Photography Quotes

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

Unknown

A photograph is memory in the raw

Carrie Latet

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

Tony Benn

The camera cannot lie, but it can be an accessory to untruth.

Harold Evans

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

Unknown

A photograph is a portrait painted by the sun

Unknown

Photography to me is catching a moment which is passing, and which is true

Jacques-Henri Lartigue

Think photographs should be provocative and not tell you what you already know. It takes no great powers or magic to reproduce somebody's face in a photograph. The magic is in seeing people in new ways

Duane Michals

For me, photographs take their power from memory and emotion. A picture tells its own story, shaped by the mood or insights of the person you are at the time you see it. It becomes layered with the past and the present. It need not be of people you k

Unknown

Photography has the capacity to provide images of man and his environment that are both works of art and moments in history

Cornell Capa

My own eyes are no more than scouts on a preliminary search, for the camera's eye may entirely change my idea.

Edward Weston

Now to consult the rules of composition before making a picture is a little like consulting the law of gravitation before going for a walk. Such rules and laws are deduced from the accomplished fact; they are the products of reflection . . .

Edward Weston

A good picture is equivalent to a good deed.

Vincent Van Gogh

A mad, keen photographer needs to get out into the world and work and make mistakes.

Sam Abell

When subject matter is forced to fit into preconceived patterns, there can be no freshness of vision.

Edward Weston

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

Unknown

Perishability in a photograph is important in a picture. If a photograph looks perishable we say, "Gee, I'm glad I have that moment."

John Loengard

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.

John Berger

Perishability in a photograph is important in a picture. If a photograph looks perishable we say, "Gee, I"m glad I have that moment.

John Loengard

Photography, fortunately, to me has not only been a profession but also a contact between people - to understand human nature and record, if possible, the best in each individual.

Nickolas Muray

This is a perfect world I'm riding on an incline I'm staring in your face You'll photograph mine

Roland Barthes

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

Man Ray

Very often people looking at my pictures say, 'You must have had to wait a long time to get that cloud just right (or that shadow, or the light).' As a matter of fact, I almost never wait, that is, unless I can see that the thing will be right in a few minutes. But if I must wait an hour for the shadow to move, or the light to change, or the cow to graze in the other direction, then I put up my camera and go on, knowing that I am likely to find three subjects just as good in the same hour.

Edward Weston

So-called "realist" photography does not capture the "what is." Instead, it is preoccupied with what should not be, like the reality of suffering for example.

Jean Baudrillard

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Updated On : October 05, 2013
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