All my favorite quotes about photography in one place!

You don’t take a photograph, you make it. - Ansel Adams

Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst. – Henri Cartier-Bresson

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

I always thought good photos were like good jokes. If you have to explain it, it just isn’t that good. – Anonymous

Twelve significant photographs in any one year is a good crop. –Ansel Adams

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

Skill in photography is acquired by practice and not by purchase. – Percy W. Harris

Of course it’s all luck. – Henri Cartier-Bresson

I am not interested in rules or conventions. Photography is not a sport. — Bill Brandt

A lot of photographers think that if they buy a better camera they’ll be able to take better photographs. A better camera won’t do a thing for you if you don’t have anything in your head or in your heart. – Arnold Newman

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

If you want to be a better photographer, stand in front of more interesting stuff. – Jim Richardson

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. – Elliott Erwitt

There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs. – Ansel Adams

There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer.  -  Ansel Adams


Photography is not about the thing photographed. It is about how that thing looks photographed. - Garry Winogrand

Great photography is about depth of feeling, not depth of field.  -  Peter Adams

There is only you and your camera. The limitations in your photography are in yourself, for what we see is what we are.  - Ernst Haas

It is an illusion that photos are made with the camera… they are made with the eye, heart and head. – Henri Cartier-Bresson

Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still.  -  Dorothea Lange

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

Everyone has a photographic memory, but not everyone has film.  -  Anonymous

A photograph is a portrait painted by the sun.  -  Author Unknown

A photograph is neither taken or seized by force. It offers itself up. It is the photo that takes you. One must not take photos. – Henri Cartier-Bresson