185 Photograph Quotes To Inspire You

Following is our list of photograph quotations and slogans full of insightful wisdom and perspective about beautiful photography.

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The Most Famous Photograph Quotes (Best in 2024)

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Photograph: a picture painted by the sun without instruction in art. — Ambrose Bierce

Photography can only represent the present. Once photographed, the subject becomes part of the past. — Berenice Abbott

Photography speaks a universal language that does not need translation, and with an immediacy that the written word lacks. It freezes a moment in time, leaving an indelible image. — Bianca Jagger

Wherever there is light, one can photograph. — Alfred Stieglitz

The photograph is an undeniably powerful medium. Free from the constraints of language, and harnessing the unique qualities of a single moment frozen in time. — Steve McCurry

Every other artist begins with a blank canvas, a piece of paper the photographer begins with the finished product. — Edward Steichen

Photographs open doors into the past, but they also alloq a look into the future — Sally Mann

I photograph to find out what something will look like photographed. — Garry Winogrand

Photography has every right and every merit to claim our attention as the art of our age. — Alexander Rodchenko

A photograph it a souvenir of a memory. It is not a moment. It is the looking at the photograph that becomes the moment. Your own moment. — David Levithan

Short Photograph Quotes

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  • In the blur of the photograph, time leaves its gleaming, snail-like track. — Wright Morris
  • A window covered with raindrops interests me more than a photograph of a famous person. — Saul Leiter
  • I am forever chasing light. Light turns the ordinary into the magical. — Trent Parke
  • If I knew how to take a good photograph, I'd do it every time. — Robert Doisneau
  • My life is shaped by the urgent need to wander and observe, and my camera is my passport. — Steve McCurry
  • If you want to be a photographer, first leave home — Steve McCurry
  • Which of my photographs is my favorite? The one I'm going to take tomorrow. — Imogen Cunningham
  • The whole point of taking pictures is so that you don't have to explain things with words. — Elliott Erwitt
  • If it makes you laugh, if it makes you cry, if it rips out your heart, that's a good picture. — Eddie Adams
  • It's more important for a photographer to have very good shoes, than to have a very good camera — Sebastiao Salgado

Top 10 Photograph Quotes

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In the blur of the photograph, time leaves its gleaming, snail-like track. — Wright Morris

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

A window covered with raindrops interests me more than a photograph of a famous person. — Saul Leiter

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I am forever chasing light. Light turns the ordinary into the magical. — Trent Parke

You only get one sunrise and one sunset a day, and you only get so many days on the planet. A good photographer does the math and doesn't waste either. — Galen Rowell

I used to think that I could never lose anyone if I photographed them enough. In fact, my pictures show me how much I’ve lost. — Nan Goldin

You don't make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved. — Ansel Adams

I like to make people a little uncomfortable. It encourages them to examine who they are and why they think the way they do. — Sally Mann

I ask people why they have deer heads on their walls. They always say because it's such a beautiful animal. There you go. I think my mother is attractive, but I have photographs of her. — Ellen DeGeneres

Wherever there is light, one can photograph. — Alfred Stieglitz

Photograph Image Quotes

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Photograph quote by Wright Morris

In the blur of the photograph, time leaves its gleaming, snail-like track. — Wright Morris

Photograph quote by Trent Parke

I am forever chasing light. Light turns the ordinary into the magical. — Trent Parke

Photograph quote by Robert Doisneau

If I knew how to take a good photograph, I'd do it every time. — Robert Doisneau

Photograph quote by Steve McCurry

If you want to be a photographer, first leave home — Steve McCurry

Photograph quote by Helmut Newton

My job as a portrait photographer is to seduce, amuse and entertain. — Helmut Newton

Photograph quote by Richard Avedon

My portraits are more about me than they are about the people I photograph. — Richard Avedon

Photograph quote by Eugene Atget

A good photograph is like a good hound dog, dumb, but eloquent. — Eugene Atget

Photograph quote by Ansel Adams

Not everybody trusts paintings but people believe photographs. — Ansel Adams

Photograph quote by Richard Avedon

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

Photograph quote by Edward Weston

Anything more than 500 yards from the car just isn't photogenic. — Edward Weston

Photograph quote by Ansel Adams

The single most important component of a camera is the twelve inches behind it! — Ansel Adams

