64 Inspirational Photography Quotes

Sometimes we experience photography in a particular way, but we cannot quite imagine how to express these feelings. In everyday life, we often come across photography quotes that describe feelings and emotions in a way that we could never do ourselves … and photography is no exception. We wish you a lot of inspiration and joy with our collection of the best photography quotes.

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Photography Quotes 1 – 23

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

Dorothea Lange

Photography is essentially life that is lit.

Sam Abell

I don’t trust words. I trust pictures.

Gilles Peress

I really believe there are things that no one would see if I didn’t take a photo of them.

Diane Arbus

Photography costs life to the full, every hundredth of a second.

Marc Riboud

Once you learn to take an interest, it doesn’t matter whether you store images in your head or on film. There is no difference between the two.


Never have I ever captured a picture that I intended. They are always better or worse.

Diane Arbus

All photographs are correct. None of them are the truth.

Richard Avedon

My life is shaped by the urgent need to hike and observe – and my camera is my passport

Steve McCurry

Look and think before you open the latch. The heart and mind are the real lens of the camera.

Yousuf Karsh

Your first 10,000 photographs are the worst.

Henri Cartier-Bresson

The camera is an excuse to be in a place where you otherwise don’t belong. It gives me both a connection point and a demarcation.

Susan Meiselas

Most things in life are moments of joy and lifelong embarrassment. Photography is a moment of embarrassment and lifelong joy.

Tony Benn

I like to photograph someone before they know which is their best side.

Ellen Von Unwerth

Great photography is about depth of feeling, not depth of field.

Peter Adams

Life is like a camera. Just focus on what is important and record the good times. Develop from negative results. If things don’t work out, “take another shot”.


Only photograph what you love!

Tim Walker

In photography there are no shadows that cannot be illuminated.

August Sander

When I take photos, I really look for answers to things.

Wynn Bullock

Character – as well as photographs – develop in the dark.

Yousuf Karsh

It’s strange that photographers spend years or their entire lives capturing moments that add up to just a few hours.

James Lalropui Keivom

Once the photograph gets into your bloodstream, it’s like a disease.


Which of my pictures is my favorite photo? The one I’ll do tomorrow!

Imogen Cunningham
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Photography Proverbs 23-48

Do you like to read more photography quotes and sayings? All right – here comes the second part. Photography is a powerful visual tool with which exciting stories can be told. The lasting impressions and experiences are often expressed with photography quotes. As a medium and in its purest form, photography has the ability to represent desires, joy, desire, sadness and pain. Just a picture is strong enough to change your worldview in an instant.

Photography is the story that I cannot put into words.

Destin Sparks – award-winning landscape photographer from Australia

When words become unclear, I will focus on photographs. When pictures become insufficient, I will be content with silence.

Ansel Adams

When I have a camera in hand, I have no fear.

Alfred Eisenstaedt

There is a reality in photography that is so subtle that it becomes more real than reality.

Alfred Goldfinch

There is something that a photo must contain: the humanity of the moment.

Robert Frank

Taking a photo that freezes the moment reveals how rich reality really is.


Photography is a way of feeling, touching, loving. What you captured on film will be captured forever. It will remind you of little things long after you’ve forgotten everything.

Aaron Siskind

We take photos to understand what our life means to us.

Ralph Hattersley

Something you can see in my pictures is that I wasn’t afraid to fall in love with these people.

Annie Leibovitz

What makes photography such a strange invention is that its primary raw material is just light and time.

John Berger

For me photography is not about looking but feeling. If you can’t feel what you are looking at, then you will never make others feel anything either when they look at your photo.

Don McCullin

A portrait is not taken in the camera, but from the two surrounding sides.

Edward Steichen

It’s one thing to get a picture of what a person looks like – it’s another thing to get a portrait of who they are.

Paul Caponigro

The best thing about a picture is that it never changes – even if the people in it do.

Andy Warhol

Taking photos is like walking into the kitchen on tiptoe late at night to steal oreo cookies.

Diane Arbus

Photographs open doors to the past, but they also allow a glimpse into the future.

Sally Mann

For me photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place. I’ve found that it has little to do with how things look and more to do with the way you see them.

Elliott Erwitt

The picture you took with your camera is an imagination that you want to create based on reality.

Scott Lorenzo

If the photographer is interested and compassionate in the people in front of his lens, that’s a lot. The instrument is not the camera, but the photographer.

Eve Arnold

A tear contains an ocean. A photographer is aware of the small moments in a person’s life that reveal greater truths.


Photography has nothing to do with cameras.

Luke Gentry

Today everything exists only to end in a photo.

Susan Sontag

I think good dreaming leads to good photos.

Wayne Miller

You can look at a picture for a week and never think about it again. On the other hand, you can only look at a picture for 1 second and never forget it.

Joan MIro

I love the people I photograph. I mean they are my friends. I’ve never met most of them or don’t even know them, but through my pictures I live with them.

Bruce guilds

If you want to be a better photographer, then come up with more interesting subjects.

Jim Richardson

When I say that I want to take a picture of someone, I actually mean that I want to know the person. I take pictures of everyone I know.

Annie Leibovitz
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Photograph quotes and photography wisdom 48-64

You have probably already noticed: some of these photography quotes were from very famous photographers. Nevertheless, it is also nice to see that there is one or the other unknown author. We think everyone is entitled to quote their photography experience. What’s yours Share it with us and leave a comment!

Photo: a picture painted by the sun without artistic guidance.

Ambrose Bierce

Photography is the truth.

Jean-Luc Godard

Photography takes a moment out of time – changes life by keeping it still.

Dorothea Lange

The camera makes you forget you are there. It’s not that you’d hide, you just look so much.

Annie Leibovitz

When you see something that moves you and you take a picture of it, you hold onto a moment.

Linda McCartney

In every picture there are always two people: the photographer and the viewer.

Ansel Adams

A photo is a secret after a secret. The more it tells you, the less you know.

Diane Arbus

The whole point of taking photos is that you don’t have to use words to explain things.

Elliott Erwitt

You don’t stop looking. You don’t stop focusing. It cannot be turned off and on again. It’s on all the time.

Annie Leibovitz

What I like about photographs is that they capture a moment that has passed forever and is not reproducible.

Karl Lagerfeld

A good photo is one that communicates a fact, touches the heart, and leaves the viewer as a changed person. In a word, it is effective.
Irving Penn

Matt Hardy

Beauty can be seen in all things. Seeing and composing the beauty is what separates the snapshot from photography.

Matt Hardy

When people ask me what kind of equipment I use, I tell them: my eyes.


I wish that all the splendor of nature, the emotions of the land and the living energy of a place could be photographed.

Annie Leibovitz

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