Photograph Sayings and Quotes

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

Photographers mistake the emotion they feel while taking the photo as a judgment that the photograph is good.     

Garry Winogrand

A camera is a save button for the mind's eye.     

Roger Kingston

A photograph is a moral decision taken in one eighth of a second.     

Salman Rushdie

Character, like a photograph, develops in darkness.     

Yousuf Karsh

A photograph is the illusion of a literal description of how the camera saw a piece of time and space.     

Garry Winogrand

Its one thing to make a picture of what a person looks like, its another thing to make a portrait of who they are.     

Paul Caponigro

Photographs open doors into the past, but they also allow a look into the future.     

Sally Mann

The best thing about a picture is that it never changes, even when the people in it do.     

Andy Warhol

A good snapshot keeps a moment from running away.     

Eudora Welty

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

Abraham Lincoln

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

Ted Grant

It is more important to click with people than to click the shutter.     

Alfred Eisenstaedt

A photograph is a click away. A good photograph is a thousand clicks away and a better one, a million clicks away.     

Kowtham Kumar

There is one thing the photograph must contain, the humanity of the moment.     

Robert Frank

Taking pictures is savoring life intensely, every hundredth of a second.     

Marc Riboud

A click of the shutter, a crank of the film, and you've caught forever a significant bit of life.     

Willis Peterson

We are making photographs to understand what our lives mean to us.     

Ralph Hattersley

Taking an image, freezing a moment, reveals how rich reality truly is.     


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

Ansel Adams

Seeing is not enough; you have to feel what you photograph.     

Andre Kertesz

To take a photograph is to participate in another person's mortality, vulnerability, mutability. Precisely by slicing out this moment and freezing it, all photographs testify to time's relentless melt.     

Susan Sontag

In photography there is a reality so subtle that it becomes more real than reality.     

Alfred Stieglitz

Great photography is about depth of feeling, not depth of field.     

Peter Adams

If you want to be a better photographer, stand in front of more interesting stuff.     

Jim Richardson

To take photographs means to recognize simultaneously and within a fraction of a. It is putting one's head, one's eye and one's heart on the same axis.     

Henri Cartier-Bresson

A good photograph is knowing where to stand.     

Ansel Adams

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

Dorothea Lange

Photography is a contest between a photographer and the presumptions of approximate and habitual seeing. The contest can be held anywhere.     

John Szarkowski

The picture that you took with your camera is the imagination you want to create with reality.     

Scott Lorenzo

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