Photograph quote by Ansel Adams

A true photograph need not be explained, nor can it be contained in words. — Ansel Adams

Photograph quote by Aaron Siskind

Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. — Aaron Siskind

Photograph quote by Henri Cartier-Bresson

Oop! The Moment! Once you miss it, it is gone forever. — Henri Cartier-Bresson

Photograph quote by Berenice Abbott

I didn't decide to be a photographer; I just happened to fall into it. — Berenice Abbott

Photograph quote by Nafisa Joseph

I love being photographed, I love the ramp. — Nafisa Joseph

Photograph quote by Bruno Barbey

Photography is the only language that can be understood anywhere in the world. — Bruno Barbey

Photograph quote by Henri Cartier-Bresson

You just have to live and life will give you pictures. — Henri Cartier-Bresson

Photograph quote by Lisette Model

Photography is the easiest art, which perhaps makes it the hardest. — Lisette Model

Photograph quote A photograph is the  pause button of life.
A photograph is the pause button of life.

Good Photography Quotes

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I hate good taste. It's the worst thing that can happen to a creative person. — Helmut Newton

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 extraordinary. — David Bailey

Nowadays, with digital printing, it's so easy to make everything perfect, which is not always a good idea. Sometimes the mistakes are really what make a piece. — Cindy Sherman

Photograph quote I can get obsessed by anything if I look at it long enough. That's the curse of
I can get obsessed by anything if I look at it long enough. That's the curse of being a photographer.

There is 3 key things for good photography: the camera,lighting and... Photoshop — Tyra Banks

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A good photograph is like a good hound dog, dumb, but eloquent. — Eugene Atget

There are two dirty words in photography, one is art, the other is good taste — Helmut Newton

Photograph quote No matter how sophisticated the camera, the photographer is still the one that m
No matter how sophisticated the camera, the photographer is still the one that makes the picture.

There is one thing the photograph must contain, the humanity of the moment. This kind of photography is realism. But realism is not enough - there has to be vision, and the two together can make a good photograph. — Robert Frank

Never stop looking, no matter where you are, everywhere there are good photographs — Art Wolfe

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Science strives for answers, but art is happy with a good question. — James Turrell

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

Beautiful Photography Quotes

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My pictures must first be beautiful, but that beauty is not enough. I strive to convey an underlying edge of anxiety, of isolation, of fear. — Gregory Crewdson

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

The human body is first and foremost a mirror to the soul and its greatest beauty comes from that. — Auguste Rodin

The beautiful part of the cloud is, you know, it’s unlimited capacity, in theory. — Eric Yuan

The world is full of beauty, you are the greatest proof of this. — Matshona Dhliwayo

If you are out there shooting, things will happen for you. If you're not out there, you'll only hear about it. — Jay Maisel

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. It is a major force in explaining man to man. — Edward Steichen

The beauty of women was the first expression of my photography. — Alberto Korda

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. — Seamus McGarvey

I like taking photographs, because I like life. And I like photographing people best of all, because most of all I love humanity. — Horst P. Horst

Photography By Photographers Quotes

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

I can get obsessed by anything if i look at it long enough. That's the curse of being a photographer. — Irving Penn

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Anything more than 500 yards from the car just isn't photogenic. — Edward Weston

For me, the camera is a sketch book, an instrument of intuition and spontaneity. — Henri Cartier-Bresson

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

Be yourself. I much prefer seeing something, even it is clumsy, that doesn't look like somebody else's work. — William Klein

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

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

And if a day goes by without my doing something related to photography, it's as though I've neglected something essential to my existence, as though I had forgotten to wake up. I know that the accident of my being a photographer has made my life possible. — Richard Avedon

Taking Photograph Quotes

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I don’t have a philosophy. I have a camera. I look into the camera and take pictures. My photographs are the tiniest part of what I see that could be photographed. They are fragments of endless possibilities. — Saul Leiter

