Damien Franco PRO 2:00am, 22 October 2008
What are some of your favorite photography quotes?

I'll kick things off with this little gem:

"The camera's only job is to get out of the way of making photographs." - Ken Rockwell
gigantic rock [deleted] 10 years ago
I've got loads, but this is one I'm working with at the moment:

"You've got to struggle against the pollution of intelligence in order to become an animal with very sharp instincts - a sort of intuitive medium - so that to photograph becomes a magical act, and slowly other more suggestive images begin to appear behind the visible image, for which the photographer cannot be held responsible"

- Robert Doisneau, A Photographer's Life by Peter Hamilton.
tru pettit 10 years ago
I'm a quote-aholic....

"When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence." Ansel Adams
NetDep PRO 10 years ago
From my profile....

"I really believe there are things nobody would see if I didn't photograph them."

-Diane Arbus

"A photograph is neither taken nor seized by force. It offers itself up. It is the photo that takes you. One must not take photos."

-Henri Cartier-Bresson

...and one recently hear from a podcast where Rick Sammon was interviewed..."The camera looks both ways."....perfect - what we photograph says as much about us as our images say about what we photograph.
Robert Capa a famous war photographer had this to say:

"To me war is like an aging actress—more and more dangerous and less and less photogenic."

Another great quote that I have paraphrased in the past by Capa is:

"If your photographs aren't good enough, you're not close enough."

To me these are the wisest of words to shoot by!
scalespeeder PRO 10 years ago
"Photography is an immediate reaction, drawing a meditation" - HCB.
cunningba PRO 10 years ago
I liked this one so much I've used it at the top of my Zazzle gallery (

"Photography makes one conscious of beauty everywhere, even in the simplest things, even in what is often considered commonplace or ugly. Yet nothing is really 'ordinary’, for every fragment of the world is crowned with wonder and mystery, and a great and surprising beauty.”

-- Alvin Langdon Coburn
herosipet 10 years ago
This is not mine.
I read this here once in flickr.
I don't remember where.

I Love This Quote.

Rookies seeks sharper immage.
Pro's seeks to make money.
Artist seeks light.

jeffegg2 PRO 10 years ago
"Oh shit!"
Blaidd0905 PRO 10 years ago
Here is one I find funny:

"Film is what you find on your teeth when you wake up in the morning." - Vincent Versace
pass_lake PRO Posted 10 years ago. Edited by pass_lake (member) 10 years ago
" A photgraph is a secret within a secret"
-Diane Arbus
HWPhillips 10 years ago
"The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera." - Dorothea Lange
gigantic rock [deleted] 10 years ago
Working on a new one now:

Learning when not to photograph is one of the most important lessons of photography.
Trying really, really hard is not the same as getting it right.

Joe Cornish, Light and the Art of Landscape Photography.
Life is like photography; we develop from the negatives.
~ Unknown Author
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