Camera Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old camera quotes, camera sayings, and camera proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


A film is never really good unless the camera is an eye in the head of a poet.     

Orson Welles

The camera makes you forget you're there. It's not like you are hiding but you forget, you are just looking so much.     

Annie Leibovitz

They say the camera never lies. It lies every day.     

Cesar Romero

One should really use the camera as though tomorrow you'd be stricken blind.     

Dorothea Lange

The camera makes everyone a tourist in other people's reality, and eventually in one's own.     

Susan Sontag

A movie camera is like having someone you have a crush on watching you from afar - you pretend it's not there.     

Tom Stoppard

The camera is the slave to the actor.     

John Cassavetes

The camera relieves us of the burden of memory. It surveys us like God, and it surveys for us. Yet no other god has been so cynical, for the camera records in order to forget.     

John Berger

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

Harold Evans

The older you get, the farther from the camera you need to be.     

Heather Locklear

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

Dirk Bogarde

The camera points both ways. In expressing the subject you also express yourself.     

Freeman Patterson

The camera is one of the greatest liars of our time.     

John Gunther

A camera exposes more than just an image. It also exposes the photographer.     

Steve Coleman

If you think it, the camera will see it.     

Wes Craven

The camera is as subjective as we are.     

Bertrand Russell

Only the camera seems to be really capable of describing modern life.     

Alexander Rodchenko

The camera is interested in what you are thinking as opposed to just what you are doing or saying.     

Ajay Naidu

Your camera is the best critic there is. Critics never see as much as the camera does. It is more perceptive than the human eye.     

Douglas Sirk

Cameras get in the way of seeing.     

Le Corbusier

The camera is a mirror with a memory, but it cannot think.     

Arnold Newman

Looking into the camera creates a special eye and soul contact.     

Chiara Ferragni

When you are a photographer, you work all the time, because your eye is the first camera.     

Patrick Demarchelier

You know, the camera is not meant just to show misery.     

Gordon Parks

The camera can be the most deadly weapon since the assassin's bullet. Or it can be the lotion of the heart.     

Norman Parkinson

The single most important component of a camera is the twelve inches behind it.     

Ansel Adams

The camera is no more an instrument of preservation, the image is.     

Berenice Abbott

The thrill of being in front of a camera remains exactly the same.     

Julie Andrews

The camera is the eye of history.     

Mathew Brady

The camera is a fluid way of encountering that other reality.     

Jerry Uelsmann