Quotes About Photography

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

A great photograph is a full expression of what one feels about what is being photographed in the deepest sense, and is, thereby, a true expression of what one feels about life in its entirety.  ~Ansel Adams

I never question what to do, it tells me what to do.  The photographs make themselves with my help.  ~Ruth Bernhard

Perishability in a photograph is important in a picture.  If a photograph looks perishable we say, “Gee, I’m glad I have that moment.”  ~John Loengard, “Pictures Under Discussion”

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

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

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

The departure of our boys to foreign parts with the ever-present possibility that they might never return, taught the real value of photography to every father and mother.  To many a mother the photograph of her boy in his country’s uniform was the one never-failing consolation.  ~Louis Fabian Bachrach

The goal is not to change your subjects, but for the subject to change the photographer.  ~Author Unknown

A photograph is memory in the raw.  ~Carrie Latet

Often while traveling with a camera we arrive just as the sun slips over the horizon of a moment, too late to expose film, only time enough to expose our hearts.  ~Minor White

A photograph is usually looked at – seldom looked into.  ~Ansel Adams

There are always two people in every picture:  the photographer and the viewer.  ~Ansel Adams

The world just does not fit conveniently into the format of a 35mm camera.  ~W. Eugene Smith

Dodging and burning are steps to take care of mistakes God made in establishing tonal relationships.  ~Ansel Adams

It’s weird that photographers spend years or even a whole lifetime, trying to capture moments that added together, don’t even amount to a couple of hours.  ~James Lalropui Keivom

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