“There is one thing the photograph must contain, the humanity of the moment.”— Robert Frank. Here are 50 Top Photography Quotes.

Photography Quotes

1.“Photography is the story I fail to put into words.” — Destin Sparks

2.“When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.” — Ansel Adams

3.“In photography there is a reality so subtle that it becomes more real than reality.” — Alfred Stieglitz

4.“There is one thing the photograph must contain, the humanity of the moment.”— Robert Frank

5.“Taking an image, freezing a moment, reveals how rich reality truly is.”— Unknown

6.“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

7.“We are making photographs to understand what our lives mean to us.”— Annie Leibovitz

8.“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

9.“A portrait is not made in the camera but on either side of it.” — Edward Steichen

10.“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

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

12.“To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s 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 Quotes

13.“The picture that you took with your camera is the imagination you want to create with reality.” — Scott Lorenzo

14.“If the photographer is interested in the people in front of his lens, and if he is compassionate, it’s already a lot. The instrument is not the camera but the photographer”—  Eve Arnold

15.“The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.”— Dorothea Lange

16.“Essentially what photography is is life lit up.” — Sam Abell

17.“I don’t trust words. I trust pictures.” — Gilles Peress

18.“I really believe there are things nobody would see if I didn’t photograph them.”— Diane Arbus

19.“Taking pictures is savoring life intensely, every hundredth of a second.”— Marc Riboud

20.“Once you learn to care, you can record images with your mind or on film. There is no difference between the two.” — Unknown

21.“Photography is truth.” — Jean-Luc Godard

22.“The camera makes you forget you’re there. It’s not like you are hiding but you forget, you are just looking so much.” — Annie Leibovitz

23.“If you see something that moves you, and then snap it, you keep a moment.”— Linda McCartney

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

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Photography Quotes

25.“A photograph is a secret about a secret. The more it tells you the less you know.” — Diane Arbus

26.“The whole point of taking pictures is so that you don’t have to explain things with words.” — Elliott Erwitt

27.“One doesn’t stop seeing. One doesn’t stop framing. It doesn’t turn off and turn on. It’s on all the time.” — Annie Leibovitz

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

29.“A good photograph is one that communicates a fact, touches the heart and leaves the viewer a changed person for having seen it. It is, in a word, effective.”— Irving Penn

30.“Beauty can be seen in all things, seeing and composing the beauty is what separates the snapshot from the photograph.” — Matt Hardy

31.“For me, the subject of the picture is always more important than the picture.”― Diane arbus

32.“You don’t take a photograph, you make it.” — Ansel Adams

33.“When people ask me what equipment I use – I tell them my eyes.”— Unknown

34.“I wish that all of nature’s magnificence, the emotion of the land, the living energy of place could be photographed.” — Annie Leibovitz

35.“I never have taken a picture I’ve intended. They’re always better or worse.”— Diane Arbus

36.“All photographs are accurate. None of them is the truth.” — Richard Avedon

Photography Quotes

37.“Today everything exists to end in a photograph.” — Susan Sontag

38.“I think good dreaming is what leads to good photographs.” — Wayne Miller

39.“I love the people I photograph. I mean, they’re my friends. I’ve never met most of them or I don’t know them at all, yet through my images, I live with them.”— Bruce Gilden

40.“If you want to be a better photographer, stand in front of more interesting stuff.” — Jim Richardson

41.“When I say I want to photograph someone, what it really means is that I’d like to know them. Anyone I know I photograph.” — Annie Leibovitz

42.“My life is shaped by the urgent need to wander and observe, and my camera is my passport.” — Steve McCurry

43.“Look and think before opening the shutter. The heart and mind are the true lens of the camera.” — Yousuf Karsh

44.“The camera is an excuse to be someplace you otherwise don’t belong. It gives me both a point of connection and a point of separation.” — Susan Meiselas

45.“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

46.“It is more important to click with people than to click the shutter.”— Alfred Eisenstaedt

47.“I like to photograph anyone before they know what their best angles are.” — Ellen Von Unwerth

48.“Great photography is about depth of feeling, not depth of field.”— Peter Adams

49.“Only photograph what you love.” — Tim Walker

50.“In photography there are no shadows that cannot be illuminated.”—August Sander

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