My life is shaped by the urgent need to wander and observe, and my camera is my passport.— Steve McCurry
Pleasurable Great Photography quotations
You can look at a picture for a week and never think of it again.
You can also look at the picture for a second and think of it all your life.
The whole point of taking pictures is so that you don't have to explain things with words.
The best images are the ones that retain their strength and impact over the years, regardless of the number of times they are viewed.
The best thing about a picture is that it never changes, even when the people in it do.
Photographs open doors into the past, but they also alloq a look into the future
In photography, the smallest thing can be a great subject.
The little, human detail can become a Leitmotiv.
Photography is a way of shouting, of freeing oneself, not of proving or asserting one's own originality. It's a way of life.
Kodak sells film, but they don't advertise film; they advertise memories.
Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving.
Beauty can be seen in all things, seeing and composing the beauty is what separates the snapshot from the photograph.
The single most important component of a camera is the twelve inches behind it!
A lot of photographers think that if they buy a better camera they'll be able to take better photographs. A better camera won't do a thing for you if you don't have anything in your head or in your heart.
For me, documentary photography has always come with great responsibility.
Not just to tell the story honestly and with empathy, but also to make sure the right people hear it. When you photograph somebody who is in pain or discomfort, they trust you to make sure the images will act as their advocate.
If you are out there shooting, things will happen for you.
If you're not out there, you'll only hear about it.
The important thing is not the camera but the eye.
Don't shoot what it looks like. Shoot what it feels like.
It's seldom you make a great picture.
you have to milk the cow quite a lot to get plenty of milk to make a little cheese.
I think people just see cinematography as being about photography and innovative shots and beautiful lighting. We all want our movies to look great visually, to be beguiling and enticing, but I think that what really defines a great cinematographer is one who loves story.
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.
Only photograph what you love.
The list of photographs that I am missing while I sit on airport runways, teach classes or spend hours in the studio makes my head spin. It's almost as if I can actually sense all the great pictures that I'm missing at a given moment. It's times like those that remind me to be very productive when I do get behind-the-camera time.
The camera can photograph thought.
A face is a road map of someone's life.
Without any need to amplify that or draw attention to it, there's a great deal that's communicated about who this person is and what their life experiences have been.
Travel is very subjective. What one person loves, another loathes.
A portrait is not made in the camera but on either side of it.
You know, my parents have always been incredibly supportive.
I'm an only child, so we're very close. There's just the three of us. They're exceptional parents but also great friends. My father was able to take his hobby, photography, and turn it into a beautiful career. So when they saw how much I loved acting, they were 100 percent behind me.
When people look at my pictures I want them to feel the way they do when they want to read a line of a poem twice.
Nothing happens when you sit at home.
I always make it a point to carry a camera with me at all times...I just shoot at what interests me at that moment.
There is one voyage, the first, the last, the only one.
But I was, and still am, an avid reader and so when I first started I chose to photograph many of the great writers in this country to try and earn a living.
The eye traffics in feelings, not in thoughts.
Great photography is always on the edge of failure.
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.