35 Most Inspirational Quotes for Photographers

Inspiration awakens us to new possibilities by allowing us to transcend our ordinary experiences and limitations. Inspiration propels a person from apathy to possibility, and transforms the way we perceive our own capabilities. Our selected list of photography quotes will help you look at the art of photography in a whole new light.


1. “Look and think before opening the shutter. The heart and mind are the true lens of the camera.” — Yousuf Karsh


2. “Great photography is about depth of feeling, not depth of field.” — Peter Adams


3. "If Photoshop is the answer, you're asking the wrong question"

- Dean Farrell


4. “It is more important to click with people than to click the shutter.” — Alfred Eisenstaedt


5. “The more pictures you see, the better you are as a photographer.”

– Robert Mapplethorpe


6. “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


7. “I went into photography because it seemed like the perfect vehicle for commenting on the madness of today’s existence.”

– Robert Mapplethorpe


8. “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


9. “What I like about photographs is that they capture a moment that’s gone forever, impossible to reproduce.”

– Karl Lagerfeld


10. “Photography can light up darkness and expose ignorance.”

– Lewis Hine


11. “A good snapshot stops a moment from running away.”

– Eudora Welty


12. “The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.” — Dorothea Lange


13. “A good photograph is knowing where to stand.”

– Ansel Adams


14. “The picture that you took with your camera is the imagination you want to create with reality.” — Scott Lorenzo


15. “Light makes photography. Embrace light. Admire it. Love it. But above all, know light. Know it for all you are worth, and you will know the key to photography.”

– George Eastman


16. “There will be times when you will be in the field without a camera. And, you will see the most glorious sunset or the most beautiful scene that you have ever witnessed. Don’t be bitter because you can’t record it. Sit down, drink it in, and enjoy it for what it is!”

– DeGriff



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

– Jim Richardson


18. “If the photographer is interested in the people in front of his lens, and if he is compassionate, it’s already a lot. The instrument is not the camera but the photographer.” — Eve Arnold


19. “Don’t shoot what it looks like. Shoot what it feels like.”

– David Alan Harvey


20. “Don’t pack up your camera until you’ve left the location.”

– Joe McNally


21. “I really believe there are things nobody would see if I didn’t photograph them.” — Diane Arbus


22. “It doesn’t matter if you’re photographing a porter in a market in Marrakech or you’re photographing the king of Morroco. You have the same sympathetic approach to everybody. You be nice to everybody, basically.”

– Albert Watson


23. “You just have to live and life will give you pictures.”

– Henri Cartier Bresson


24. “We are making photographs to understand what our lives mean to us.” — Ralph Hattersley


25. “A thing that you see in my pictures is that I was not afraid to fall in love with these people.” — Annie Leibovitz


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

— Andy Warhol


27. “Where light and shadow fall on your subject – that is the essence of expression and art through photography.”

– Scott Bourne


28. “Photograph: a picture painted by the sun without instruction in art.” — Ambrose Bierce


29. “Photography is truth.” — Jean-Luc Godard


30. “If you see something that moves you, and then snap it, you keep a moment.” — Linda McCartney


31. “When people ask me what equipment I use – I tell them my eyes.” — Anonymous


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

– Alfred Stieglitz


33. “A good photograph is one that communicates a fact, touches the heart and leaves the viewer a changed person for having seen it. It is, in a word, effective.”

— Irving Penn


34. "The eye should learn to listen before it looks."

- Robert Frank


35. "For me, the camera is a sketchbook, an instrument of intuition and spontaneity."

- Henri Cartier-Bresson

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