

Which of my photographs is my favorite? The one I’m going to take tomorrow. – Imogen Cunningham

 

You’ve got to push yourself harder. You’ve got to start looking for pictures nobody else could take. You’ve got to take the tools you have and probe deeper. – William Albert Allard

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

I always thought good photos were like good jokes. If you have to explain it, it just isn’t that good. – Anonymous

 

Twelve significant photographs in any one year is a good crop. – Ansel Adams

 

It can be a trap of the photographer to think that his or her best pictures were the ones that were hardest to get. – Timothy Allen

 
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