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  1. Picture quote about soul

    Photography is about capturing souls, not smiles.


  2. Picture quote by Sayings about photography

    A photograph is the pause button of life. ⏤ Sayings


  3. Picture quote about life

    Life is like photography we develop from the negatives.


  4. Picture quote by Irving Penn about photography

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


  5. Picture quote about photography

    Life is like photography, you use the negatives to develop


  6. Picture quote about photography

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


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Life is like photography. You need the negatives to develop.

Ziad K. Abdelnour

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

Dorothea Lange

Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever... it remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.

Aaron Siskind

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

Diane Arbus

There is only you and your camera. The limitations in your photography are in yourself, for what we see is what we are.

Ernst Haas

The camera introduces us to unconscious optics as does psychoanalysis to unconscious impulses.

Walter Benjamin

Sometimes you can tell a large story with a tiny subject.

Eliot Porter

To me, photography is the simultaneous recognition, in a fraction of a second, of the significance of an event.

Henri CartierBresson

Photography helps people to see.

Berenice Abbott

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 - and looking.

Brooks Atkinson

Light makes photography. Embrace light. Admire it. Love it. But above all, know light. Know it for all you are worth, and you will know the key to photography.

George Eastman

A hundredth of a second here, a hundredth of a second there -- even if you put them end to end, they still only add up to one, two, perhaps three seconds, snatched from eternity.

Robert Doisneau

Photography is a major force in explaining man to man.

Edward Steichen

Sometimes I do get to places just when God's ready to have somebody click the shutter.

Ansel Adams

I hate cameras. They are so much more sure than I am about everything.

John Steinbeck

The camera can photograph thought. It's better than a paragraph of sweet polemic.

Dirk Bogarde

It is not altogether wrong to say that there is no such thing as a bad photograph -- only less interesting, less relevant, less mysterious ones.

Susan Sontag

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

Berenice Abbott

Your photography is a record of your living, for anyone who really sees.

Paul Strand

The photographic image... is a message without a code.

Roland Barthes

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

Ansel Adams

The painter constructs, the photographer discloses.

Susan Sontag

What the human eye observes causally and incuriously, the eye of the camera notes with relentless fidelity.

Berenice Abbott

Photography is a very important part of my life.

Conrad Hall

Contrast is what makes photography interesting.

Conrad Hall

Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still.

Dorothea Lange

When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.

Ansel Adams

In photography, the smallest thing can be a great subject. The little, human detail can become a Leitmotiv.

Henri CartierBresson

In the world of photography, you get to share a captured moment with other people.

James Wilson

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

Most modern reproducers of life, even including the camera, really repudiate it. We gulp down evil, choke at good.

Wallace Stevens

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

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

Berenice Abbott

Landscape photography is the supreme test of the photographer - and often the supreme disappointment.

Ansel Adams

At least the box is full of something useful. On his photo gracing a box of Raisin Bran

Avery Brooks

I mean, certainly writing, painting, photography, dance, architecture, there is an aspect of almost every art form that is useful and that merges into film in some way.

Sydney Pollack

The creative act lasts but a brief moment, a lightning instant of give-and-take, just long enough for you to level the camera and to trap the fleeting prey in your little box.

Henri CartierBresson

There is no question that photography has played a major role in the environmental movement.

Galen Rowell

I threw myself into this artform because photography had given me a new sense of mission and identity.

Bob Anderson

The camera can represent flesh so superbly that, if I dared, I would never photograph a figure without asking that figure to take its clothes off.

George Bernard Shaw

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

The camera relieves us of the burden of memory. It surveys us like God, and it surveys for us. Yet no other god has been so cynical, for the camera records in order to forget.

John Berger

No good is ever done to society by the pictorial representation of its diseases.

John Ruskin

Photography is more than a medium for factual communication of ideas. It is a creative art.

Ansel Adams

Visual ideas combined with technology combined with personal interpretation equals photography. Each must hold it's own; if it doesn't, the thing collapses.

Arnold Newman

In America, the photographer is not simply the person who records the past, but the one who invents it.

Susan Sontag

I treat the photograph as a work of great complexity in which you can find drama. Add to that a careful composition of landscapes, live photography, the right music and interviews with people, and it becomes a style.

Ken Burns

Objects in pictures should so be arranged as by their very position to tell their own story.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Do you know what will soon be the ultimate in truth?

Paul Gauguin

Photography is about finding out what can happen in the frame. When you put four edges around some facts, you change those facts.

Garry Winogrand

With photography, you zero in; you put a lot of energy into short moments, and then you go on to the next thing.

Robert Mapplethorpe

People don't have time to wait for somebody to paint their portraits anymore. The money is in photography.

Robert Mapplethorpe

I went into photography because it seemed like the perfect vehicle for commenting on the madness of today's existence.

Robert Mapplethorpe

Mapplethorpe presented the body as a sexual object, separating it from the humanity of the person. He added nothing to photography as a medium. I hold his work in low regard.

Jerzy Kosinski

I rode it once, which was up the driveway in the opening credits of the show. I didn't know how to stop it. I actually nearly killed the director of photography, and I smashed into the sound truck.

Henry Winkler

Actually, when I first started dabbling in photography, I was still working for my parents as a salesman.

Herb Ritts

Generally, the French highly promote culture and the arts, and photography is in their blood.

