Motivational phrases and “cuquis” are very fashionable. They inspire us, they motivate us to decorate mugs and t-shirts, so we could not miss a compilation of the best photography phrases on the blog.

I have tried to collect those that in addition to motivating you to go out with the camera, can teach you something or at least make you reflect. Are all phrases of great photographers that I will update as I find more.

In this article you will find:

Photography phrases to inspire you

Among them you will read names such as Ansel Adams, Cartier-Bresson, Robert Capa or Susan Sontag as well as many other photographers, which if you do not know I recommend you use the list of phrases as an index to discover celebrity work in the history of photography.

I would appreciate it if you leave in the comments some phrases about photos that you like to be able to add them to the list and make the collection grow.

Alfred Eisenstaedt

“The most important thing is not the camera, but the eye.”

Alfred Goldfinch

“In photography there is such a subtle reality that it becomes more real than reality.”

André Kertesz

“Seeing is not enough, you have to feel what you are photographing.”

Anne Geddes

“The best images are those that retain their strength and impact over the years, despite the number of times they are viewed.”

Ansel Adams

“The most important component of a camera is behind it.”

“There is nothing worse than the sharp image of a fuzzy concept”

Antoine D´Agata

“The important thing is not how the photographer looks at the world, but his intimate relationship with it.”

Arnold Newman

“Many photographers think that if they buy a better camera they will be able to take better photos. A better camera will do nothing for you if there is nothing in your head or in your heart.

Berenice Abbot

“Photography helps people to see”.

“The challenge for me has been in the first place, to see things as they are, be it a portrait, a city street, or a ball. In a word, I have tried to be objective. I am not referring to the objectivity of a machine, but to that of a sensitive human being with his mysterious and personal criteria. The second challenge has been to impose order on the things I see, to provide the visual context and the intellectual framework, which for me is the art of photography ”.

Bill Brandt

“I’m not interested in rules or conventions: photography is not a sport.”

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Bill Hoenk

“Instinct told me not to worry, that I should just keep taking photos because I was the only person with a camera. So I kept going ”.


“The great thing about photographs is that they can produce emotionally-provoking images based on a single subject.”

Bruno Barbey

“Photography is the only language that can be understood and understood throughout the world.”

Carl Mydans

“You become a photographer when you have overcome the concerns of learning and in your hands the camera becomes an extension of yourself. Then creativity begins.

Cristina Garcia Rodero

“Photography is a struggle. The enemy is time and you win when you manage to freeze it at the right time, preventing something that talks about you and what is happening from dying and disappearing forever ”.

Dando Moriyama

“A single photograph can contain multiple images.”

David Lachapelle

“People say the photos don’t lie, mine do.”

Diane Arbus

“Photography is a secret of a secret. The more it tells you, the less you know. “

Dorothea Lange

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

Edward Weston

“Through the photographic eye you can see the world in a new light; a world for the most part unexplored and unknown; a world waiting to be discovered and revealed ”.

Elliot Erwitt

“Photography is the art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place. I have realized that it has little to do with the things you see and a lot to do with how you see them ”.

Emmet Gowin

“Photography is a tool for dealing with things that everyone knows but nobody pays attention to. My photographs are intended to represent something that you do not see ”.

Ernest Haas

“It’s you and your camera. The limitations that exist in your photographs are the same as those you may have as a person, because what we see is what we are ”.

“The limitations of photography are in oneself, because what we see is what we are. If beauty was not in us, how could we recognize it?

quotes from great photographers

Fred McCullin

“Photography cannot change reality but it can show it.”

Garry Winogrand

“If I saw something through my viewer that looked familiar, I did something to change it.”

Gordon Parks

“Now that I’m 85, I feel like I’m ready to start taking pictures.”

Henri Cartier-Bresson

“The camera is a sketchbook, an instrument for intuition and spontaneity.”

“Photography is, at the same moment, the simultaneous recognition of the significance of a fact and the rigorous organization of visually perceived forms that express and signify that fact.”

“Your first 10,000 photos will be your worst photos.”

“To photograph is to place the head, the eye and the heart on the same axis.”

Hersson Piratoba

«The most beautiful photographs are those that generate memories. Even if you have not lived it yet”.

Imogen Cunningham

“Which one of my photos is my favorite? One that I am going to do tomorrow”.

Jim Richardson

“If you want to be a better photographer, stand up to more interesting things.”

Joel Strasser

“A good photographer must love life more than photography itself.”

Julio Cortazar

“Among the many ways to combat nothingness, one of the best is to take photographs.”

Leonard Freed

“Photography is like life, what does it mean? I don’t know, but it leaves an impression, a feeling, I distrust people who know what life means ”.

Lewis Hine

“If I could put it into words, I wouldn’t go every day carrying my camera.”

Manuel Alvarez Bravo

“The main instrument of a photographer are his eyes. Oddly enough, many photographers choose to use another photographer’s eyes, past or present, instead of their own. These photographers are blind ”.

Minor White

“I’m always mentally photographing everything to practice.”

Percy W. Harris

“The skill in photography is acquired with practice, and not by buying.”

Peter Lindbergh

“Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that secures your aim and your imaginative vision in the face of confident players, common creatures, slaves of the ordinary.”

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Philippe Halsman

“For the photographer, the head is more important than the camera.”

Richard Avedon

“Through my photography I can speak in a more intricate and profound way than through words.”

Robert Capa

“If your photos are not good enough it is because you are not close enough.”

“You don’t need to resort to tricks to take photos. You don’t have to pose anyone for the camera. The photos are there, waiting for you to take them. The truth is the best photography, the best propaganda ”.

Robert Doisneau

“To describe is to destroy, to suggest is to create.”

Robert Frank

“The important thing is to see what is invisible to others.”

Steve McCurry

“If you know how to wait, people will forget your camera and then their soul will come to light.”

Susan Sontag

“Photography is, first of all, a way of looking. It is not the look itself ”.

Ted Grant

“When you photograph a person in color, you photograph their clothes, when you do it in black and white, you photograph their soul.”

Trent Parke

“I am always chasing the light. Light makes the ordinary magical ”.

William Albert Allard

“You have to ask yourself for more. You have to start looking for pictures that no one else can take. You have to take your tools and go further ”.

William Eugene Smith

“Photography could be that dim light that modestly helps us change things.”

“I didn’t write the rules, why would I have to follow them?”

Wynn Bullock

“When I’m taking photos, what I’m really doing is looking for answers to things.”

Yousuf Karsh

“The heart and the mind are the true lens of the camera.”

Reflect on each sentence

After all these little pills of wisdom and inspiration, it only remains to ask you to reflect on them because there is much more than meets the eye behind each sentence. Some of them collect all the basic tips and tricks that you can read on the internet. Once you know the basics of photography, the rest is collected in these quotes. You can find some photography books by these photographers in the photo library.

It does not matter that you do not have a reflex camera, with your smartphone and these photography applications you will get good results, if you use Android you have an article reserved for the best photography apps for Android.

If you need more inspiration, I wrote an article on how to develop creativity that may help you and finally I recommend you go through the post in which I tell you why not everyone can take a Photograph where I tell you about the differences between a good photographer and a person without artistic sensibility.

Do you know any more? Leave it in the comments to be able to add it to the list.


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