As cheesy as it may sound, quotes have had a profound impact on my life. In general, a good quote can can become a mantra that gets me through hard times, changes my perspective, or motivates me to make life-changing decisions. Here a few of my favorite photography quotes and what they mean to me.
Diane Arbus | Documentary Photographer
As a street photographer, Diane Arbus captured elements of humanity often ignored or overlooked. Photography tells the stories of the people and places we don’t want to see, but also captures the beauty of life’s fleeting moments.
Richard Avedon | Fashion Photographer
Photography has become a part of my identity, a source of stress relief, pride, and fulfilment; without it, something feels missing.
Alfred Stieglitz | Pioneer Of Photography As Art
Has the statement “wow, your camera takes great photos” offended you? It’s an insult because photography is a skill that takes years of practice; it’s not the camera that takes good photos, it’s the photographer.
Edward Weston | Nature Photographer
Photography doesn’t have to be groundbreaking, there is beauty in the simple things.
Robert Capa | Photojournalist and War Photographer
This is one of the first photography quotes I every heard which influenced me to become a macro photographer. I didn’t think my photos were good enough, so I kept getting closer. Getting closer removes clutter and places a stronger emphasis on the subject. This applies to any subject not just macro photography.
Imogen Cunningham | Floral and Street Photographer
You don’t have to meet a certain criterion to consider yourself a talented photographer; you are the creator and you decide what makes a good photo.
Paul Strand | Modernist Photographer
This quote became especially meaningful during COVID-19. I used to think I needed to travel far and wide in order to create meaningful art, but COVID forced me to learn to appreciate the beauty in my own home and city.
Ansel Adams | Landscape Photographer
Photographers spend a lifetime building a portfolio that makes a difference. The vast majority of your photos may be good, but you may only create a few masterpieces in a lifetime and that is ok.
Ted Grant | Photojournalist
Black and white photography removes the distraction color creates and forces the viewer to focus on the characteristics of the scene.
Ernst Haas | Photojournalist
Don’t take pictures you think others will like. Shoot for yourself and don’t get caught in the validation trap.
Henri Cartier-Bresson | Street Photographer
Bourgeois is a characteristic of the middle class, or as I interpret it in this context–bland and unoriginal. Don’t be afraid to explore unconventional methods, including the use of motion and blur.
David Alan Harvey | Contemporary Photographer
Good photography invokes emotion and you create a mood even when people aren’t the subject.
Miguel Syjuco | Journalist
On the surface this quote is telling you to move around and shoot from different angles, but it also feels like a metaphor for life.
Andy Warhol | Artist and Filmmaker
Photography stops time and allows us to re-live moments long after the people or experiences are gone.
David Bailey | Portrait Photographer
It takes a special skill to transform ordinary objects into a masterpiece.
Marc Riboud | Documentary Photographer
Photographers absorb every detail in their environment when they search for photo opportunities.
Aaron Siskind | Abstract Photographer
The beauty of photography is turning the ordinary into something extraordinary. Capture the details of light, textures, or colors brings attention to everyday objects and creates striking images even with seemingly mundane subjects.
Michael Kenna | Modern Black & White Landscape Photographer
One thing I love the most about photography is it forces me to slow down and appreciate the little things. In search of interesting photos I take the time I observe details others miss and it improves the experience for me.