Photography Quotes and Sayings

Here you can find the best collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous Photography quotes and Photography sayings, and Photography proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

"Not everybody trusts paintings but people believe photographs."

Ansel Adams

"I tried to keep both arts alive, but the camera won. I found that while the camera does not express the soul, perhaps a photograph can!"

Ansel Adams

"A good photograph is knowing where to stand."

Ansel Adams

"Landscape photography is the supreme test of the photographer – and often the supreme disappointment."

Ansel Adams

"It is my intention to present – through the medium of photography – intuitive observations of the natural world which may have meaning to the spectators."

Ansel Adams

"Photography is more than a medium for factual communication of ideas. It is a creative art."

Ansel Adams

"A photograph is usually looked at – seldom looked into."

Ansel Adams

"When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence."

Ansel Adams

"A true photograph need not be explained, nor can it be contained in words."

Ansel Adams

"The camera can photograph thought. It’s better than a paragraph of sweet polemic."

Dirk Bogarde

"Photography records the gamut of feelings written on the human face, the beauty of the earth and skies that man has inherited and the wealth and confusion man has created."

Edward Steichen

"Photography can only represent the present. Once photographed, the subject becomes part of the past."

Berenice Abbott

"Photography concentrates one’s eye on the superficial. For that reason it obscures the hidden life which glimmers through the outlines of things like a play of light and shade. One can’t catch that even with the sharpest lens."

Karl Heiner

"Photography is the only language that can be understood anywhere in the world."


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

Matt Hardy

"I always thought good photos were like good jokes. If you have to explain it, it just isn’t that good."


"What the human eye observes causally and incuriously, the eye of the camera notes with relentless fidelity."

Berenice Abbott

"Sometimes you can tell a large story with a tiny subject."

Eliot Porter

"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

"Photography is a small voice, at best, but sometimes one photograph, or a group of them, can lure our sense of awareness."

W. Eugene Smith

"Most things in life are moments of pleasure and a lifetime of embarrassment; photography is a moment of embarrassment and a lifetime of pleasure."

Tony Benn

"Photography is an art of observation. It has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them."

Elliott Erwitt

"A photograph can be an instant of life captured for eternity that will never cease looking back at you."

Brigitte Bardot

"It is one thing to photograph people. It is another to make others care about them by revealing the core of their humanness."

Paul Strand

"When you photograph people in colour you photograph their clothes. But when you photograph people in B&W, you photograph their souls!"

Ted Grant

"Photography does not create eternity, as art does; it embalms time, rescuing it simply from its proper corruption."

Andre Bazin

"The camera cannot lie, but it can be an accessory to untruth."

Harold Evans

"Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still."

Dorothea Lange

"A good snapshot keeps a moment from running away."

Eudora Welty

"If you see something that moves you, and then snap it, you keep a moment."

Linda McCartney

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