Top 1200 Quotes & Sayings by Famous Photographers

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Photography is about finding out what can happen in the frame. When you put four edges around some facts, you change those facts.
You don't take a photograph, you make it.
Photography is an immediate reaction, drawing is a meditation. β€” Β© Henri Cartier-Bresson
Photography is an immediate reaction, drawing is a meditation.
Nature is so powerful, so strong. Capturing its essence is not easy - your work becomes a dance with light and the weather. It takes you to a place within yourself.
The thing about tourism is that the reality of a place is quite different from the mythology of it.
A positive attitude can really make dreams come true - it did for me.
No place is boring, if you've had a good night's sleep and have a pocket full of unexposed film.
The most beautiful girl in the room not only gets the guy, she lands the job, gets better service at a restaurant, rises through the social ranks before her friends. Doors open for the beautiful woman that may not for a female who is twice as smart but half as beautiful.
My desire is to preserve the sense of people’s lives, to endow them with the strength and beauty I see in them. I want the people in my pictures to stare back.
I had imposed unspeakable worry on my husband, Paul de Bendern, on more occasions than I could count.
To be able to take my pictures, I have to look, all the time, at the people and places I care about.
If you are out there shooting, things will happen for you. If you're not out there, you'll only hear about it.
Editorial photography has to be energetic and visually competitive. β€” Β© Sam Abell
Editorial photography has to be energetic and visually competitive.
Photograph the world as it is. Nothing's more interesting than reality.
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.
Success to me is being a good person, treating people well.
Love involves a peculiar unfathomable combination of understanding and misunderstanding.
When I made 'Polly Maggoo,' it was more or less the end of this collaboration with 'Vogue' because I made a caricature of the editor-in-chief and the fashion people, so they didn't really adore me.
My favourite words are possibilities, opportunities and curiosity. I think if you are curious, you create opportunities, and then if you open the doors, you create possibilities.
I see through my eyes; the camera is just a machine to record it for me.
Anything that excites me for any reason, I will photograph; not searching for unusual subject matter, but making the commonplace unusual.
All photographs are accurate. None of them is the truth.
My interviews are very pointed. I'm an active participant; I will kindly interrupt people. But I've learned there is nothing people won't tell you if you ask in a compassionate and legitimately interested way.
My photographs are a celebration of life, fun and the beautiful. They are a world that doesn't exist. A fantasy. Freedom is real. There are no rules. The life I wish I was living.
Although humans see reality in colour, for me, black and white has always been connected to the image's deeper truth, to its most hidden meaning.
Beauty and the devil are the same thing.
Even in the deepest love relationship - when lovers say 'I love you' to each other - we don't really know what we're saying, because language isn't equal to the complexity of human emotions.
I feel I'm anonymous in my work. When I look at the pictures, I never see myself; they aren't self-portraits. Sometimes I disappear.
The world is shrinking as we see more and more of it in the media, and the more we see of the world, the smaller we are, the more aware we are of how insignificant any one of us is.
I had this notion of what I called a democratic way of looking around, that nothing was more important or less important.
I'm not a religious person. The language of photography is symbolic.
The ground we walk on, the plants and creatures, the clouds above constantly dissolving into new formations - each gift of nature possessing its own radiant energy, bound together by cosmic harmony.
There is only you and your camera. The limitations in your photography are in yourself, for what we see is what we are.
We are the strongest filter we can place before the lens. We point the lens both outward and inward.
Every time there's a new tool, whether it's Internet or cell phones or anything else, all these things can be used for good or evil. Technology is neutral; it depends on how it's used.
It has never been my object to record my dreams, just the determination to realize them.
Nothing is ever the same twice because everything is always gone forever, and yet each moment has infinite photographic possibilities.
The subject matter is so much more important than the photographer. β€” Β© Gordon Parks
The subject matter is so much more important than the photographer.
Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still.
The goal of art was the vital expression of self.
Photography is like a found object. A photographer never makes an actual subject; they just steal the image from the world... Photography is a system of saving memories. It's a time machine, in a way, to preserve the memory, to preserve time.
I was dyslexic and uneducated and left school at 14. I grew up in Finsbury Park, which was a pretty bad place where you had to fight and be beaten. It was just a constant roundabout of violence.
Because the filming process was so organic and there was no script, the film [Dream of Life] was literally telling us what it wanted to be in the editing room.
Photography can only represent the present. Once photographed, the subject becomes part of the past.
I want the pictures to be working in both directions. I accept that they speak about me, and yet at the same time, I want and expect them to function in terms of the viewer and their experience.
It's the way to educate your eyes. Stare. Pry, listen eavesdrop. Die knowing something. You are not here long.
I don't think there's any such thing as teaching people photography, other than influencing them a little. People have to be their own learners. They have to have a certain talent.
A lot of people think that when you have grand scenery, such as you have in Yosemite, that photography must be easy. β€” Β© Galen Rowell
A lot of people think that when you have grand scenery, such as you have in Yosemite, that photography must be easy.
My family are everything to me. They come first in everything I do.
Be still with yourself until the object of your attention affirms your presence.
What do you hang on the walls of your mind?
The beauty of the past belongs to the past.
Good governance takes behavior that is negative or not helpful to the greater good of society, whether it's polluting behaviour, plastics, or whatever, and taxes the behaviour.
My pictures are about everyday life combined with theatrical effect. I want them to feel outside of time, to take something routine and make it irrational. I’m always looking for a small moment that is a revelation
Never have I found the limits of the photographic potential. Every horizon, upon being reached, reveals another beckoning in the distance. Always, I am on the threshold.
Your photography is a record of your living, for anyone who really sees.
When the truth is spoken, it doesn't need to be adorned. It just needs to be simply stated, and often it only needs to be said once.
My job as a portrait photographer is to seduce, amuse and entertain.
To see something spectacular and recognise it as a photographic possibility is not making a very big leap. But to see something ordinary, something you’d see every day, and recognize it as a photographic possibility - that is what I am interested in.
The way that light hits objects, I think, is one of the more important things that sculpture and photography share.
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