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Quotes & Sayings from some of my favorite Photographers


Alfred Stieglitz in 1902 by Gertrude KäsebierAlfred Stieglitz Quotes & Sayings

“Beautiful dreams - if the world were more beautiful they would come true - But the world is relentless & cruel - people are - they must be, I suppose, or they could not live.” ― Alfred Stieglitz

“Before the people at large, and for that matter, the artists themselves, understand what photography really means, as I understand that term, it is essential for them to be taught the real meaning of art.” ― Alfred Stieglitz

“I am not a painter, nor an artist. Therefore I can see straight, and that may be my undoing.” ― Alfred Stieglitz

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

“I was born in Hoboken. I am an American. Photography is my passion. The search for Truth my obsession.” ― Alfred Stieglitz

“The arts equally have distinct departments, and unless photography has its own possibilities of expression, separate from those of the other arts, it is merely a process, not an art.” ― Alfred Stieglitz

“The goal of art was the vital expression of self.” ― Alfred Stieglitz

“We had many books and pictures... my parents' way of life doubtless left a lasting impression on me. They created an atmosphere in which a certain kind of freedom could exist. This may well account for my seeking a related sense of liberty as I grew up.” ― Alfred Stieglitz

“When I make a picture, I make love.” ― Alfred Stieglitz

“Wherever there is light, one can photograph.” ― Alfred Stieglitz



Ansel Adams Famous Quotes & SayingsAnsel Adams Quotes & Sayings

“A good photograph is knowing where to stand.” ― Ansel Adams

“A photograph is usually looked at- seldom looked into.” ― Ansel Adams

“Dodging and burning are steps to take care of mistakes God made in establishing tonal relationships.” ― Ansel Adams

“It is horrifying that we have to fight our own government to save the environment.” ― Ansel Adams

“There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs.” ― Ansel Adams

“There is nothing worse than a sharp image of a fuzzy concept.” ― Ansel Adams

“To the complaint, 'There are no people in these photographs,' I respond, There are always two people: the photographer and the viewer.” ― Ansel Adams

“You don't make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.” ― Ansel Adams

“You don’t take a photograph, you make it.” ― Ansel Adams

“When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.” ― Ansel Adams



Diane Arbus in c. 1949 by Allan ArbusDiane Arbus Quotes & Sayings

“A photograph is a secret about a secret. The more it tells you, the less you know.” ― Diane Arbus

“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.” ― Diane Arbus

“I never have taken a picture I’ve intended. They’re always better or worse.” ― Diane Arbus

“I really believe there are things nobody would see if I didn't photograph them.” ― Diane Arbus

“I work from awkwardness. By that I mean I don't like to arrange things. If I stand in front of something, instead of arranging it, I arrange myself.” ― Diane Arbus

“Love involves a peculiar unfathomable combination of understanding and misunderstanding.” ― Diane Arbus

“Most people go through life dreading they'll have a traumatic experience. Freaks were born with their trauma. They've already passed their test in life. They're aristocrats.” ― Diane Arbus

“My favourite thing is to go where I've never been.” ― Diane Arbus

“Regardless of how you feel inside, always try to look like a winner. Even if you are behind, a sustained look of control and confidence can give you a mental edge that results in victory.” ― Diane Arbus

“The thing that's important to know is that you never know. You're always sort of feeling your way.” ― Diane Arbus



Henri Cartier-Bresson Famous Quotes & SayingsHenri Cartier-Bresson Quotes & Sayings

“During the work, you have to be sure that you haven't left any holes, that you've captured everything, because afterwards it will be too late.” ― Henri Cartier-Bresson

“For me, the camera is a sketch book, an instrument of intuition and spontaneity.” ― Henri Cartier-Bresson

“In photography, the smallest thing can be a great subject. The little, human detail can become a Leitmotiv.” ― Henri Cartier-Bresson