I want to take some quite incredible photographs that have never been taken before... pictures which are simple and complex at the same time, which will amaze and overwhelm people ... I must achieve this so that photography can begin to be considered a form of art. — Alexander Rodchenko

Everyone has a point of view. Some people call it style, but what we're really talking about is the guts of a photograph. When you trust your point of view, that's when you start taking pictures. — Annie Leibovitz

Look, I'm not an intellectual - I just take pictures. — Helmut Newton

Taking pictures is like tiptoeing into the kitchen late at night and stealing Oreo cookies. — Diane Arbus

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. — Arnold Newman

America is the most inventive country in the world. Why? Because everybody has access to information. In the Soviet Union it was illegal to take a photograph of a train station. Look what happened to them. — Tom Clancy

To take photographs means to recognize - simultaneously and within a fraction of a second - both the fact itself and the rigorous organization of visually perceived forms that give it meaning. It is putting one's head, one's eye and one's heart on the same axis. — Henri Cartier-Bresson

To take a photograph is to participate in another person's mortality, vulnerability, mutability. Precisely by slicing out this moment and freezing it, all photographs testify to time's relentless melt. — Susan Sontag

The next night he asked Jonah if he could take $9.49 out of Jonah's secret stash that only Danny and his mum and Jack knew about. Jonah kept it in his sock drawer next to a photograph of Jonah and a girl with sad eyes, taken in one of those railway station photo booths. — Melina Marchetta

Good Photographer Quotes

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One of the things my career as an artist might say to young artists is: The things that are close to you are the things you can photograph the best. And unless you photograph what you love, you are not going to make good art. — Sally Mann

You have to do stuff that average people don't understand because those are the only good things. — Andy Warhol

We think of photography as pictures. And it is. But I think of photography as ideas. And do the pictures sustain your ideas or are they just good pictures? I want to have an experience in the world that is a deepening experience, that makes me feel alive and awake and conscious. — Joel Meyerowitz

There is no recipe for good layout, what must be maintained is a feeling of change and contrast. A layout man should be simple with good photographs. He should perform acrobatics when the pictures are bad. — Alexey Brodovitch

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

Photographers mistake the emotion they feel while taking the photo as a judgment that the photograph is good — Garry Winogrand

Photography is like making cheese. It takes a hell of a lot of milk to make a small amount of cheese just like it takes a hell of a lot of photos to get a good one. — Robert Gillis

A good photograph is knowing where to stand. — Ansel Adams

Unless you photograph what you love, you're not going to make good art. — Sally Mann

If I’d only known which [photographs] would be very good and liked, I wouldn’t have had to do all the thousands of others. — Saul Leiter

Photographic Memory Quotes

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I always thought if I photographed anyone or anything enough, I would never lose the person, I would never lose the memory, I would never lose the place. But the pictures show me how much I've lost. — Nan Goldin

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 Barrett Browning

If at first you don't succeed, destroy all evidence that you tried. — Steven Wright

To me photography can be simultaneously both a record and a mirror or window of self-expression the camera is generally assumed to be unable to depict that which is not visible to the eye and yet, the photographer who wields it well can depict what lies unseen in his memory. — Eikoh Hosoe

Photography is like a found object. A photographer never makes an actual subject; they just steal the image from the world... Photography is a system of saving memories. It's a time machine, in a way, to preserve the memory, to preserve time. — Hiroshi Sugimoto

Like an old photograph, time can make a feeling fade, but the memory of a first love never fades away. — Tim McGraw

I have a photographic memory; I just haven't developed it yet. — Jonathan Winters

Everyone has a photographic Memory, some just don't have film. — Steven Wright

The sense of smell can be extraordinarily evocative, bringing back pictures as sharp as photographs of scenes that had left the conscious mind. — Thalassa Cruso

One has the impression that something is stirring inside [photographs] - it is as if one can hear little cries of despair, gémissements de désespoir... as if the photographs themselves had a memory and were remembering us and how we, the surviving, and those who preceded us, once were. — W. G. Sebald

