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Photography Quotations

There is a myriad of quotations from the great, famous and obscure photographers. I list a few below to inspire, inform or amuse you.
Ansel Adams
  • “You don’t take a photograph, you make it.”
  • “Twelve significant photographs in any one year is a good crop.”
  • “There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer.”
  • “A good photograph is knowing where to stand.”

Dorothea Lange
  • “Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still.”
  • “One should really use the camera as though tomorrow you’d be stricken blind.”

Edward Weston
  • “To consult the rules of composition before making a picture is a little like consulting the law of gravitation before going for a walk.”

Henri Cartier-Bresson
  • “Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst.”
  • "Photographers deal in things which are continually vanishing and when they have vanished there is no contrivance on earth which can make them come back again. "
Robert Capa
  • “If your pictures aren’t good enough, you aren’t close enough.”

Annie Leibovitz
  • “I wish that all of nature’s magnificence, the emotion of the land, the living energy of place could be photographed.”

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

Galen Rowell
  • "A lot of people think that when you have grand scenery, such as you have in Yosemite, that photography must be easy."

Don McCullin
  • “Photography for me is not looking, it’s feeling. If you can’t feel what you’re looking at, then you’re never going to get others to feel anything when they look at your pictures.”

Aaron Siskind
  • “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.”

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

The River Brathay at Elterwater