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25 Top Photography Quotes

September 12th, 2012

I thought I’d share, 25 of my favorite quotes on the subject of photography.  What’s your favorite quote?


1. “Sometimes I do get to places just when God’s ready to have somebody click the shutter.” – Ansel Adams

2. “The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.” – Dorothea Lange

3. “Buying a Nikon doesn’t make you a photographer.  It makes you a Nikon owner.”  – Author Unknown

4. “My idea of a good picture is one that’s in focus and of a famous person.” – Andy Warhol

5. “Photographers mistake the emotion they feel while taking the photo as a judgment that the photograph is good” – Garry Winogrand

6. “There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer.” –Ansel Adams

7. “If your pictures aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough.” – Robert Capa

8. “ Twelve significant photographs in any one year is a good crop. “ – Ansel Adams

9. “The camera cannot lie, but it can be an accessory to untruth.”  ~ Harold Evans

10. “One photo out of focus is a mistake, ten photo out of focus are an experimentation, one hundred photo out of focus are a style.”  ~ Author Unknown

11. “Of course it’s all luck.” – Henri Cartier-Bresson

12. “Landscape photography is the supreme test of the photographer – and often the supreme disappointment. ” – Ansel Adams

13. “If I knew how to take a good photograph, I’d do it every time.” – Robert Doisneau

14. “ Nothing happens when you sit at home. I always make it a point to carry a camera with me at all times…I just shoot at what interests me at that moment.” – Elliott Erwitt

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 world just does not fit conveniently into the format of a 35mm camera.” – W. Eugene Smith

17. “Which of my photographs is my favorite? The one I’m going to take tomorrow.” – Imogen Cunningham

18. “Anything more than 500 yards from the car just isn’t photogenic.” – Edward Weston

19. “Don’t shoot what it looks like. Shoot what it feels like.” – David Alan Harvey

20. “A portrait is not made in the camera but on either side of it.” – Edward Steichen

21. “If I have any ‘message’ worth giving to a beginner it is that there are no short cuts in photography.” – Edward Weston

22. “Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst.” – Henri Cartier-Bresson

23. “You don’t take a photograph.  You ask, quietly, to borrow it.”  – Author Unknown

24. “I still think photographers should be lashed out at. They should be put in a cage where you can poke them with a stick for a quarter. But not in a hostile way, just for giggles. They really are on the attack against mankind; it’s a disease. They should be helped somewhere. But I’d still like to poke them with a stick.” – Sean Penn

25. “I find it some of the hardest photography and the most challenging photography I’ve ever done. It’s a real challenge to work with the natural features and the natural light”. – Galen Rowell

I know I said 25 of my favorite photography quotes but I had to add this one….  “I’ve got a great collection of photography.” – Elton John



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