Top Photography Quotes

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1. "Once the amateur's naive approach and humble willingness to learn fades away, the creative spirit of good photography dies with it. Every professional should remain always in his heart an amateur."
Author: Alfred Eisenstaedt
2. "A famous artist is approached by a student. "You don't remember me," the student says correctly, "but years ago you said something that changed my life. You said, 'Photography is death.' After that," says the student, "I threw out my camera. I began again. I want to thank you for changing my life.""Leave me alone," says the artist. "Photography is life."
Author: Amy Hempel
3. "Later, when she sees the photographs for the first time, she will be surprised at how calm her face looks - how steady her gaze, how erect her posture. In the picture her eyes will be slightly closed, and there will be a shadow on her neck. The shawl will be draped around her shoulders, and her hands will rest in her lap. In this deceptive photograph, she will look a young woman who is not at all disturbed or embarrassed, but instead appears to be rather serious. And she wonders if, in its ability to deceive, photography is not unlike the sea, which may offer a benign surface to the observe even as it conceals depths and current below."
Author: Anita Shreve
4. "Landscape photography is the supreme test of the photographer - and often the supreme disappointment."
Author: Ansel Adams
5. "Photography, as we all know, is not real at all. It is an illusion of reality with which we create our own private world."
Author: Arnold Newman
6. "I feel, having the choices I had, I felt I had more control over my own medium than I did over photography."
Author: Ben Shahn
7. "Now, my knowledge of photography was terribly limited."
Author: Ben Shahn
8. "I did take my camera along, as I felt there wouldn't be enough time to draw the things I wanted to do. I did some drawing and did a lot of photography but I was not part of Stryker's outfit at all."
Author: Ben Shahn
9. "Does not the very word 'creative' mean to build, to initiate, to give out, to act - rather than to be acted upon, to be subjective? Living photography is positive in its approach, it sings a song of life - not death."
Author: Berenice Abbott
10. "Do women always take this long?" Darién sprang forward to find out what was keeping his bride, but Maxim, Shara and Serone stepped in front of him, blocking his path."She's late!" the prince fumed, his heart pounding, and his breathing ragged. "Maybe she changed her mind," he said before Maxim snapped a picture of him with a digital camera, blinding him. "What the hell?" Darién shook his head to clear the momentary stun from the flash.Maxim shrugged nonchalantly, his wicked dark eyes glittering with humor, "Aleta put me in charge of photography--something about making a scrapbook…or whatever. Anyway…nothing says good times like a stressed-out groom on the verge of nuclear." He smiled, wagging his dark brows up and down. "Priceless."
Author: Beth Mikell
11. "Mr. Marsham was born (in 1822) into a world that was still essentially medieval—a place of candlelight, medicinal leeches, travel at walking pace, news from afar that was always weeks or months old—and lived to see the introduction of one marvel after another: steamships and speeding trains, telegraphy, photography, anesthesia, indoor plumbing, gas lighting, antisepsis in medicine, refrigeration, telephones, electric lights, recorded music, cars and planes, skyscrapers, motion pictures, radio, and literally tens of thousands of tiny things more, from mass-produced bars of soap to push-along lawn mowers."
Author: Bill Bryson
12. "I open events for museums and I do charity work and photography."
Author: Bill Wyman
13. "He sought a way to preserve the past. John Hershel was one of the founders of a new form of time travel.... a means to capture light and memories. He actually coined a word for it... photography. When you think about it, photography is a form of time travel. This man is staring at us from across the centuries, a ghost preserved by light."
Author: Carl Sagan
14. "Contrast is what makes photography interesting."
Author: Conrad Hall
15. "And I'm a pretty avid photographer, I've been into photography for years now, so I try to spend some of my free time with that."
Author: Danny McBride
16. "I've been taking photographs since I was a teenager, and fashion has taught me a lot more about photography. It's definitely inspired me."
Author: Daria Werbowy
17. "I was always painting when I was a kid. But then when I handled a camera when I was 17, that was it for me. I loved photography. I would work 4 or 5 hours a day. It was like a calling."
Author: David LaChapelle
18. "Photographers tend not to photograph what they can't see, which is the very reason one should try to attempt it. Otherwise we're going to go on forever just photographing more faces and more rooms and more places. Photography has to transcend description. It has to go beyond description to bring insight into the subject, or reveal the subject, not as it looks, but how does it feel?"
Author: Duane Michals
19. "Digital photography and Photoshop have made it very easy for people to take pictures. It's a medium that allows a lot of mediocre stuff to get through."
Author: Edward Burtynsky
20. "When I first became interested in photography, I thought it was the whole cheese. My idea was to have it recognized as one of the fine arts. Today I don't give a hoot in hell about that. The mission of photography is to explain man to man and each man to himself."
Author: Edward Steichen
21. "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."
Author: Elliott Erwitt
22. "Look at lots of exhibitions and books, and don't get hung up on cameras and technical things. Photography is about images."
