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Quotes about photography

A list of some of my favourite photography related quotes:

  • There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer – Ansel Adams

  • You don’t take a photograph, you make it. – Ansel Adams

  • Ultimately, simplicity is the goal – in every art, and achieving simplicity is one of the hardest things to do. Yet it’s easily the most essential. – Pete Turner

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

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

  • I have often thought that if photography were difficult in the true sense of the term -meaning that the creation of a simple photograph would entail as much time and effort as the production of a good watercolor or etching – there would be a vast improvement in total output. The sheer ease with which we can produce a superficial image often leads to creative disaster. – Ansel Adams

  • You learn to see by practice. It’s just like playing tennis, you get better the more you play. The more you look around at things, the more you see. The more you photograph, the more you realize what can be photographed and what can’t be photographed. You just have to keep doing it. – Eliot Porter

  • To see in color is a delight for the eye but to see in black and white is a delight for the soul. – Andri Cauldwell

  • When I was around 20 years old I began to take pictures. It changed my world. The sky was no longer just blue or red, rather an infinite spectrum of colours. Things which I had never noticed began to obtain form and life. Travelling, even just the short distance to school, became an experience. Sparrows which sat flocked together on telephone lines were like notes on paper, forming a song which I saw and wished to give others the opportunity to hear and see – a picture. – Páll Stefánsson

  • I’m looking for the unexpected. I’m looking for things I’ve never seen before. – Robert Mapplethorpe

  • 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. – William Albert Allard

  • Dodging and burning are steps to take care of mistakes God made in establishing tonal relationships. – Ansel Adams

  • I never question what to do, it tells me what to do. The photographs make themselves with my help. – Ruth Bernhard

  • In my view you cannot claim to have seen something until you have photographed it. – Emile Zola

  • What we do during our working hours determines what we have; what we do in our leisure hours determines what we are. – George Eastman

  • The camera makes everyone a tourist in other people’s reality, and eventually in one’s own. – Susan Sontag

  • My own eyes are no more than scouts on a preliminary search, for the camera’s eye may entirely change my idea. – Edward Weston

  • The negative is the equivalent of the composer’s score, and the print the performance. – Ansel Adams

  • It’s about time we started to take photography seriously and treat it as a hobby. – Elliott Erwitt

  • Photography offered all things a young person desires – a sense of purpose, a real sense of adventure and something at the end of it to reward you. – Donovan Wylie

  • Photography is not about the thing photographed. It is about how that thing looks photographed. – Garry Winogrand

  • Let me here call attention to one of the most universally popular mistakes that have to do with photography – that of classing supposedly excellent work as professional, and using the term amateur to convey the idea of immature productions and to excuse atrociously poor photographs. As a matter of fact nearly all the greatest work is being, and has always been done, by those who are following photography for the love of it, and not merely for financial reasons. As the name implies, an amateur is one who works for love; and viewed in this light the incorrectness of the popular classification is readily apparent. – Alfred Stieglitz

  • The photographer who combines scientific method with artistic skill is in the best possible position to do the good work. – Ferdinand Hurter

  • Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst. – Henri Cartier-Bresson
  • 2 Responses to “Quotes about photography”

    1. Andri Hery Says:

      To Whom it May Concern,
      I saw that you have my quote up on your page. However I have legally changed my last name to Cauldwell and as my quote is all over the web I am writting to every website that has it posted to ask them if they could please change my last name from Hery to Cauldwell. If you have any questions or need some more information you can email me at andri37@netzero.net or call (781) 397-2216

    2. Liam Says:

      Enjoyed all of that Alb.
      One quote for you even though I am not sure who said it
      ‘’never have I seen anything that was not beautiful, form be what it may, light, shade and perspective will make it beautiful’’
      talk soon
      Liam

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