Herb Ritts

A new era in the physiological investigation of linguistic sounds was opened up by X-ray photography.

Roman Jakobson

If photography is allowed to stand in for art in some of its functions it will soon supplant or corrupt it completely thanks to the natural support it will find in the stupidity of the multitude. It must return to its real task, which is to be the servant of the sciences and the arts, but the very humble servant, like printing and shorthand which have neither created nor supplanted literature.

Charles Baudelaire

Photographers never have much incentive to show the world as it is.

William Leith

I had been teaching myself photography.

Ree Drummond

When I first became interested in photography, I thought it was the whole cheese. My idea was to have it recognized as one of the fine arts. Today I don't give a hoot in hell about that. The mission of photography is to explain man to man and each man to himself.

Edward Steichen

I just really want to get music out and tour and go places I've never been, and just do more videos. I love photography and videography, and so I really want to direct videos when I can.

Billie Eilish

My main camera is a Nikon D3. I use a French camera from the 1800s for wet plate photography, I use a Hasselblad sometimes. But to me the camera really doesn't matter that much. I don't have a preference for film or digital.

Nikki Sixx

My studio, nicknamed 'Funny Farm,' is in a hidden location. It's very private. Not only do I create my photography there, but it is also where I write my books and create music.

Nikki Sixx

My interest in architecture has always been sculptural. Most of my photography is of architecture.

Parker Stevenson

Richard Avedon is a true genius of photography and one of the greatest artists of our time.

Donatella Versace

A picture is a secret about a secret, the more it tells you the less you know.

Diane Arbus

I have very interesting hobbies like archeology and photography.

Bill Wyman

Then I moved down to the Bowery to this building where Debbie Harry lived. It was there that I started combining some clothes for her and continued doing the art and photography.

Stephen Sprouse

My son does a little photography, but he's not involved the way I was.

Kim Weston

Growing up, I didn't give my grandfather's photography a second thought. I wasn't involved in his work, except that I helped my dad print his negatives.

Kim Weston

Photography is a small voice, at best, but sometimes one photograph, or a group of them, can lure our sense of awareness.

W. Eugene Smith

Once the amateur's naive approach and humble willingness to learn fades away, the creative spirit of good photography dies with it. Every professional should remain always in his heart an amateur.

Alfred Eisenstaedt

I took courses at USC in film editing and art direction and photography when I was still in high school.

Ray Harryhausen

The beauty of women was the first expression of my photography.

Alberto Korda

Black and white are the colors of photography. To me they symbolize the alternatives of hope and despair to which mankind is forever subjected.

Robert Frank

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

All photographs are memento mori. To take a photograph is to participate in another person’s (or thing’s) mortality, vulnerability, mutability. Precisely by slicing out this moment and freezing it, all photographs testify to time’s relentless melt.

Susan Sontag

Above all, life for a photographer cannot be a matter of indifference

Robert Frank

These are the two basic controls at the photographer's command--position and timing--all others are extensions, peripheral ones, compared to them

David Hurn

To photograph people is to violate them, by seeing them as they never see themselves, by having knowledge of them that they can never have; it turns people into objects that can be symbolically possessed. Just as a camera is a sublimation of the gun, to photograph someone is a subliminal murder - a soft murder, appropriate to a sad, frightened time.

Susan Sontag

I open events for museums and I do charity work and photography.

Bill Wyman

George Lucas wanted this moving camera for all of the photography in Star Wars. He was willing to take a risk with the concepts that I advanced with regard to ways for doing that.

John Dykstra

Those involved in the program are interested in how to use photography, videos, the Internet, film, and anything related to communications and transmission of information in the most up-to-date modern ways.

Major Owens

Photography, as we all know, is not real at all. It is an illusion of reality with which we create our own private world.

Arnold Newman

The mission of photography is to explain man to man and each to himself. And that is the most complicated thing on earth.

Edward Steichen

Photography suits the temper of this age - of active bodies and minds. It is a perfect medium for one whose mind is teeming with ideas, imagery, for a prolific worker who would be slowed down by painting or sculpting, for one who sees quickly and acts decisively, accurately.

Edward Weston

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

Photography to me is catching a moment which is passing, and which is true.

Jacques-Henri Lartigue

Does not the very word 'creative' mean to build, to initiate, to give out, to act - rather than to be acted upon, to be subjective? Living photography is positive in its approach, it sings a song of life - not death.

Berenice Abbott

In my photography, color and composition are inseparable. I see in color.

William Albert Allard

Photography is a way of putting distance between myself and the work which sometimes helps me to see more clearly what it is that I have made.

Andy Goldsworthy

I was an artistic dilettante for a while, in photography and collage and the visual arts.

Thomas Wilson

My use of the medium - photography - is in some ways traditional.

Andres Serrano

Any time you talk about the look of the film, it's not just the director and the director of photography. You have to include the costume designer and the production designer.

Spike Lee

Photography must be integrated with the story.

James Wong Howe

As an avid photographer, I also took advantage of the latest technology in photography - digital photography - to post photos on my website on a daily basis.

Tipper Gore

Photography is still a very new medium and everything must be tried and dare.

Bill Brandt

It's the first time that I've ever had an art show based on a film, but it's a photography collage.

Val Kilmer

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