Author: Fay Godwin
23. "Light makes photography. Embrace light. Admire it. Love it. But above all, know light. Know it for all you are worth, and you will know the key to photography."
Author: George Eastman
24. "Just like zillions of children, album covers educated and informed me, and certainly did I later transpose organically, rather than by intent, those principles both in fashion design and photography."
Author: Hedi Slimane
25. "I feed on art more than I ever do on photographs. I can admire photography, but I wouldn't go to it out of hunger."
Author: Irving Penn
26. "I began after college, about 1972. I began to teach myself photography. I went to work for a local newspaper for four years as a kind of basic training."
Author: James Nachtwey
27. "Magazines that depend on photography, and design, and long reads, and quality stuff, are going to do just fine despite the Internet and cable news."
Author: Jann Wenner
28. "If I had to start over, I'd pursue photography - probably to the exclusion of acting."
Author: Jessica Lange
29. "I paint in acrylic and sometimes in oil. Sometimes I'll paint my kids. And I'll occasionally do some photography."
Author: Jim Lee
30. "He was a very generous soul and was exceptionally dedicated to the medium of photography."
Author: John Sexton
31. "As much as I love music, in my mind, photography is what makes me the happiest - that's for sure."
Author: Julian Lennon
32. "Photography is all about secrets. The secrets we all have and will never tell."
Author: Kim Edwards
33. "All my film ideas and subjects have come from photography."
Author: Lauren Greenfield
34. "I became enamored with photography when I was about 13 or 14 years old. I've been at it ever since. I studied seriously in the '70s."
Author: Leonard Nimoy
35. "For example, Michael Mann's film Collateral - there is certain kinds of stories that lend themselves to digital photography. Some things are very raw stories that digital photography kind of lends itself to."
Author: Matthew Modine
36. "Photography started as a means of getting reference material for my paintings of nature subjects."
Author: Nigel Dennis
37. "I had been teaching myself photography."
Author: Ree Drummond
38. "People don't have time to wait for somebody to paint their portraits anymore. The money is in photography."
Author: Robert Mapplethorpe
39. "...The editors of (i)Life(i) rejected Kerész'a photographs when he arrived in the United States in 1937 because, they said, his images 'spoke too much'; they made us reflect, suggested a meaning — a different meaning from the literal one. Ultimately, Photography is subversive not when it frightens, repels, or even stigmatizes, but when it is (i)pensive(i), when it thinks."
Author: Roland Barthes
40. "[Photography] allows me to accede to an infra-knowledge; it supplies me with a collection of partial objects and can flatter a certain fetishism of mine: for this 'me' which like knowledge, which nourishes a kind of amorous preference for it. In the same way, I like certain biographical features which, in a writer's life, delight me as much as certain photographs; I have called these features 'biographemes'; Photography has the same relation to History that the biographeme has to biography."
Author: Roland Barthes
41. "The Winter Photograph was my Ariadne, not because it would help me discover a secret thing (monster or treasure), but because it would tell me what constituted that thread which drew me toward Photography. I had understood that henceforth I must interrogate the evidence of Photography, not from the viewpoint of pleasure, but in relation to what we romantically call love and death."
Author: Roland Barthes
42. "Usually the amateur is defined as an immature state of the artist: someone who cannot — or will not — achieve the mastery of a profession. But in the field of photographic practice, it is the amateur, on the contrary, who is the assumption of the professional: for it is he who stands closer to the (i)noeme(i) of Photography."
Author: Roland Barthes
43. "Editorial photography has to be energetic and visually competitive."
Author: Sam Abell
44. "How the visual world appears is important to me. I'm always aware of the light. I'm always aware of what I would call the 'deep composition.' Photography in the field is a process of creation, of thought and technique. But ultimately, it's an act of imaginatively seeing from within yourself."
Author: Sam Abell
45. "As in any person's life, there have been difficult moments: I have a son with Down's syndrome; through my photography, I have witnessed all manner of human degradation. But there have also been very happy moments."
Author: Sebastiao Salgado
46. "I mean, certainly writing, painting, photography, dance, architecture, there is an aspect of almost every art form that is useful and that merges into film in some way."
Author: Sydney Pollack
47. "Videos are more like photography. It's not as much about trying to tell a story as it is creating images."
Author: Tatyana Ali
48. "As an avid photographer, I also took advantage of the latest technology in photography - digital photography - to post photos on my website on a daily basis."
Author: Tipper Gore
49. "Black-and-white photography, which I was doing in the very early days, was essentially called art photography and usually consisted of landscapes by people like Ansel Adams and Edward Weston. But photographs by people like Adams didn't interest me."
Author: William Eggleston
50. "I wanted to be a scientist. I did a thesis on lions. But I realised photography can show things writing can't. Lions were my professor of photography."
Author: Yann Arthus Bertrand

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