Photography Quotes

...words and pictures can work together to communicate more powerfully than either alone.

William Albert Allard

Sometimes you can tell a large story with a tiny subject.

Eliot Porter

It is not the language of painters but the language of nature which one should listen to. . . . The feeling for the things themselves, for reality, is more important than the feeling for pictures.

Vincent Van Gogh

Pictures you have taken have an influence on those that you are going to make. That's life!

John Sexton

You can find pictures anywhere. It's simply a matter of noticing things and organizing them. You just have to care about what's around you and have a concern with humanity and the human comedy.

Elliott Erwitt

Memory is very important, the memory of each photo taken, flowing at the same speed as the event. During the work, you have to be sure that you haven't left any holes, that you've captured everything, because afterwards it will be too late.

Henri Cartier Bresson

The difficulty with color is to go beyond the fact that it's color to have it be not just a colorful picture but really be a picture about something. It's difficult. So often color gets caught up in color, and it becomes merly decorative. Some photographers use it brilliantly to make visual statements combining color and content; otherwise it is empty.

Mary Ellen Mark

It is light that reveals, light that obscures, light that communicates. It is light I "listen" to. The light late in the day has a distinct quality, as it fades toward the darkness of evening. After sunset there is a gentle leaving of the light, the air begins to still, and a quiet descends. I see magic in the quiet light of dusk. I feel quiet, yet intense energy in the natural elements of our habitat. A sense of magic prevails. A sense of mystery. It is a time for contemplation, for listening - a time for making photographs.

John Sexton

I think the best pictures are often on the edges of any situation, I don't find photo- graphing the situation nearly as interesting as photographing the edges.

William Albert Allard

Photography is my passion.

Alfred Stieglitz

Once photography enters your bloodstream, it's like a disease.

Anon

Photography for me is not looking, it's feeling. If you can't feel what you're looking at, then you're never going to get others to feel anything when they look at your pictures.

Don McCullin

The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.

Dorothea Lange

Above all, I craved to seize the whole essence, in the confines of one single photograph, of some situation that was in the process of unrolling itself before my eyes.

Henri Cartier Bresson

Light glorifies everything. It transforms and ennobles the most commonplace and ordinary subjects. The object is nothing; light is everything.

Leonard Misonne

Of course, there will always be those who look only at technicque, who ask "how," while others of a more curious nature will ask "why." Personally, I have always preferred inspiration to information.

Man ray

No matter how slow the film, spirit always stands still long enough for the photographer it has chosen.

Minor White

Many pictures turn out to be limp translations of the known world instead of vital objects which create an intrinsic world of their own. There is a vast difference between taking a picture and making a photograph.

Robert Heinecken

The photograph isolates and perpetuates a moment of time: an important and revealing moment, or an unimportant and meaningless one, depending upon the photographer's understanding of his subject and mastery of his process.

Edward Weston

If you are not passionately devoted to an idea, you can make very pleasant pictures but they won't make you cry.

Ruth Bernhard

Photographs are perhaps the most mysterious of all the objects that make up, and thicken, the environment we recognize as modern. Photographs really are experience captured, and the camera is the ideal arm of consciousness in its acquisitive mood.

Susan Sontag

The two most engaging powers of a photographer are to make new things familiar and familiar things new.

W. Thackeray

The meaning of quality in photography's best pictures lies written in the language of vision. That language is learned by chance, not system.

Walker Evans

What I feel is that the picture-taking process, anyway a greater part of it, is an intuitive thing. You can't go out and logically plan a picture, but when you come back, reason then takes over and verifies or rejects whatever you've done. So that's why I say that reason and intuition are not in conflict--they strengthen each other.

Wynn Bullock

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Updated On : October 05, 2013
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