Inspirational photography quotes from photographers for photographers – 52 PhotoQuotes 2017.
“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”.
“A good photograph is knowing where to stand”.
“Light makes photography. Embrace light. Admire it. Love it. But above all, know light. Know it for all you are worth, and you will know the key to photography”.
“Photography can only represent the present. Once photographed, the subject becomes part of the past”.
“Photography is a major force in explaining man to man”.
“Make visible what, without you, might perhaps never have been seen”.
“I tried to keep both arts alive, but the camera won. I found that while the camera does not express the soul, perhaps a photograph can!”.
“Actually, I’m not all that interested in the subject of photography. Once the picture is in the box, I’m not all that interested in what happens next. Hunters, after all, aren’t cooks“.
“Sometimes you can tell a large story with a tiny subject”.
“Computer photography won’t be photography as we know it. I think photography will always be chemical”.
“Think about the photo before and after, never during. The secret is to take your time. You mustn’t go too fast. The subject must forget about you. Then, however, you must be very quick”.
“No matter how slow the film, Spirit always stands still long enough for the photographer It has chosen”.
“A great photograph is one that fully expresses what one feels, in the deepest sense, about what is being photographed”.
“For me the noise of Time is not sad: I love bells, clocks, watches — and I recall that at first photographic implements were related to techniques of cabinetmaking and the machinery of precision: cameras, in short, were clocks for seeing, and perhaps in me someone very old still hears in the photographic mechanism the living sound of the wood”.
“Experience is the best teacher of all. And for that, there are no guarantees that one will become an artist. Only the journey matters”.
“A portrait is not a likeness. The moment an emotion or fact is transformed into a photograph it is no longer a fact but an opinion. There is no such thing as inaccuracy in a photograph. All photographs are accurate. None of them is the truth”.
“Most photographers would feel a certain embarrassment in admitting publicly that they carried within them a sense of wonder, yet without it they would not produce the work they do, whatever their particular field”.
“To me, photography is the simultaneous recognition, in a fraction of a second, of the significance of an event”.
“A picture is the expression of an impression. If the beautiful were not in us, how would we ever recognize it?”.
“The pictures are there, and you just take them”.
“To the complaint, ‘There are no people in these photographs,’ I respond, There are always two people: the photographer and the viewer”.
“All photographs are memento mori. To take a photograph is to participate in another person’s (or thing’s) mortality, vulnerability, mutability. Precisely by slicing out this moment and freezing it, all photographs testify to time’s relentless melt”.
“To photograph is to hold one’s breath, when all faculties converge to capture fleeting reality. It’s at that precise moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy”.
“A true photograph need not be explained, nor can it be contained in words“.
“We look at the world and see what we have learned to believe is there. We have been conditioned to expect… but, as photographers, we must learn to relax our beliefs”.
“The picture is not made by the photographer, the picture is more good or less good in function of the relationship that you have with the people you photograph.”
“Inspirational photography quotes from photographers for photographers: “The more pictures you see, the better you are as a photographer”..”
“Inspirational photography quotes from photographers for photographers: “Technique isn’t important. Technique is in the blood. Events and mood are more important than good light and the happening is what is important”.
“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”.
“I dream that someday the step between my mind and my finger will no longer be needed. And that simply by blinking my eyes, I shall make pictures. Then, I think, I shall really have become a photographer”.
“No matter how sophisticated you may be, a large granite mountain cannot be denied — it speaks in silence to the very core of your being”.
“Great photography is about depth of feeling, not depth of field”.
“If you see something that moves you, and then snap it, you keep a moment”.
“I never have taken a picture I’ve intended. They’re always better or worse”.
“The mission of photography is to explain man to man and each to himself. And that is the most complicated thing on earth”.
“I didn’t decide to be a photographer; I just happened to fall into it”.
“You don’t make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved”.
“Taking pictures is savoring life intensely, every hundredth of a second”.
“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”.
“As far as I am concerned, taking photographs is a means of understanding which cannot be separated from other means of visual expression. It is a way of shouting, of freeing oneself, not of proving or asserting one’s own originality. It is a way of life”.
“When I photograph, what I’m really doing is seeking answers to things”.
“I think the best pictures are often on the edges of any situation, I don’t find photographing the situation nearly as interesting as photographing the edges”.
“When I’m ready to make a photograph, I think I quite obviously see in my minds eye something that is not literally there in the true meaning of the word. I’m interested in something which is built up from within, rather than just extracted from without”.
“Once you learn to care, you can record images with your mind or on film. There is no difference between the two”.
“When that shutter clicks, anything else that can be done afterward is not worth consideration”.
“While there is perhaps a province in which the photograph can tell us nothing more than what we see with our own eyes, there is another in which it proves to us how little our eyes permit us to see”.
“I think all art is about control – the encounter between control and the uncontrollable”.
“It is my intention to present – through the medium of photography – intuitive observations of the natural world which may have meaning to the spectators”.
“Light is my inspiration, my paint and brush. It is as vital as the model herself. Profoundly significant, it caresses the essential superlative curves and lines. Light I acknowledge as the energy upon which all life on this planet depends”.
“Photography deals exquisitely with appearances, but nothing is what it appears to be”.
“Twelve significant photographs in any one year is a good crop”.