Photography Quotes

This is a "Photography Quotes" from famous photographers that existed at that time

Ambrose Bierce: Photograph:  a picture painted by the sun without instruction in art. 

You don't take a photograph.  You ask, quietly, to borrow it. 

Ansel Adams: Sometimes I do get to places just when God's ready to have somebody click the shutter. 

Robert Adams: No place is boring, if you've had a good night's sleep and have a pocket full of unexposed film.Darkroom & Creative Camera Techniques, May 1995

James Lalropui Keivom: It's weird that photographers spend years or even a whole lifetime, trying to capture moments that added together, don't even amount to a couple of hours. 

Ted Grant: When you photograph people in colour you photograph their clothes.  But when you photograph people in B&W, you photograph their souls! 

Dorothea Lange: While there is perhaps a province in which the photograph can tell us nothing more than what we see with our own eyes, there is another in which it proves to us how little our eyes permit us to see. 

Minor White: Often while traveling with a camera we arrive just as the sun slips over the horizon of a moment, too late to expose film, only time enough to expose our hearts. 

Ansel Adams: A photograph is usually looked at - seldom looked into. 

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

W. Eugene Smith: The world just does not fit conveniently into the format of a 35mm camera. 

Ansel Adams: Dodging and burning are steps to take care of mistakes God made in establishing tonal relationships. 

I think a photography class should be a requirement in all educational programs because it makes you see the world rather than just look at it. 

Eudora Welty: A good snapshot stops a moment from running away. 

Dirk Bogarde: The camera can photograph thought. 

William Albert Allard: I think the best pictures are often on the edges of any situation, I don't find photographing the situation nearly as interesting as photographing the edges."The Photographic Essay"

Ansel Adams: There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs. 

Edward Steichen: No photographer is as good as the simplest camera. 

Every time someone tells me how sharp my photos are, I assume that it isn't a very interesting photograph.  If it were, they would have more to say. 

John Loengard: Perishability in a photograph is important in a picture.  If a photograph looks perishable we say, "Gee, I'm glad I have that moment."Pictures Under Discussion"

Ansel Adams: When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs.  When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence. 

Richard Avedon: My portraits are more about me than they are about the people I photograph. 

John Steinbeck: I hate cameras.  They are so much more sure than I am about everything. 

Louis Fabian Bachrach: The departure of our boys to foreign parts with the ever-present possibility that they might never return, taught the real value of photography to every father and mother.  To many a mother the photograph of her boy in his country's uniform was the one never-failing consolation. 

The goal is not to change your subjects, but for the subject to change the photographer. 

Henri Cartier-Bresson: Actually, I'm not all that interested in the subject of photography.  Once the picture is in the box, I'm not all that interested in what happens next.  Hunters, after all, aren't cooks. 

DeGriff: There will be times when you will be in the field without a camera.  And, you will see the most glorious sunset or the most beautiful scene that you have ever witnessed.  Don't be bitter because you can't record it.  Sit down, drink it in, and enjoy it for what it is! 

Usman B. Asif: Fear is a darkroom where negatives develop. 

Richard Avedon: All photos are accurate.  None of them is the truth. 

Harold Evans: The camera cannot lie, but it can be an accessory to untruth."Pictures on a Page"

Ansel Adams: You don't take a photograph, you make it. 

Buying a Nikon doesn't make you a photographer.  It makes you a Nikon owner. 

Tony Benn: Most things in life are moments of pleasure and a lifetime of embarrassment; photography is a moment of embarrassment and a lifetime of pleasure. 

Ansel Adams: A great photograph is a full expression of what one feels about what is being photographed in the deepest sense, and is, thereby, a true expression of what one feels about life in its entirety. 

Ruth Bernhard: I never question what to do, it tells me what to do.  The photographs make themselves with my help. 

Robert Brault: It pleases me to take amateur photographs of my garden, and it pleases my garden to make my photographs look professional.  

John Loengard: A Ming vase can be well-designed and well-made and is beautiful for that reason alone.  I don't think this can be true for photography.  Unless there is something a little incomplete and a little strange, it will simply look like a copy of something pretty.  We won't take an interest in it."Pictures Under Discussion"

Mary Ellen Mark: I just think it's important to be direct and honest with people about why you're photographing them and what you're doing.  After all, you are taking some of their soul. 

Jeb Dickerson: I'm not a particularly verbose person.  I think that's why I like taking pictures... they speak for themselves. 

Edward Steichen: Photography records the gamut of feelings written on the human face, the beauty of the earth and skies that man has inherited, and the wealth and confusion man has created.  It is a major force in explaining man to man. 

Henri Cartier Bresson: The photograph itself doesn't interest me.  I want only to capture a minute part of reality. 

Henri Cartier Bresson: The creative act lasts but a brief moment, a lightning instant of give-and-take, just long enough for you to level the camera and to trap the fleeting prey in your little box. 

Henri Cartier-Bresson: Photographers deal in things which are continually vanishing and when they have vanished there is no contrivance on earth which can make them come back again. 

Lewis Hine: If I could tell the story in words, I wouldn't need to lug around a camera. 

Everyone has a photographic memory, but not everyone has film.

Sam Abbel: Photographs that transcend but do not deny their literal situation appeal to me. 

A picture is worth a thousand words; a slide show is both. 

One photo out of focus is a mistake, ten photo out of focus are an experimentation, one hundred photo out of focus are a style. 

John Berger: All photographs are there to remind us of what we forget.  In this - as in other ways - they are the opposite of paintings.  Paintings record what the painter remembers.  Because each one of us forgets different things, a photo more than a painting may change its meaning according to who is looking at it. 

Wynn Bullock: I didn't want to tell the tree or weed what it was.  I wanted it to tell me something and through me express its meaning in nature. 

Duane Michals: Photography deals exquisitely with appearances, but nothing is what it appears to be. 

Ansel Adams: The negative is the equivalent of the composer's score, and the print the performance.