Photography Quotes and Sayings

Photography Quotes and Sayings

Here’s some of my favourite photography quotes. Some of them are philosophical, some clever and simply statements. Please feel free to add your favourite ones as a comment.

Ernest Hemingway: “Good pictures, what camera do you use?”
Irving Penn: “What typewriter do you use?”

Your camera takes nice pictures” (I’ve had people tell me this!)
“Thanks, your mouth makes nice compliments”

“Behind every photographer is a bored partner.”

“I’ll only be a minute.” (taking to the people you’re walking with.) – me/every photographer.

“Cameras don’t take great pictures, people do.”

“The camera sees more than the eye, so why not make use of it?” – Edward Weston

“I hope you enjoy looking at my pictures half as much as I enjoyed making them.”- Hugh Hamill. I don’t if he got the quote from elsewhere but I like it.

“It is more important to click with people than to click the shutter” – Alfred Eisenstaedt

“I like photographs which leave something to the imagination” – Fay Godwin

“A good snapshot stops a moment from running away” – Eudora Welty

“There is a vast difference between taking a picture and making a photograph” – Robert Heinecken

“If I could tell the story in words, I wouldn’t need to lug around a camera” – Lewis Hine

“Sometimes the simplest pictures are the hardest to get” – Neil Leifer

“If you are out there shooting, things will happen for you. If you’re not out there, you’ll only hear about it” – Jay Maisel

“No place is boring, if you’ve had a good night’s sleep and have a pocket full of unexposed film” – Robert Adams

“Which of the photographs is my favorite? The one I’m going to take tomorrow” – Imogen Cunningham

“f/8 and be there” – unknown

1 Comment

  1. PhotoPatzer
    June 3, 2011 at 18:32 — Reply

    Great stuff, Patrick!

    Love the Jay Maisel quote.

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