Photography Quotes (137)

Quotes and citations about photography


Photography helps people to see.

By : Berenice Abbott

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Does not the very word 'creative' mean to build, to initiate, to give out, to act - rather than to be acted upon, to be subjective? Living photography is positive in its approach, it sings a song of life - not death.

By : Berenice Abbott

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

By : Berenice Abbott

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Photography can never grow up if it imitates some other medium. It has to walk alone

By : Berenice Abbott

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As I have practiced it, photography produces pleasure by simplicity. I see something special and show it to the camera. A picture is produced. The moment is held until someone sees it. Then it is theirs.

By : Sam Abell

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

By : Sam Abell

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Landscape photography is the supreme test of the photographer - and often the supreme disappointment.

By : Ansel Adams

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It is my intention to present - through the medium of photography - intuitive observations of the natural world which may have meaning to the spectators.

By : Ansel Adams

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Photography, as a powerful medium of expression and communications, offers an infinite variety of perception, interpretation and execution.

By : Ansel Adams

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Photography is more than a medium for factual communication of ideas. It is a creative art.

By : Ansel Adams

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Videos are more like photography. It's not as much about trying to tell a story as it is creating images.

By : Tatyana Ali

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In my photography, color and composition are inseparable. I see in color.

By : William Albert Allard

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I threw myself into this artform because photography had given me a new sense of mission and identity.

By : Bob Anderson

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I always thought of photography as a naughty thing to do - that was one of my favorite things about it, and when I first did it, I felt very perverse.

By : Diane Arbus

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It takes a lot of imagination to be a good photographer. You need less imagination to be a painter because you can invent things. But in photography everything is so ordinary

By : David Bailey

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A lot of people want to make films and do photography and things, but I'm quite happy doing what I'm doing.

By : Syd Barrett

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Photography does not create eternity, as art does

By : Andre Bazin

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When I was teaching at Harvard in the 1970s, I went to Project Incorporated in Cambridge and took photography classes. I didn't even know how to aim the camera in those days.

By : Ann Beattie

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

By : John Berger

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Photography is still a very new medium and everything must be tried and dare.

By : Bill Brandt

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I just love the world of photography.

By : Brooke Burke

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I treat the photograph as a work of great complexity in which you can find drama. Add to that a careful composition of landscapes, live photography, the right music and interviews with people, and it becomes a style.

By : Ken Burns

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You know, my parents have always been incredibly supportive. I'm an only child, so we're very close. There's just the three of us. They're exceptional parents but also great friends. My father was able to take his hobby, photography, and turn it into a beautiful career. So when they saw how much I loved acting, they were 100 percent behind me.

By : Sophia Bush

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I wish more people felt that photography was an adventure the same as life itself and felt that their individual feelings were worth expressing. To me, that makes photography more exciting.

By : Harry Callahan

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Actually, I'm not all that interested in the subject of photography. Once the picture is in the box, I'm not all that interested in what happens next. Hunters, after all, aren't cooks.

By : Henri Cartier-Bresson

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In photography, the smallest thing can be a great subject. The little, human detail can become a Leitmotiv.

By : Henri Cartier-Bresson

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To me, photography is the simultaneous recognition, in a fraction of a second, of the significance of an event.

By : Henri Cartier-Bresson

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Photography is an immediate reaction, drawing is a meditation.

By : Henri Cartier-Bresson

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I am very much aware of the visual side of things. I do a lot of photography. I often take Polaroids of things that strike me as visually interesting, just to remember them and perhaps use later.

By : Helena Christensen

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I don't think there's any such thing as teaching people photography, other than influencing them a little. People have to be their own learners. They have to have a certain talent.

By : Imogen Cunningham

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All I really wanted to do was wildlife photography.

By : Nigel Dennis

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Big game photography in Africa is mainly done from a vehicle, so then I feel I might as well take the lot.

By : Nigel Dennis

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Photography started as a means of getting reference material for my paintings of nature subjects.

By : Nigel Dennis

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I had done a lot of rock 'n' roll photography when I was in college. I was one of many photographers who worked for The Doors, Jefferson Airplane, and all of these rock 'n' roll bands.

By : John Dykstra

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George Lucas wanted this moving camera for all of the photography in Star Wars. He was willing to take a risk with the concepts that I advanced with regard to ways for doing that.

By : John Dykstra

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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.

By : George Eastman

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Once the amateur's naive approach and humble willingness to learn fades away, the creative spirit of good photography dies with it. Every professional should remain always in his heart an amateur.

By : Alfred Eisenstaedt

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To me, photography is an art of observation. It's about finding something interesting in an ordinary place... I've found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.

By : Elliott Erwitt

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There is one thing the photograph must contain, the humanity of the moment. This kind of photography is realism. But realism is not enough - there has to be vision, and the two together can make a good photograph.

By : Robert Frank

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Black and white are the colors of photography. To me they symbolize the alternatives of hope and despair to which mankind is forever subjected.

By : Robert Frank

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