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
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
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.
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.
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.
“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
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.