Photography Quotes

Quotes made by photographers or about photography or relevant to photographers.

But first…
The photographers serenity prayer
Let me have the grace to accept that which I cannot change,
The courage to change what can be changed,
and the wisdom not to push that slider “just a bit further”

If you know a good quote that is not included please send it to me.

One eye of the photographer looks wide open through the viewfinder, the other, the closed looks into his own soul.
Henri Cartier-Bresson

To be ready is one thing, to be able to wait is another; but to seize the right moment is everything.
Arthur Schnitzler

Make visible what, without you, might perhaps never have been seen.
Robert Bresson

I give the moment permanence.
Manuel Álvarez Bravo

To make the essence of man visible in the exposure is the highest art of photography.
Freidrich Durrenmatt

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

DSLR Don’t Shoot Lots of Rubbish!
Anon

Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.
Albert Einstein

Isn’t it amazing what so much money and so little ability can produce?
Robert Hughes, Art critic (on Damien Hirst)

“Sharpness is a bourgeois concept”
Henri Cartier Bresson

“Landscape photography is the supreme test of the photographer – and often the supreme disappointment.”
Ansel Adams

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

“There is a deeper thing to express–the return of humanity to some sort of balanced awareness of the natural things–some rocks and sky. We need a little earth to stand on and feel run through our fingers. Perhaps Photography can do this–I am going to try anyhow.”
Ansel Adams

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

Dawn is coming. Open your eyes. Look into the sun as the new days rise.
(Stay Alive, Jose Gonzalez from The Secret Life of Walter Mitty)

I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.
Douglas Adams

“If your pictures aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough.”
Robert Capa

“When you photograph people in colour, you photograph their clothes;
when you photograph them in black and white, you photograph their souls.”
Ted Grant

“If it’s more than 500 yards from the car, it isn’t photogenic.”
Edward Weston

To see color as form means looking at the image in a new way, trying
to free oneself from absorption in subject matter.
Cole Weston

Amateurs worry about gear, pros about money and artists worry about light.
Anon

“The greater the artist, the greater the doubt. Perfect confidence is given to the less talented as a consolation prize.”
Robert Hughes, art critic.

Truly there would be reason to go mad were it not for photography.
With acknowledgement to Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

It is an illusion that photos are made with the camera… they are made with the eye, heart and head.
Henri Cartier-Bresson

“A painter should begin every canvas with a wash of black, because all things in nature are dark except where exposed by the light.” Leonardo da Vinci

“Bokeh describes the look of the part of the image you can’t clearly see.”
Unknown

“Good art isn’t about what it looks like it’s how it makes you feel”
Vince Whiteman

The only difference between a rut and a grave is the depth.
Anon – No it’s not relevant to photography; it’s just relevant!

and – most important of all:

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

First in the queue
First in the queue
A welcome sign?
A welcome sign?

6 thoughts on “Photography Quotes”

  1. Like that you have put these quotes together so I know where to find them 🙂 Came over from Leanne Coles intro on you, Bill and finding your photography a breath of fresh air standing out in an over saturated field.

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      1. For some strange reason I couldn’t reply to your comment or even ‘like it’ on ‘Flair’ so thought I’d do it here just so you knew I’d seen it. I’m very bias when it comes to Flair so I entirely agree, she is a beautiful dog 🙂

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British Landscape Photographer – blog and news. Main website www.billallsopp.co.uk

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