Photography Quotes

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

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

Ansel Adams
“You don't make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.”
Ansel Adams

Abraham Lincoln
“There are no bad pictures; that's just how your face looks sometimes.”
Abraham Lincoln

Ted Grant
“When you photograph people in color, you photograph their clothes. But when you photograph people in Black and white, you photograph their souls!”
Ted Grant

Diane Arbus
“A picture is a secret about a secret, the more it tells you the less you know.”
Diane Arbus

Susan Sontag
“All photographs are memento mori. To take a photograph is to participate in another person’s (or thing’s) mortality, vulnerability, mutability. Precisely by slicing out this moment and freezing it, all photographs testify to time’s relentless melt.”
Susan Sontag

Marc Riboud
“Taking pictures is savoring life intensely, every hundredth of a second.”
Marc Riboud

Ansel Adams
“You don't take a photograph, you make it.”
Ansel Adams

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

Eudora Welty
“A good snapshot keeps a moment from running away.”
Eudora Welty

Susan Sontag
“To photograph people is to violate them, by seeing them as they never see themselves, by having knowledge of them that they can never have; it turns people into objects that can be symbolically possessed. Just as a camera is a sublimation of the gun, to photograph someone is a subliminal murder - a soft murder, appropriate to a sad, frightened time.”
Susan Sontag, On Photography

Kate Morton
“It is a cruel, ironical art, photography. The dragging of captured moments into the future; moments that should have been allowed to be evaporate into the past; should exist only in memories, glimpsed through the fog of events that came after. Photographs force us to see people before their future weighed them down....”
Kate Morton, The House at Riverton

Ansel Adams
“To the complaint, 'There are no people in these photographs,' I respond, There are always two people: the photographer and the viewer.”
Ansel Adams

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

Ansel Adams
“A great photograph is one that fully expresses what one feels, in the deepest sense, about what is being photographed.”
Ansel Adams

Henri Cartier-Bresson
“For me, the camera is a sketch book, an instrument of intuition and spontaneity.”
Henri Cartier-Bresson

Robert Frank
“When people look at my pictures I want them to feel the way they do when they want to read a line of a poem twice.”
Robert Frank

Susan Sontag
“Today everything exists to end in a photograph.”
Susan Sontag

Ansel Adams
“There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs.”
Ansel Adams

Yann Arthus-Bertrand
“The Earth is Art, The Photographer is only a Witness ”
Yann Arthus-Bertrand, Earth from Above

Kim Edwards
“Photography is all about secrets. The secrets we all have and will never tell.”
Kim Edwards, The Memory Keeper's Daughter

Ansel Adams
“Sometimes I arrive just when God's ready to have somone click the shutter.”
Ansel Adams

Mahatma Gandhi
“I believe in equality for everyone, except reporters and photographers.”
Mahatma Gandhi

Charlotte Eriksson
“... so this is for us.
This is for us who sing, write, dance, act, study, run and love
and this is for doing it even if no one will ever know
because the beauty is in the act of doing it.
Not what it can lead to.
This is for the times I lose myself while writing, singing, playing
and no one is around and they will never know
but I will forever remember
and that shines brighter than any praise or fame or glory I will ever have,
and this is for you who write or play or read or sing
by yourself with the light off and door closed
when the world is asleep and the stars are aligned
and maybe no one will ever hear it
or read your words
or know your thoughts
but it doesn’t make it less glorious.
It makes it ethereal. Mysterious.
Infinite.
For it belongs to you and whatever God or spirit you believe in
and only you can decide how much it meant
and means
and will forever mean
and other people will experience it too
through you.
Through your spirit. Through the way you talk.
Through the way you walk and love and laugh and care
and I never meant to write this long
but what I want to say is:
Don’t try to present your art by making other people read or hear or see or touch it; make them feel it. Wear your art like your heart on your sleeve and keep it alive by making people feel a little better. Feel a little lighter. Create art in order for yourself to become yourself
and let your very existence be your song, your poem, your story.
Let your very identity be your book.
Let the way people say your name sound like the sweetest melody.

So go create. Take photographs in the wood, run alone in the rain and sing your heart out high up on a mountain
where no one will ever hear
and your very existence will be the most hypnotising scar.
Make your life be your art
and you will never be forgotten.”
Charlotte Eriksson

Ansel Adams
“There is nothing worse than a sharp image of a fuzzy concept.”
Ansel Adams

Robert Frank
“The eye should learn to listen before it looks.”
Robert Frank

Salman Rushdie
“A photograph is a moral decision taken in one eighth of a second. ”
Salman Rushdie, The Ground Beneath Her Feet

Nan Goldin
“I used to think that I could never lose anyone if I photographed them enough. In fact, my pictures show me how much I’ve lost.”
Nan Goldin

George Bernard Shaw
“A photographer is like a cod, which produces a million eggs in order that one may reach maturity.”
George Bernard Shaw

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