Old Photographs Quotes

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I know these will become old stories someday and our pictures will become old photographs and we'll all become somebody's Mom or Dad, but right now, these moments are not stories. This is happening and I'm here. — Logan Lerman

What is a portrait good for, unless it shows just how the subject was seen by the painter? In the old days before photography came in a sitter had a perfect right to say to the artist: "Paint me just as I am." Now if he wishes absolute fidelity he can go to the photographer and get it. — Aubrey Beardsley

If you're going to photograph skateboarders you can't run after them, you've got to learn how to skate. So at about 50 years old I learned how to skate, and skate fast enough to keep up with them and hold my camera. — Larry Clark

The key is to photograph your obsessions, whether that’s old people’s hands or skyscrapers. Think of a blank canvas, because that’s what you’ve got, and then think about what you want to see. Not anyone else. — David LaChapelle

Old pictures look very rugged and young, and the people in the photographs always seem a lot happier than you are. — Stephen Chbosky

I became an adult in an extreme way. I was recently sorting some old photographs and I found another. — Robert Smith

I had already done a lot of research for Rough Riders, keeping notebooks and old photographs. Some of the books were antiques for that time period, with the covers falling off. — Tom Berenger

A shudder runs through the viewer of old photographs. For they make visible not the knowledge of the original but the spatial configuration of a moment; what appears in the photograph is not the person but the sum of what can be subtracted from him or her. — Siegfried Kracauer

Soon I will be an old, white-haired lady, into whose lap someone places a baby, saying, "Smile, Grandma!" - I, who myself so recently was photographed on my grandmother's lap. — Liv Ullmann

I don't trust photographers. I'm now a relaxed, contented 60 year-old, but look at my pictures and you see a crazy, bug-eyed serial killer. — Richard Ingrams

Professional Photographer Quotes

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Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. — Aaron Siskind

If I am at a party, I want to be at the party. Too many photographers use the camera to avoid participating in things. They become professional observers. — Robert Mapplethorpe

I think not being a professional photographer was actually a blessing, because it allowed me to shoot things professional photographers wouldn't shoot, or wouldn't try or attempt to shoot without lights. So I did all my stuff natural and without lights. — Dennis Hopper

Let me here call attention to one of the most universally popular mistakes that have to do with photography - that of classing supposedly excellent work as professional, and using the term amateur to convey the idea of immature productions and to excuse atrociously poor photographs. — Alfred Stieglitz

There's nothing worse than a brilliant beginning. — Pablo Picasso

It pleases me to take amateur photographs of my garden, and it pleases my garden to make my photographs look professional. — Robert Breault

Every photograph that is made whether by one who considers himself a professional, or by the tourist who points his snapshot camera and pushes a button, is a response to the exterior world, to something perceived outside himself by the person who operates the camera. — Eliot Porter

Thus, during the winter of 2003 I ventured into a new arena as a professional photographer. — Janine Turner

I am a professional photographer by trade and an amateur photographer by vocation. — Elliott Erwitt

As a professional photographer I take photographs for other people to see - but I want them to see what I see. So I never assume that only a few people will appreciate what I do. At all times, the public should be able to understand what I've done, even if they don't understand how I've done it. — Elliott Erwitt

Photo Quotes

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Graffiti doesn't exist unless someone got a photo, because it's gone immediately. — Jeffrey Deitch

You are not defined by an Instagram photo, by a 'Like,' by a comment. That does not define you. — Selena Gomez

In France we have a law which doesn't allow the press to publish a photo that you didn't approve. It lets the paparazzi take the picture, but if they publish this picture, you have the choice to sue the newspaper. So me, I always sued them. — Audrey Tautou

As funny as some photos can be, think twice about allowing yourself to be tagged in questionable photos. — Lewis Howes

The purpose of all my photos is to capture the power of nature and convey it in a way that inspires someone to feel passionate and connected to the image. — Peter Lik

I'm such a jerk; it had never occurred to me that when we look at a photo from the front, the eyes reproduce exactly the position and the vision of the lens; it's these things that are taken for granted and it never occurs to anyone to think about them. — Julio Cortazar

