Photography Quotes

Pictures are wasted unless the motive power which impelled you to action is strong and stirring.

Berenice Abbott

Anything more than 500 yds from the car just isn't photogenic.

Edward Weston

The world is going to pieces and people like Adams and Weston are photographing rocks!

Henri Cartier-Bresson

To the complaint, 'There are no people in these photographs,' I respond, 'There are always two people: the photographer and the viewer.

Ansel Adams

I have often thought that if photography were difficult in the true sense of the term -- meaning that the creation of a simple photograph would entail as much time and effort as the production of a good watercolor or etching -- there would be a vast improvement in total output. The sheer ease with which we can produce a superficial image often leads to creative disaster.

Ansel Adams

A photograph is a secret about a secret. The more it tells you the less you know.

Diane Arbus

The camera doesn't make a bit of difference. All of them can record what you are seeing. But, you have to SEE.

Ernst Haas

We try to grab pieces of our lives as they speed past us. Photographs freeze those pieces and help us remember how we were. We don't know these lost people but if you look around, you'll find someone just like them.

Gene McSweeney

Maybe because it's entirely an artist's eye, patience and skill that makes an image and not his tools.

Ken Rockwell

The camera's only job is to get out of the way of making photographs.

Ken Rockwel

Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter.

Oscar Wilde

They used to photograph Shirley Temple through gauze. They should photograph me through linoleum.

Tallulah Bankhead

The photographic image ... is a message without a code.

Roland Barthes

On Photography "Photography does not create eternity, as art does; it embalms time, rescuing it simply from its proper corruption

Susan Sontag

To visualize an image in whole or in part is to see clearly in the mind prior to exposure, a continuous projection from composing the image through the final prin

AndrČ Bazin

These people live again in print as intensely as when their images were captured on old dry plates of sixty years ago... I am walking in their alleys, standing in their rooms and sheds and workshops, looking in and out of their windows. Any they in turn seem to be aware of me

Ansel Adams

The term accessories has come to include a host of photographic gadgets of questionable value...

Ansel Adams

I am always surprised when I see several cameras, a gaggle on lenses, filters, meters, et cetera, rattling around in a soft bag with a complement of refuse and dust. Sometimes the professional is the worst offender!

Ansel Adams

To photograph truthfully and effectively is to see beneath the surfaces and record the qualities of nature and humanity which live or are latent in all things

Ansel Adams

There is nothing worse than a brilliant image of a fuzzy concept.

Ansel Adams

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

Ansel Adams

A good photograph is knowing where to stand

Ansel Adams

Practice random acts of kindness and senseless acts of beauty

Ansel Adams

The crude creations of mortal thought must finally give place to the glorious forms which we sometimes behold in the camera of divine Mind, where the mental picture is spiritual and eternal.

Robert Capa

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Updated On : October 05, 2013
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