quote by Ansel Adams

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

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Street photography quote Photography is about capturing souls, not smiles.
Photography is about capturing souls, not smiles.
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My life is shaped by the urgent need to wander and observe, and my camera is my passport.

Which of my photographs is my favorite? The one I'm going to take tomorrow.

Street photography quote A photograph is the  pause button of life.
A photograph is the pause button of life.

The whole point of taking pictures is so that you don't have to explain things with words.

Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving.


Oop! The Moment! Once you miss it, it is gone forever.

Street photography quote Life is like photography we develop from the negatives.
Life is like photography we develop from the negatives.
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Be yourself. I much prefer seeing something, even it is clumsy, that doesn't look like somebody else's work.

When you photograph people in color you photograph their clothes.

When you photograph people in black and white, you photograph their soul!

Since I'm inarticulate, I express myself with images.

Street photography quote Failure is a detour, not a dead end street
Failure is a detour, not a dead end street
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I love the people I photograph. I mean, they're my friends. I've never met most of them or I don't know them at all, yet through my images I live with them.


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.

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

Street photography quote Life is like photography, you use the negatives to develop
Life is like photography, you use the negatives to develop
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The eye should learn to listen before it looks.

If you can smell the street by looking at the photo, it's a street photograph

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

Street photography 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.

I only know how to approach a place by walking.

For what does a street photographer do but walk and watch and wait and talk, and then watch and wait some more, trying to remain confident that the unexpected, the unknown, or the secret heat of the known awaits just around the corner.

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.

All the technique in the world doesn't compensate for the inability to notice.

Street photography quote Manners is he key thing. Say, for instance, when you are growing up, you are wal
Manners is he key thing. Say, for instance, when you are growing up, you are walking down the street, you've got to tell everybody "Good morning everybody"! You can't pass one person.

Polaroid, you know, goes against everything that photography is now.

You can't make multiples. Only one exists. I love that. By the way, while we've been talking I've now seen a total of three people I know walking on 8th street.

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.


Don’t pack up your camera until you’ve left the location.

Street photography 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.
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I believe that street photography is central to the issue of photography—that it is purely photographic, whereas the other genres, such as landscape and portrait photography, are a little more applied, more mixed in the with the history of painting and other art forms.

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

If I saw something in my viewfinder that looked familiar to me, I would do something to shake it up.

I like to think I keep my mind open. When I walk the streets I don't look for anything in particular. I come from a philosophy that believes you shouldn't have preconceived notions - that you don't need a gimmick. That you should just photograph what you react to - what you see.


Photography is like life What does it all mean? I don't know - but you get an impression, a feeling. An impression of walking through the street, walking through the park, walking through life. I'm very suspicious of people who say they know what it means.

Photography intervenes in a very strange way.

It makes the streets, gates, squares of the city into illustrations of a trashy novel, draws off the banal obviousness of this ancient architecture to inject it with the most pristine intensity.

You don't make a photograph just with a camera

I have problems with a lot of photography, particularly street photography and photojournalism - objectifying the other, finding the contempt and exoticism that you might feel within yourself or toward yourself and projecting it out to others. There can be an abusive power to photography, too.

It's neither our culture nor our race which interconnects us. It's Street Photography.


Street Photography is like fishing. Catching the fish is more exciting than eating it.

I have always felt that a lot of the most interesting work, not just mine but other people's, falls into [the] nether area, somewhere between the worlds of documentary and photojournalism (two very vague words) and the world of art. I think a lot of street photography falls into this nether area.

I suspect it is for one's self-interest that one looks at one's surroundings and one's self. This search is personally born and is indeed my reason and motive for making photographs.

One teacher told me that my work belonged in the trash.

That day I ran out of the classroom and ended up in the library, where there happened to be a black and white photography exhibition of Robert Rauschenberg's photographs of the streets of New York. The subject of his photos were exactly what I was painting about.

Street photography is art and if art is a crime, please God, forgive me.

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