Photography Quotes

"Seeing is not enough; you have to feel what you photograph."

Andre Kertesz

“Colour is everything, black and white is more.”

Dominic Rouse

"I believe Photoshop is in some way the contemporary darkroom, the creative area that all photographers have available today."

Douglas Kirkland

“A landscape image cuts across all political and national boundaries, it transcends the constraints of language and culture.”

Charlie Waite

"The camera can photograph thought."

Dirk Bogarde

"There will be times when you will be in the field without a camera. And, you will see the most glorious sunset or the most beautiful scene that you have ever witnessed. Don't be bitter because you can't record it. Sit down, drink it in, and enjoy it for what it is!"


“To see in color is a delight for the eye but to see in black and white is a delight for the soul.”

Andri Cauldwell

"The pictures are there, and you just take them."

Robert Capa

"Only photograph what you love."

Tim Walker

"Photography is a tough life: you can be taken, framed, exposed, shot, captured, and hung all in the same day."


“There’s something strange and powerful about black-and-white imagery.”

Stefan Kanfer

“Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst.”

Henri Cartier-Bresson

"The eye should learn to listen before it looks."

Robert Frank

"To consult the rules of composition before making a picture is a little like consulting the law of gravitation before going for a walk."

Edward Weston

"Be yourself. I much prefer seeing something, even it is clumsy, that doesn’t look like somebody else’s work."

William Klein

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

Ernst Haas


“Black and white is abstract; color is not. Looking at a black and white photograph, you are already looking at a strange world.”

Joel Sternfeld

"There is one thing the photograph must contain, the humanity of the moment."

Robert Frank

"Great photography is about depth of feeling, not depth of field."

Peter Adams

"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

"To know ahead of time what you’re looking for means you’re then only photographing your own preconceptions, which is very limiting, and often false."

Dorothea Lange

"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

"The digital camera is a great invention because it allows us to reminisce. Instantly."

Demetri Martin

"If Photoshop is the answer, you're asking the wrong question"

Dean Farrell

"Maybe black and white is the best medium for landscapes, I don't know."

Fay Godwin

"Wherever there is light, one can photograph."

Alfred Stieglitz

"Look and think before opening the shutter. The heart and mind are the true lens of the camera."

Yousuf Karsh

"Photographers mistake the emotion they feel while taking the photo as a judgment that the photograph is good."

Garry Winogrand

"It is more important to click with people than to click the shutter."

Alfred Eisenstaedt

"The best images are the ones that retain their strength and impact over the years, regardless of the number of times they are viewed."

Anne Geddes

"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

"There is a creative fraction of a second when you are taking a picture. Your eye must see a composition or an expression that life itself offers you, and you must know with intuition when to click the camera. That is the moment the photographer is creative. Oop! The Moment! Once you miss it, it is gone forever."

Henri Cartier-Bresson

"One should really use the camera as though tomorrow you’d be stricken blind."

Dorothea Lange

"It’s about reacting to what you see, hopefully without preconception. You can find pictures anywhere. It’s simply a matter of noticing things and organising them. You just have to care about what’s around you and have a concern with humanity and the human comedy."

Elliott Erwitt

"When you photograph people in colour you photograph their clothes. But when you photograph people in B&W, you photograph their souls!"

Ted Grant

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