Great Photography Quotes

    What the title says – 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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