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37 Inspirational Quotes for Photographers

June 03, 2018 4 min read

37 Inspirational Quotes for Photographers

No history can be better expressed than the words which are merely based on first hand experiences of the writers or the speakers. But photography goes beyond expression, it becomes an event itself. The one who sees the photograph is not only gaining the expressions of the photographer, he is looking at the event that actually happened.


What did those photographers want to show through their photographic renderings, is a question to be asked. Were it not for photography’s mere essentiality and photographer’s urge to capture beyond time and space, most of the people/events/moments would have otherwise gone unrecorded. They make photographs not only a means to look at it, but to give them a life forever. And, what it means to us to gaze upon these subjects, make them a life like object.


What it means to stay still and exchange mutually the moment of “seen” and “to be recorded” by the “magic box”? And, what is the relationship between the recorder and the subjects if there is no mutual exchange, i.e. like the photographic sitting versus the decision of the photographer to capture the subjects without mutual exchange between the subjects and the photographer?


Let the photographs talk themselves. With this in mind, we’ve put together 37 inspirational quotes for photographers which offer us an insight into how a photographic image comes to life, and what it means to its author.

  1. “Photography is the story I fail to put into words.”— Destin Sparks
  2. “This is my third eye, this is where I see through.”— Anonymous
  3. “Lens is like a sunscreen, you have to put on.”— Anonymous
  4. “If the photographer is interested in the people in front of his lens, and if he is compassionate, it’s already a lot. The instrument is not the camera but the photographer.”— Eve Arnold
  5. “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.”— Elliott Erwitt
  6. “The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.”— Dorothea Lange
  7. “When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.”— Ansel Adams
  8. “In photography there is a reality so subtle that it becomes more real than reality.”— Alfred Stieglitz
  9. “There is one thing the photograph must contain, the humanity of the moment.”—Robert Frank
  10. “Taking an image, freezing a moment, reveals how rich reality truly is.”— Anonymous
  11. “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.”— Aaron Siskind
  12. “We are making photographs to understand what our lives mean to us.”— Ralph Hattersley
  13. “What makes photography a strange invention is that its primary raw materials are light and time.”—John Berger
  14. “A portrait is not made in the camera but on either side of it.”— Edward Steichen
  15. “It’s one thing to make a picture of what a person looks like, it’s another thing to make a portrait of who they are.”— Paul Caponigro
  16. “The best thing about a picture is that it never changes, even when the people in it do.”— Andy Warhol
  17. “I really believe there are things nobody would see if I didn’t photograph them.”— Diane Arbus
  18. “Taking pictures is savoring life intensely, every hundredth of a second.”— Marc Riboud
  19. “Once you learn to care, you can record images with your mind or on film. There is no difference between the two.”— Anonymous
  20. “Photography is truth.”— Jean-Luc Godard
  21. “Today everything exists to end in a photograph.”— Susan Sontag
  22. “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.”— Bruce Gilden
  23. “When I say I want to photograph someone, what it really means is that I’d like to know them. Anyone I know I photograph.”— Annie Leibovitz
  24. “My life is shaped by the urgent need to wander and observe, and my camera is my passport.”— Steve McCurry
  25. “It is more important to click with people than to click the shutter.”— Alfred Eisenstaedt
  26. “I like to photograph anyone before they know what their best angles are.”— Ellen Von Unwerth
  27. “Only photograph what you love.”— Tim Walker
  28. “In photography there are no shadows that cannot be illuminated.”— August Sander
  29. “Character, like a photograph, develops in darkness.”— Yousuf Karsh
  30. “Look and think before opening the shutter. The heart and mind are the true lens of the camera.”— Yousuf Karsh
  31. “Which of my photographs is my favorite? The one I’m going to take tomorrow.”— Imogen Cunningham
  32. “Once photography enters your bloodstream, it is like a disease.”— Anonymous
  33. “A good photograph is one that communicates a fact, touches the heart and leaves the viewer a changed person for having seen it. It is, in a word, effective.”— Irving Penn
  34. “When people ask me what equipment I use – I tell them my eyes.”— Anonymous
  35. “You don’t take a photograph, you make it.”— Ansel Adams
  36. “If you want to be a better photographer, stand in front of more interesting stuff.”— Jim Richardson
  37. “The camera is an excuse to be someplace you otherwise don’t belong. It gives me both a point of connection and a point of separation.”— Susan Meiselas

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