Photography Quotes

I have heard some great quotes related to photography and have decided to start a list which I will update from time to time as I come across more. Some of these quotes may not even be by photographers or directly related to photography, but I will try to keep them a close to the subject of photography as possible. There are MANY quotes about photography out there, but I am only going to list those I like here



  • You cannot rely on your eyes if your imagination is out of focus – Mark Twain
  • A true photograph need not be explained nor can it be contained in words – Ansel Adams
  • If you keep your cool, you’ll get everything – Elliott Erwitt
  • Great photography is about depth of feeling, not depth of field – Peter Adams
  • It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see – Henry David Thoreau
  • You’ve got to push yourself harder. You’ve got to start looking for pictures nobody else could take. You’ve got to take the tools you have and probe deeper. – William Albert Allard
  • You do not think of your feet when you walk. Likewise, become so accustomed to your camera that its function becomes an extension of yourself. – Anonymous
  • Beauty can be seen in all things, seeing and composing the beauty is what separates the snapshot from the photograph. – Matt Hardy
  • What I like about photographs is that they capture a moment that’s gone forever, impossible to reproduce. – Karl Lagerfeld
  • You only get one sunrise and one sunset a day, and you only get so many days on the planet. A good photographer does the math and doesn’t waste either. – Galen Rowell (died in a plane crash in 2002)
  • You just have to live and life will give you pictures. – Henri Cartier-Bresson

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