Photography Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old photography quotes, photography sayings, and photography proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

A picture is a secret about a secret, the more it tells you the less you know.     

Diane Arbus

Taking pictures is savoring life intensely, every hundredth of a second.     

Marc Riboud

A good snapshot keeps a moment from running away.     

Eudora Welty

If you see something that moves you, and then snap it, you keep a moment.     

Linda McCartney

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

Alfred Stieglitz

Photograph: a picture painted by the sun without instruction in art.     

Ambrose Bierce

The camera doesn't make a bit of difference. All of them can record what you are seeing. But, you have to SEE.     

Ernst Haas

Maybe because it's entirely an artist's eye, patience and skill that makes an image and not his tools.     

Ken Rockwell

When you photograph people in colour you photograph their clothes. But when you photograph people in B&W, you photograph their souls!     

Ted Grant

Photography does not create eternity, as art does; it embalms time, rescuing it simply from its proper corruption.     

Andre Bazin

The camera cannot lie, but it can be an accessory to untruth.     

Harold Evans

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

Dorothea Lange

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

Photography is a small voice, at best, but sometimes one photograph, or a group of them, can lure our sense of awareness.     

W. Eugene Smith

Most things in life are moments of pleasure and a lifetime of embarrassment; photography is a moment of embarrassment and a lifetime of pleasure.     

Tony Benn

Photography is an art of observation. It has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.     

Elliott Erwitt

A photograph can be an instant of life captured for eternity that will never cease looking back at you.     

Brigitte Bardot

It is one thing to photograph people. It is another to make others care about them by revealing the core of their humanness.     

Paul Strand

Photography is the only language that can be understood anywhere in the world.     


There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs.     

Ansel Adams

You don't take a photograph, you make it.     

Ansel Adams

Beauty can be seen in all things, seeing and composing the beauty is what separates the snapshot from the photograph.     

Matt Hardy

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


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

Ansel Adams

What the human eye observes causally and incuriously, the eye of the camera notes with relentless fidelity.     

Berenice Abbott

Sometimes you can tell a large story with a tiny subject.     

Eliot Porter

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

Berenice Abbott

Photography concentrates one's eye on the superficial. For that reason it obscures the hidden life which glimmers through the outlines of things like a play of light and shade. One can't catch that even with the sharpest lens.     

Karl Heiner

The camera can photograph thought. It's better than a paragraph of sweet polemic.     

Dirk Bogarde

Photography records the gamut of feelings written on the human face, the beauty of the earth and skies that man has inherited and the wealth and confusion man has created.     

Edward Steichen