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50 Photography quotes that inspire

Hi guys, in this new inspiration post I have recited 50 inspiring photography quotes. These quotes are compiled based on world known photographers, like Ansel Adams and Steve McCurry. Read these quotes word by word and I am sure a couple of them are a true inspiration for your next photograph! If you have a quote that needs to be told, don’t hesitate and hit the reaction button! Thanks, JB

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

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

3. “You don’t take a photograph, you make it.” – Ansel Adams

4. “I am not interested in rules or conventions. Photography is not a sport.” – Bill Brandt

5. “What I like about photographs is that they capture a moment that’s gone forever, impossible to reproduce.” – Karl Lagerfeld

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

7. “The best images are the ones that retain their strength and impact over the years, regardless of the number of times they are viewed.” – Anne Geddes

8. “Beauty can be seen in all things, seeing and composing the beauty is what separates the snapshot from the photograph.” – Matt Hardy

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

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

11. “There is only you and your camera. The limitations in your photography are in yourself, for what we see is what we are.” – Ernst Haas

12. “It’s more important for a photographer to have very good shoes, than to have a very good camera” – Sebastiao Salgado

13. “Look and think before opening the shutter. The heart and mind are the true lens of the camera.” – Yousuf Karsh

14. “Photography can only represent the present. Once photographed, the subject becomes part of the past.” – Berenice Abbott

15. “Photography is not about the thing photographed. It is about how that thing looks photographed.” – Garry Winogrand

16. ”I have to shoot three cassettes of film a day, even when not ‘photographing’, in order to keep the eye in practice.” – Josef Koudelka

17. “The art of photography is all about directing the attention of the viewer.” – Steven Pinker

18. “A photograph has picked up a fact of life, and that fact will live forever.” – Raghu Rai

19. “Results are uncertain even among the more experienced photographers.” – Matthew Brady

20. “The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible” – Oscar Wilde

21. “I began to realize that the camera sees the world differently than the human eye and that sometimes those differences can make a photograph more powerful than what you actually observed.” – Galen Rowell

22. “I see something special and show it to the camera. The moment is held until someone sees it. Then it is theirs.” – Sam Abell

23. “I went into photography because it seemed like the perfect vehicle for commenting on the madness of today’s existence.” – Robert Mapplethorpe

24. “The two most engaging powers of a photograph are to make new things familiar and familiar things new.” – William Thackeray

25. ”I guess I’ve shot about 40,000 negatives and of these I have about 800 pictures I like.” – Harry Callahan

26. “What makes photography a strange invention is that its primary raw materials are light and time.” – John Berger

27. “If you are out there shooting, things will happen for you. If you’re not out there, you’ll only hear about it.” – Jay Maisel

28. “Looking and seeing are two different things. What matters is the relationship with the subject.” – Christophe Agou

29. “Photography is the art of frozen time… the ability to store emotion and feelings within a frame.” – Meshack Otieno

30. ”When people ask me what equipment I use – I tell them my eyes.” – Anonymous

31. “There is a vast difference between taking a picture and making a photograph.” – Robert Heinecken

32. “The subject matter is so much more important than the photographer.” – Gordon Parks

33. “I threw myself into this artform because photography had given me a new sense of mission and identity.” – Bob Anderson

34. “Light glorifies everything. It transforms and ennobles the most commonplace and ordinary subjects. The object is nothing, light is everything.” – Leonard Missone

35. “When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.” – Ansel Adams

36. “I didn’t choose photography. Photography chose me.” – Gerardo Suter

37. “Photography is the only language that can be understood anywhere in the world.” – Bruno Barbey

38. “When I photograph, what I’m really doing is seeking answers to things.” – Wynn Bullock

39. “There will be times when you will be in the field without a camera. And, you will see the most glorious sunset or the most beautiful scene that you have ever witnessed. Don’t be bitter because you can’t record it. Sit down, drink it in, and enjoy it for what it is!” – DeGriff

40. “The artist’s world is limitless. It can be found anywhere, far from where he lives or a few feet away. It is always on his doorstep.” – Paul Strand

41. “My life is shaped by the urgent need to wander and observe, and my camera is my passport.” – Steve McCurry

42. “Of course, there will always be those who look only at technique, who ask ‘how’, while others of a more curious nature will ask ‘why’. Personally, I have always preferred inspiration to information.” – Man Ray

43. “Every other artist begins with a blank canvas, a piece of paper… the photographer begins with the finished product.” – Edward Steichen

44. “There is a creative fraction of a second when you are taking a picture. Your eye must see a composition or an expression that life itself offers you, and you must know with intuition when to click the camera. That is the moment the photographer is creative. Oop! The Moment! Once you miss it, it is gone forever.” – Henri Cartier-Bresson

45. “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

46. “I think good dreaming is what leads to good photographs.” – Wayne Miller

47. “Every artist was first an amateur.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

48. “Imagination is more important than knowledge.” – Albert Einstein

49. “Chase the dream, not the competition.” – Anonymous

50. “The greats weren’t great because at birth they could paint, the greats were great cause they paint a lot.” – Macklemore and Ryan Lewis

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