Great Photography Quotes

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Sage words from some of the best.

Identical Twins, Roselle, New Jersey, 1967 Photograph by Diane Arbus

  • “Dodging and burning are steps to take care of mistakes God made in establishing tonal relationships.” — Ansel Adams
  • Sharpness is a bourgeois concept.” — Henri Cartier-Bresson
  • “The world is falling to pieces and all Adams and Weston photograph is rocks and trees”
    — Henri Cartier-Bresson
  • “A thing that you see in my pictures is that I was not afraid to fall in love with these people.”
    — Annie Leibovitz
  • “I really believe there are things nobody would see if I didn’t photograph them.”
    — Diane Arbus
  • “I never have taken a picture I’ve intended. They’re always better or worse.”
    — Diane Arbus
  • “If you want to be a better photographer, stand in front of more interesting stuff.”
    — Jim Richardson
  • “If your pictures aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough.”
    – Robert Capa
  • “Your first 1,000 photographs are your worst.”
    – Henri Cartier-Bresson
  • “To consult the rules of composition before making a picture is a little like consulting the law of gravitation before going for a walk.”
    – Edward Weston
  •  Just as a camera is a sublimation of the gun, to photograph someone is a subliminal murder – a soft murder, appropriate to a sad, frightened time.
    – Susan Sontag
  •  “A photographer is like a cod, which produces a million eggs in order that one may reach maturity.”
    – George Bernard Shaw
  • “All photographs are accurate. None of them is the truth.”
    – Richard Avedon

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