Photography Quotations

Quotes made by photographers or about photography or relevant to photographers. If you know a good quote that is not included please send it to me.

First – most important of all:

"Light glorifies everything. It transforms and ennobles the most commonplace and ordinary subjects. The object is nothing; light is everything." Leonard Misonne
One eye of the photographer looks wide open through the viewfinder, the other, the closed looks into his own soul.Henri Cartier-Bresson
Sharpness is a bourgeois concept. Henri Cartier Bresson
Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst. Henri Cartier-Bresson
It is an illusion that photos are made with the camera… they are made with the eye, heart and head. Henri Cartier-Bresson
To be ready is one thing, to be able to wait is another; but to seize the right moment is everything. Arthur Schnitzler

Make visible what, without you, might perhaps never have been seen. Robert Bresson

I give the moment permanence. Manuel Álvarez Bravo

To make the essence of man visible in the exposure is the highest art of photography. Freidrich Durrenmatt

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

DSLR Don’t Shoot Lots of Rubbish! Anon

Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one. Albert Einstein
Isn’t it amazing what so much money and so little ability can produce? Robert Hughes, Art critic (on Damien Hirst)
“Landscape photography is the supreme test of the photographer – and often the supreme disappointment.” Ansel Adams
“Sometimes I arrive just when God’s ready to have someone click the shutter.” Ansel Adams
There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs. Ansel Adams

Dawn is coming. Open your eyes. Look into the sun as the new days rise.
(Stay Alive, Jose Gonzalez from The Secret Life of Walter Mitty).

I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.
Douglas Adams

If your pictures aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough. Robert Capa

When you photograph people in colour, you photograph their clothes;
when you photograph them in black and white, you photograph their souls.
Ted Grant

If it’s more than 500 yards from the car, it isn’t photogenic. Edward Weston

To see color as form means looking at the image in a new way, trying
to free oneself from absorption in subject matter. Cole Weston

Amateurs worry about gear, pros about money and artists worry about light.
Anon

“The greater the artist, the greater the doubt. Perfect confidence is given to the less talented as a consolation prize.” Robert Hughes, art critic.

Inspiration is a guest that does not willingly visit the lazy. Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Truly there would be reason to go mad were it not for photography.
With acknowledgement to Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

A painter should begin every canvas with a wash of black, because all things in nature are dark except where exposed by the light. Leonardo da Vinci

Bokeh describes the look of the part of the image you can’t clearly see.
Unknown
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