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30+ Inspirational Photography Quotes For Photographers

Just as we need a constant push to stay motivated to continue doing what we love; even as a photographer, you might need that push if you are experiencing a photography block. Photography is more than a talent or a skill you learn, it requires a flame of passion that sometimes needs help to continue burning. You might have taken up photography as a full-time career option or as a hobby. Whether you are an amateur or a professional photographer, here are some inspirational quotes by other famous photographers such as Ansel Adams, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Mark Denman, Ted Grant, Annie Leibovitz to learn from, and not give up on your dream!

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These quotes have been written by those who have inspired generations of new photographers to go off the beaten track and choose their passion and love for capturing precious moments. These quotes will uplift every photographer, whether they are looking for funny quotes, motivating quotes or even wedding photography quotes. These quotes will not only inspire you but will give a whole new perspective into this field!

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  1. “You don’t take a photograph, you make it.”
    – Ansel Adams
  1. “Photography helps people to see.”
    – Berenice Abbott
  1. “Photography is a love affair with life.”
    – Burk Uzzle
  1. “A camera is a tool for learning how to see without a camera.”
    – Dorothea Lange
  1. “Taking an image, freezing a moment, reveals how rich reality truly is.”
    – Unknown
  1. “I don’t trust words. I trust pictures.”
    – Gilles Peress
  1. “For me, the camera is a sketchbook, an instrument of intuition and spontaneity.”
    – Henri Cartier-Bresson
  1. “The eye should learn to listen before it looks.”
    – Robert Frank
  1. “It’s not enough to just own a camera. Everyone owns a camera. To be a photographer, you must understand, appreciate, and harness the power you hold!”
    – Mark Denman
  1. “A photograph is usually looked at – seldom looked into.”
    – Ansel Adams
  1. “In a world and a life that moves so fast, photography just makes the sound go out and it makes you stop and take a pause. Photography calms me.”
    – Drew Barrymore
  1. “There is a vast difference between taking a picture and making a photograph.”
    – Robert Heineken
  1. “There is no question that photography has played a major role in the environmental movement.”
    – Galen Rowell
  1. “We are making photographs to understand what our lives mean to us.”
    – Ralph Hattersley
  1. “The context in which a photograph is seen affects the meaning the viewer draws from it.”
    – Stephen Shore
  1. “Photographs are just light and time.”
    – Aza Holmes
  1. “The way that light hits objects, I think, is one of the more important things that sculpture and photography share.”
    – Rashid Johnson
  1. “A good photograph is knowing where to stand.”
    – Ansel Adams
  1. “The painter constructs, the photographer discloses.”
    – Susan Sontag
  1. “That frame of mind that you need to make fine pictures of a very wonderful subject; you cannot do it by not being lost yourself.”
    – Dorothea Lange
  1. “Only photograph what you love.”
    – Tim Walker
  1. “The eye should learn to listen before it looks.”
    – Robert Frank
  1. “Photography is the story I fail to put into words.”
    – Destin Sparks
  1. “A camera is a SAVE button for the mind’s eye.”
    – Roger Kingston
  1. “I think of photography like therapy.”
    – Harry Gruyaert
  1. “Twelve significant photographs in any one year is a good crop.”
    – Ansel Adams
  1. “Don’t pack up your camera until you’ve left the location.”
    – Joe McNally
  1. “In photography, there are no shadows that cannot be illuminated.”
    – August Sander
  1. “It is more important to click with people than to click the shutter.”
    – Alfred Eisenstaedt
  1. “Photography is an immediate reaction; drawing is a meditation.”
    – Henri Cartier-Bresson
  1. “Photography, to me, is catching a moment which is passing, and which is true.”
    – Jacques-Henri Lartigue
  1. “The biggest cliche in photography is sunrise and sunset.”
    – Catherine Opie
  1. “Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever… it remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.”
    – Aaron Siskind
  1. “Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still”
    – Dorothea Lange
  1. “When a moment in front of me appears to be particularly special, whether it be by beauty or experience, I capture it. I usually find a reason to justify taking that photo – symmetry, or colour or contrast – and it’s my hope that my photography sheds light onto what I see and do on a daily basis.”
    – Connor Franta

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