Photography Quotes


Photography is more than a medium for factual communication of ideas.
It is a creative art.
Ansel Adams

Monochrome sea

“The single most important component of a camera is the twelve inches behind it.”

Ansel Adams

A true photograph need not be explained, nor can it be contained in words.

Ansel Adams

Emphasis on technique is justified only so far as it will simplify and clarify the statement of the photographer’s concept.

Ansel Adams

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

Ansel Adams

“In some photographs the essence of light and space dominate; in others, the substance of rock and wood, and the luminous insistence of growing things…It is my intention to present-through the medium of photography-intuitive observations of the natural world which may have meaning to spectators.” Ansel Adams
Life is your art. An open, aware heart is your camera. A oneness with your world is your film. Your bright eyes and easy smile is your museum. – Ansel Adams
 No man has the right to dictate what other men should perceive, create or produce, but all should be encouraged to reveal themselves, their perceptions and emotions, and to build confidence in the creative spirit.

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

Ansel Adams

Simply look with perceptive eyes at the world about you, and trust to your own reactions and convictions. Ask yourself: “Does this subject move me to feel, think and dream? Can I visualize a print – my own personal statement of what I feel and want to convey – from the subject before me?

Ansel Adams

I hope that my work will encourage self expression in others and stimulate the search for beauty and creative excitement in the great world around us. – Ansel Adams

When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silent.

Ansel Adams

My wife – she could help me get the negs out! – Ansel Adams
On being asked which to save first from a burning house – the wife or the negatives…
A photograph is not an accident—it is a concept. It exists at, or before, the moment of exposure of the negative. – Ansel Adams


“The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible”

Oscar Wilde

“I really don’t have any idea about photography, but I take pictures.”

Alex Majoli

“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 is a creative fraction of a second when you are taking a picture. Your eye must see a composition or an expression that life itself offers you, and you must know with intuition when to click the camera. That is the moment the photographer is creative. Oops! The Moment! Once you miss it, it is gone forever.”

Henri Cartier Bresson

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

Ansel Adams

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


“A photograph is the pause button on life.”

Ty Holland

“If you’re photographing in color you show the color of their clothes – if you use black and white, you will show the color of their soul.”


“One photo out of focus is a mistake, ten photos out of focus are an experimentation, one hundred photos out of focus are a style.”


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

Diane Arbus

“A camera is a tool for learning how to see without a camera.”

Dorothea Lange

“Great photography is about depth of feeling, not depth of field.”

Peter Adams