72 Photography Quotes for Photographers by Famous Photographers

Photography is the process of capturing pictures with a camera and goes beyond the scope of a mere skill or talent. 

It develops into a passion that requires ongoing nurturing and advancement.

This art form enables us to capture moments in time so that we may revisit them and experience the feelings they elicit.

The scope of photography is broad, involving the capturing of a wide range of themes, from inanimate things to breathtaking locales, the huge sky, or the exquisite beauty of nature.

Each shot conveys a distinct tale that reflects the photographer’s point of view and interpretation.

A collection of 72 inspiring photography quotes has been created to keep the torch of photographic creativity burning bright.

The following quotes serve as a source of inspiration for both novice and seasoned photographers.

They capture the spirit of photography, inspiring artists to push their creative limits on a regular basis.

The goal is to stimulate a lifelong journey of learning, improving and producing increasingly engaging and emotionally evocative photographs.

Photography Quotes


Photography helps people to see. ~ Berenice Abbott.


The pictures are there, and you just take them. ~ Robert Capa.

Photography is a love affair with life. ~ Burk Uzzle.

A photographer is like a cod, which produces a million eggs in order that one may reach maturity. ~ George Bernard Shaw.

If your photos aren’t good enough, then you’re not close enough. ~ Robert Capa.

The negative is the equivalent of the composer’s score and the print the performance. ~ Ansel Adams.

Photography, to me, is catching a moment which is passing, and which is true. ~ Jacques-Henri Lartigue.

You don’t take a photograph, you make it. ~ Ansel Adams.

One advantage of photography is that it’s visual and can transcend language. ~ Lisa Kristine.

A photograph is a moral decision taken in one eighth of a second. ~ Salman Rushdie.


Photography is truth. The cinema is truth twenty-four times per second. ~ Jean-Luc Godard.

There is only you and your camera. The limitations in your photography are in yourself, for what we see is what we are. ~ Ernst Haas.

In photography, there are no shadows that cannot be illuminated. ~ August Sander.

Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever… It remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything. ~ Aaron Siskind.

Photography is truth. ~ Jean-Luc Godard.


Life is like photography. You need the negatives to develop. ~ Ziad K. Abdelnour.

Photography has been my way of bearing witness to the joy I find in seeing the extraordinary in ordinary. ~ Harold Feinstein.

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Best Photography Quotes

There is one thing the photo must contain – the humanity of the moment. ~ Robert Frank.

What makes photography a strange invention is that its primary raw materials are time and light. ~ John Berger.

It is more important to click with people than to click the shutter. ~ Alfred Eisenstaedt.

We are making photographs to understand what our lives mean to us. ~ Ralph Hattersley.

Photography is the simplest thing in the world, but it is incredibly complicated to make it really work. ~ Martin Parr.


Photography is all about secrets. The secrets we all have and will never tell. ~ Kim Edwards.

When I have a camera in my hand, I know no fear. ~ Alfred Eisenstaedt.

In photography there is a reality so subtle that it becomes more real than reality. ~ Alfred Stieglitz.

In the world of photography, you get to share a captured moment with other people. ~ James Wilson.

If you want to be a better photographer, stand in front of more interesting stuff. ~ Jim Richardson.

If you are out there shooting, things will happen for you. If you’re not out there, you’ll only hear about it. ~ Jay Maisel.

Famous Photography Quotes

Photography has nothing to do with cameras. ~ Lucas Gentry.

Light makes photography. Embrace light. Admire it. Love it. But above all, know light. Know it for all you are worth, and you will know the key to photography. ~ George Eastman.


Photography is the story I fail to put into words. ~ Destin Sparks.

A portrait is not made in the camera but on either side of it. ~ Edward Steichen.

The biggest cliché in photography is sunrise and sunset. ~ Catherine Opie.

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

It’s one thing to make a picture of what a person looks like, it’s another thing to make a portrait of who they are. ~ Paul Caponigro.


Photography is an austere and blazing poetry of the real. ~ Ansel Adams.

To the complaint, ‘There are no people in these photographs,’ I respond, There are always two people: the photographer and the viewer. ~ Ansel Adams.

The best thing about a picture is that it never changes, even when the people in it do. ~ Andy Warhol.

The art of photography is all about directing the attention of the viewer. ~ Steven Pinker.

When I photograph I make love. ~ Alfred Stieglitz.

Your photography is a record of your living, for anyone who really sees. ~ Paul Strand.

The whole nature of photography has changed with the advent of a camera in everybody’s hand. ~ Sally Mann.


Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst. ~ Henri Cartier-Bresson.

Photography is pretty simple stuff. You just react to what you see, and take many, many pictures. ~ Elliott Erwitt.

My camera is my passport. ~ Steve McCurry.

Photography can only represent the present. Once photographed, the subject becomes part of the past. ~ Berenice Abbott.

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

To me, photography is about finding something interesting in an ordinary place. I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them. ~ Elliott Erwitt.


Photography is an immediate reaction, drawing is a meditation. ~ Henri Cartier-Bresson.

A thing that you see in my pictures is that I was not afraid to fall in love with these people. ~ Annie Leibovitz.

Today everything exists to end in a photograph. ~ Susan Sontag.

Top Photography Quotes

To me, photography must suggest, not insist or explain. ~ Brassai.

A picture is a secret about a secret, the more it tells you the less you know. ~ Diane Arbus.

To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place… ~ Eliott Erwitt.

It’s amazing how photography can capture just a split second of something exquisite. ~ Kiera Cass.

The camera sees more than the eye, so why not make use of it? ~ Edward Weston.


Photography is a reality so subtle that it becomes more real than reality. ~ Alfred Stieglitz.

A good snapshot keeps a moment from running away. ~ Eudora Welty.

Taking pictures is like tiptoeing into the kitchen late at night and stealing Oreo cookies. ~ Diane Arbus.

Great photography is about depth of feeling, not depth of field. ~ Peter Adams.

Powerful Photography Quotes

You don’t make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved. ~ Ansel Adams.

To me, photography is the simultaneous recognition, in a fraction of a second, of the significance of an event. ~ Henri Cartier-Bresson.

When you photograph people in color, you photograph their clothes. But when you photograph people in black and white, you photograph their souls! ~ Ted Grant.

What I like about photographs is that they capture a moment that’s gone forever, impossible to reproduce. ~ Karl Lagerfeld.

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


Photography is the art of making memories tangible. ~ Destin Sparks.

Photography is about finding out what can happen in the frame. When you put four edges around some facts, you change those facts. ~ Garry Winogrand.

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

Photography is an itch that won’t go away. No matter how much you scratch it. ~ Dara McGrath.

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