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Photography quotes and quotations

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

The charm, one might say the genius, of memory is that it is choosy, chancy and temperamental; it rejects the edifying cathedral and indelibly photographs the small boy outside, chewing a hunk of melon in the dust.
Elizabeth Bowen

I always thought of photography as a naughty thing to do -- that was one of my favorite things about it, and when I first did it, I felt very perverse.
Diane Arbus

If the man who paints only the tree, or flower, or other surface he sees before him were an artist, the king of artists would be the photographer. It is for the artist to do something beyond this.
James Mcneill Whistler

Best wide-angle lens? Two steps backward. Look for the 'ah-ha'.
Ernst Haas

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

Photographers deal in things which are continually vanishing and when they have vanished there is no contrivance on earth which can make them come back again.
Henri Cartier Bresson

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

You know what a camera is? A mirror with memory.
Author Unknown

Photography to the amateur is recreation, to the professional it is work, and hard work too, no matter how pleasurable it my be.
Edward Weston

When photography was invented it was thought to be an equivalent to truth, it was truth with a capital "T".
Vicki Goldberg

No matter how advanced your camera you still need to be responsible for getting it to the right place at the right time and pointing it in the right direction to get the photo you want.
Ken Rockwell

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 virtue of the camera is not the power it has to transform the photographer into an artist, but the impulse it gives him to keep on looking.
Brooks Anderson

A photograph is neither taken nor seized by force. It offers itself up. It is the photo that takes you. One must not take photos.
Henri Cartier-Bresson

Photography can never grow up if it imitates some other medium. It has to walk alone; it has to be itself.
Berenice Abbott

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

Photography, as a powerful medium of expression and communications, offers an infinite variety of perception, interpretation and execution.
Ansel Adams

Photography records the gamut of feelings written on the human face, the beauty of the earth and skies that man has inherited and the wealth and confusion man has created.
Edward Steichen

Unlike any other visual image, a photograph is not a rendering, an imitation or an interpretation of its subject, but actually a trace of it. No painting or drawing, however naturalist, belongs to its subject in the way that a photograph does.
John Berger

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

Photography is a major force in explaining man to man.
Edward Steichen

I love the medium of photography, for with its unique realism it gives me the power to go beyond conventional ways of seeing and understanding and say, "This is real, too."
Wynn Bullock

No matter how slow the film, Spirit always stands still long enough for the photographer It has chosen.
Minor White

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

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

I took to photography like a duck to water. I never wanted to do anything else. Excitement about the subject is the voltage which pushes me over the mountain of drudgery necessary to produce the final photograph.
Berenice Abbott

Where there is perhaps a province in which the photograph can tell us nothing more than what we see with our own eyes, there is another in which it proves to us how little our eyes permit us ro see.
Dorthea Lange

Not everybody trusts paintings but people believe photographs.
Ansel Adams

To manipulate an image is to control a people
Carolyn Gerard

It takes a lot of imagination to be a good photographer. You need less imagination to be a painter, because you can invent things. But in photography everything is so ordinary; it takes a lot of looking before you learn to see the ordinary.
David Bailey

The Equipment you'll leave at home, you'll need the most. You're always out of film when you'll have the best opportunity.
Murphy's Rules

Photography is truth. And cinema is truth twenty-four times a second.
Jean-Luc Godard

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

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