Photography Sayings and Quotes

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


Photography, alone of the arts, seems perfected to serve the desire humans have for a moment - this very moment - to stay.     

Sam Abell

It's one thing to make a picture of what a person looks like, it's another thing to make a portrait of who they are.     

Paul Caponigro

If your pictures aren't good enough, you're not close enough.     

Robert Capa

What makes photography a strange invention is that its primary raw materials are light and time.     

John Berger

The whole point of taking pictures is so that you don't have to explain things with words.     

Elliott Erwitt

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

Burk Uzzle

There is nothing worse than a sharp image of a fuzzy concept.     

Ansel Adams

Photography for me is not looking, it's feeling. If you can't feel what you're looking at, then you're never going to get others to feel anything when they look at your pictures.     

Dorothea Lange

Photography, as we all know, is not real at all. It is an illusion of reality with which we create our own private world.     

Arnold Newman

Photography is the simplest thing in the world, but it is incredibly complicated to make it really work.     

Martin Parr

One doesn't stop seeing. One doesn't stop framing. It doesn't turn off and turn on. It's on all the time.     

Annie Leibovitz

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

Ansel Adams

Time eventually positions most photographs, even the most amateurish, at the level of art.     

Susan Sontag

One of the difficulties of photography is that it is much better at being explicit than at being reticent.     

Teju Cole