32 of the Best Photography Quotes from Top Photographers

Do you love reading inspirational quotes? How about inspirational photography quotes? We put together a list of 32 of the best photography quotes from top photographers. Whether you prefer wedding photography quotes or photography business quotes, these quotes can help you stay inspired and motivated.

From wedding photographers, to portrait photographers, to boudoir photographers, and more, there are a variety of quotes you may have heard before, and some that might be new to you. Take a look below to find out.

“In photography there are no shadows that cannot be illuminated.”
– August Sander

 “I believe photographers should shoot what they want, not shoot what they get.”
– Roberto Valenzuela

 “If you see something that moves you, and then snap it, you keep a moment.”
– Linda McCartney

 “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

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“It is more important to click with people than to click the shutter.”
– Alfred Eisenstaedt

“I didn’t choose photography, photography chose me.”
– Gerardo Suter

“We don’t learn from our good images; we learn from the ones that can be improved on.”
– Jen Rozenbaum

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

“A good photograph is one that communicates a fact, touches the heart and leaves the viewer a changed person for having seen it. It is, in a word, effective.”
– Irving Penn

“If a photographer cares about the people before the lens and is compassionate, much is given. It is the photographer, not the camera, that is the instrument.”
– Eve Arnold

“You cannot possibly hit the shutter without leaving a piece of you in the image.”
– Joe Buissink

“If your pictures aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough.”
– Robert Capa

“The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.”
– Dorothea Lange

“Wherever the center of the light source is, you want that to be a little bit above the center of the couple’s eyes – something magical happens when you do this.”
– Zach and Jody Gray

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

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“One doesn’t stop seeing. One doesn’t stop framing. It doesn’t turn off and on. It’s on all the time.”
– Annie Leibovitz

“Light makes photography. Embrace light. Admire it. Love it. But above all, know light. Know it for all you are worth, and you will know the key to photography.”
– George Eastman

“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


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“A good snapshot keeps a moment from running away.”
– Eudora Welty

“It’s one thing to make a picture of what a person looks like, it’s another thing to make a portrait of who they are.”
– Paul Caponigro

“With creating, we are literally bringing something into existence that didn’t exist before.”
– Montana Dennis

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

“You’ve got to push yourself harder. You’ve got to start looking for pictures nobody else could take. You’ve got to take the tools you have and probe deeper.”
– William Albert Allard

“Fear is the thing that prohibits a lot of photographers from reaching their full potential.”
– Collin Pierson

“A photograph is memory in the raw.”
– Carrie Latet

“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

“The people who hire me as a wedding photographer hire me not just because of my photographic style, they hire me because of the style of my personality. My style and personality match, so they know they’re getting a genuine style.”
– Jared Platt

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“I like to photograph anyone before they know what their best angles are.”
– Ellen Von Unwerth

“Taking pictures is savoring life intensely, every hundredth of a second.”
– Marc Riboud

“There is a vast difference between taking a picture and making a photograph.”
– Robert Heinecken

“Photography can never grow up if it imitates some other medium. It has to walk alone; it has to be itself.”
– Berenice Abbott

“When people look at my pictures I want them to feel the way they do when they want to read a line of a poem twice.”
– Robert Frank

Which photography quote from the 32 above is your favorite? Let us know in the comments!

Hearing inspirational quotes about photography from top photographers can help you stay passionate and determined to work on your skills and be the best photographer you can be. Discover lighting and posing techniques to help advance your skills when you download our free Pro Photographer Lighting and Posing Guide!

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