Ever since that day when I was 11 years old, and I wasn't allowed in a photo because I wasn't wearing a tennis skirt, I knew that I wanted to change the sport. — Billie Jean King

When you photograph people in color you photograph their clothes. When you photograph people in black and white, you photograph their soul! — Ted Grant

I wanted to highlight the destruction in Gaza by posting photos on my website - but on the internet, people only look at pictures of kittens. — Banksy

Very often I say to myself: I would like to make a photo where nothing happens. But in order to eliminate, there has to be something to begin with. For nothing to happen, something has to happen first. — Sarah Moon

Photography Quotes

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Life is like photography. You need the negatives to develop. — Ziad K. Abdelnour

Only photography has been able to divide human life into a series of moments, each of them has the value of a complete existence. — Eadweard Muybridge

I'm not an abstractionist. I'm not interested in the relationship of color or form or anything else. I'm interested only in expressing basic human emotions: tragedy, ecstasy, doom, and so on. — Mark Rothko

The biggest cliche in Photography is Sunrise and Sunset. — Catherine Opie

The body says what words cannot. — Martha Graham

Nothing is ever the same twice because everything is always gone forever, and yet each moment has infinite photographic possibilities. — Michael Kenna

I don't have a burning desire to go out and document anything. It just happens when it happens. It's not a conscious effort, nor is it a struggle. Wouldn't do it if it was. The idea of the suffering artist has never appealed to me. Being here is suffering enough. — William Eggleston

Color in a picture is like enthusiasm in life. — Vincent Van Gogh

The desire to discover, the desire to move, to capture the flavor, three concepts that describe the art of photography. — Helmut Newton

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. — Joan Miro

Camera Quotes

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Life is like a camera. Focus on what's important. Capture the good times. And if things don't work out, just take another shot. — Ziad K. Abdelnour

I saw that the camera could be a weapon against poverty, against racism, against all sorts of social wrongs. I knew at that point I had to have a camera. — Gordon Parks

I'm funny on camera sometimes. In life, once in a while. Once in a while. — Gene Wilder

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

Sometimes I feel as if we are all trapped in a movie. We know our lines, where to walk, how to act, only there is no camera. Yet, we can't break out of the movie. And it's a bad one. — Charles Bukowski

I plan to join the 'SNL' band as a maraca player and stand behind saxophonist Lenny Pickett. That way they will at least cut to me before commercial breaks. I'll be sure to look right into camera. — John Mulaney

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

My dream concept is that I have a camera and I am trying to photograph what is essentially invisible. And every once in a while I get a glimpse of her and I grab that picture. — Leonard Nimoy

I would watch 'Punk'd' or 'Candid Camera' - I love the shows, but also I would feel bad about the people that were getting pranked. — James Murray

People think we're always pranking them or that we're constantly on camera. — James Murray

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More Photograph Quotes

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For the birth of something new, there has to be a happening. Newton saw an apple fall; James Watt watched a kettle boil; Roentgen fogged some photographic plates. And these people knew enough to translate ordinary happenings into something new. — Alexander Fleming

It became the middle finger I couldn’t raise in PR photographs. The mustache became my silent last word in the verbal battles I was losing with higher headquarters on rules, targets, and fighting the war. — Robin Olds

I think Bigfoot is blurry, that's the problem. It's not the photographer's fault. Bigfoot is blurry, and that's extra scary to me. There's a large, out-of-focus monster roaming the countryside. Run, he's fuzzy, get out of here. — Mitch Hedberg

If photographers are responsible for creating or reflecting an image of women in society, then I must say, there is only one way for the future, and this is to define women as strong and independent. This should be the responsibility of photographers today: to free women, and finally everyone, from the terror of youth and perfection. — Peter Lindbergh

If I give someone a horsetail he will have no difficulty making a photographic enlargement of it - anyone can do that. But to observe it, to notice and discover its forms, is something that only a few are capable of. — Karl Blossfeldt

Often people ask what I'm photographing, which is a hard question to answer. And the best what I've come up with is I just say: Life today. — William Eggleston

A photograph can be an instant of life captured for eternity that will never cease looking back at you. — Brigitte Bardot

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