Quotations About Photography – Can You Add One?


“One should really use the camera as though tomorrow you’d be stricken blind.” — Dorothea Lange

“You don’t have to sort of enhance reality. There is nothing stranger than truth.” — Annie Leibovitz

“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science.”  Albert Einstein

“I found the best light in the dark.” – Arturo Macias

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

Reflections

“A great photograph is one that fully expresses what one feels, in the deepest sense, about what is being photographed.” – Ansel Adams

“You are lucky if you take one, maybe two good pictures in a year.” – Thomas Hoepker

Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. – Scott Adams

“Creativity is the ability to give the world something it didn’t know it was missing” – Daniel Pink

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

I can look at a fine art photograph and sometimes I can hear music.- Ansel Adams

The negative is the equivalent of the composer’s score, and the print the performance.- Ansel Adams

A good photograph is knowing where to stand.- Ansel Adams

Early Morning, West of Mono Lake

I am always surprised when I see several cameras, a gaggle on lenses, filters, meters, et cetera, rattling around in a soft bag with a complement of refuse and dust. Sometimes the professional is the worst offender!- Ansel Adams

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

If you want reality take the bus.- David LaChapelle

The sheer ease with which we can produce a superficial image often leads to creative disaster.- Ansel Adams

If a day goes by without my doing something related to photography, it’s as though I’ve neglected something essential to my existence, as though I had forgotten to wake up.- Richard Avedon

Anything that excites me for any reason, I will photograph; not searching for unusual subject matter, but making the commonplace unusual.- Edward Weston

A Ming vase can be well-designed and well-made and is beautiful for that reason alone. I don’t think this can be true for photography. Unless there is something a little incomplete and a little strange, it will simply look like a copy of something pretty. We won’t take an interest in it.- John Loengard

One photo out of focus is a mistake, ten photos out of focus are an experimentation, one hundred photo out of focus are a style.- Author Unknown

A true photograph interprets a moment. It’s that interpretation that makes that photograph unique. -Robert Ash

A. Ask yourself this question: What does this image need that it can get only from me?

B. Get closer to the subject, both literally and figuratively; no one else will do it quite how you do it.

C. Don’t fill your image with so much content that there is then too little room for yourself. – Ted Dayton

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

9 thoughts on “Quotations About Photography – Can You Add One?

  1. A. Ask yourself this question:
    What does this image need that it can get only from me?

    B. Get closer to the subject, both literally and figuratively;
    no one else will do it quite how you do it.

    C. Don’t fill your image with so much content that there is
    then too little room for yourself.

  2. Not just one! I have a bunch of favorites, which I discuss in my workshop, “50 Quick Tips, Part 2”:

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

    I can look at a fine art photograph and sometimes I can hear music.
    – Ansel Adams

    The negative is the equivalent of the composer’s score, and the print the performance.
    – Ansel Adams

    A good photograph is knowing where to stand.
    – Ansel Adams

    I am always surprised when I see several cameras, a gaggle on lenses, filters, meters, et cetera, rattling around in a soft bag with a complement of refuse and dust. Sometimes the professional is the worst offender!
    – Ansel Adams

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

    If you want reality take the bus.
    – David LaChapelle

    The sheer ease with which we can produce a superficial image often leads to creative disaster.
    – Ansel Adams

    If a day goes by without my doing something related to photography, it’s as though I’ve neglected something essential to my existence, as though I had forgotten to wake up.
    – Richard Avedon

    Anything that excites me for any reason, I will photograph; not searching for unusual subject matter, but making the commonplace unusual.
    – Edward Weston

    A Ming vase can be well-designed and well-made and is beautiful for that reason alone. I don’t think this can be true for photography. Unless there is something a little incomplete and a little strange, it will simply look like a copy of something pretty. We won’t take an interest in it.
    – John Loengard

    One photo out of focus is a mistake, ten photos out of focus are an experimentation, one hundred photo out of focus are a style.
    – Author Unknown

  3. “Ultimately, success or failure in photographing people depends on the photographers ability to understand people”
    Edward Westin

  4. Great photography is like great wine making. You cannot make great wine from bad fruit and you cannot capture a great image with bad glass.

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