“Memory is very important, the memory of each photo taken, flowing at the same speed as the event. During the work, you have to be sure that you haven't left any holes, that you've captured everything, because afterwards it will be too late.” ― Henri Cartier-Bresson

“Photographers deal in things which are continually vanishing and when they have vanished there is no contrivance on earth which can make them come back again.” ― Henri Cartier-Bresson

“The most difficult thing for me is a portrait. You have to try and put your camera between the skin of a person and his shirt.” ― Henri Cartier-Bresson

“Think about the photo before and after, never during. The secret is to take your time. You mustn't go too fast. The subject must forget about you. Then, however, you must be very quick.” ― Henri Cartier-Bresson

“To photograph is to hold one's breath, when all faculties converge to capture fleeting reality. It's at that precise moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy.” ― Henri Cartier-Bresson

“To me, photography is the simultaneous recognition, in a fraction of a second, of the significance of an event.” ― Henri Cartier-Bresson

“To take photographs means to recognize - simultaneously and within a fraction of a second - both the fact itself and the rigorous organization of visually perceived forms that give it meaning. It is putting one's head, one's eye and one's heart on the same axis.” ― Henri Cartier-Bresson



Robert Capa by Gerda TaroRobert Capa Quotes & Sayings

“I am a gambler. I decided to go in with Company E in the first wave.” ― Robert Capa

“If your pictures aren't good enough, you aren't close enough.” ― Robert Capa

“In a war, you must hate somebody or love somebody; you must have a position or you cannot stand what goes on.” ― Robert Capa

“This war is like an actress who is getting old. It is less and less photogenic and more and more dangerous.” ― Robert Capa

“I would say that the war correspondent gets more drinks, more girls, better pay, and greater freedom than the soldier, but at this stage of the game, having the freedom to choose his spot and being allowed to be a coward and not be executed for it is his torture.” ― Robert Capa

“For a war correspondent to miss an invasion is like refusing a date with Lana Turner.” ― Robert Capa

“The truth is the best picture, the best propaganda.” ― Robert Capa

“I hope to stay unemployed as a war photographer till the end of my life.” ― Robert Capa

“It's not always easy to stand aside and be unable to do anything except record the sufferings around one.” ― Robert Capa

“The pictures are there, and you just take them.” ― Robert Capa



Yousuf Karsh Famous Quotes & SayingsYousuf Karsh Quotes & Sayings

“Character, like a photograph, develops in darkness.” ― Yousuf Karsh

I have found that great people do have in common an immense belief in themselves and in their mission. They also have great determination as well as an ability to work hard. At the crucial moment of decision, they draw on their accumulated wisdom. Above all, they have integrity.” ― Yousuf Karsh

“I try to photograph people's spirits and thoughts. As to the soul-taking by the photographer, I don't feel I take away, but rather that the sitter and I give to each other. It becomes an act of mutual participation.” ― Yousuf Karsh

“If there is a single quality that is shared by all great men, it is vanity. But I mean by "vanity" only that they appreciate their own worth. Without this kind of vanity they would not be great. And with vanity alone, of course, a man is nothing.” ― Yousuf Karsh

“I’ve also seen that great men are often lonely. This is understandable, because they have built such high standards for themselves that they often feel alone. But that same loneliness is part of their ability to create.” ― Yousuf Karsh

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

“The trouble with photographing beautiful women is that you never get into the dark room until after they've gone.” ― Yousuf Karsh

“There is a brief moment when all there is in a man's mind and soul and spirit is reflected through his eyes, his hands, his attitude. This is the moment to record.” ― Yousuf Karsh

“Within every man and woman a secret is hidden, and as a photographer it is my task to reveal it if I can. The revelation, if it comes at all, will come in a small fraction of a second with an unconscious gesture, a gleam of the eye, a brief lifting of the mask that all humans wear to conceal their innermost selves from the world. In that fleeting interval of opportunity the photographer must act or lose his prize.” ― Yousuf Karsh

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