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Photography Quotes

Selected photography quotes. Quotations for and about photographers.


"I'm very much against photographs being framed and treated with reverence and signed and sold as works of art. They aren't. They should be seen in a magazine or a book and then be used to wrap up the fish and chucked away." (Lord Snowdon)

"I photograph the things that I do not wish to paint, the things which already have an existence." (Man Ray)

"My idea of a good picture is one that's in focus and of a famous person." (Andy Warhol)

"All photographs are there to remind us of what we forget.  In this - as in other ways - they are the opposite of paintings.  Paintings record what the painter remembers.  Because each one of us forgets different things, a photo more than a painting may change its meaning according to who is looking at it."  (John Berger)

"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."  (Henri Cartier-Bresson)

"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." (Erwitt)

"It is more important to click with people than to click the shutter." (Alfred Eisenstaedt)

"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)

"I don't get wrapped up in photographic technique and the like." (Fay Godwin)

"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)


"Every time someone tells me how sharp my photos are, I assume that it isn't a very interesting photograph.  If it were, they would have more to say." (unknown)

"Not everybody trusts paintings but people believe photographs." (Ansel Adams)

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

"I hate nothing more than sugary photographs with tricks, poses and effects" (August Sander)

"I am sometimes accused by my peers of printing my pictures too dark. All I can say is that it goes with the mood of melancholy that is induced by witnessing at close quarters such intractable situations of conflict and joylessness." (Don McCullin)

"Photography is not a sport. It has no rules. Everything must be dared and tried." (Bill Brandt)

"Everyone will take one great picture, Iíve done better because Iíve taken two." (David Bailey)

"Digital makes photography interesting because everyone thinks they can take a picture." (David Bailey)

"All photography is propaganda." (Martin Parr)

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