Top 249 Photography Quotes

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“I never really learned photography.”

― Abbas Kiarostami

“The beauty of women was the first expression of my photography.”

― Alberto Korda

“I’m really interested in photography, like every other human being.”

― Alexa Chung

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

― Alfred Stieglitz

“The arts equally have distinct departments, and unless photography has its own possibilities of expression, separate from those of the other arts, it is merely a process, not an art.”

― Alfred Stieglitz

“Photography can be a deceitful, superficial medium that leads us into believing something even though we know it’s not necessarily true. It lulls us into a false sense of complacency.”

― Alison Jackson

“Photography acts as a teaser, suggesting we can know something that we can never know. And the more we can’t obtain it, the more we want it.”

― Alison Jackson

“When I found photography, I found this other kind of portraiture of black families and black people who were photographing themselves or having themselves photographed in ways they wanted to be seen.”

― Amy Sherald

“Photography does not create eternity, as art does; it embalms time, rescuing it simply from its proper corruption.”

― Andre Bazin

“My father did advertising photography.”

― Andreas Gursky

“My use of the medium – photography – is in some ways traditional.”

― Andres Serrano

“I like photography as a recording device. It’s the best possible two-dimensional representation of 3D living things that we have.”

― Andrew Zuckerman

“When I was teaching at Harvard in the 1970s, I went to Project Incorporated in Cambridge and took photography classes. I didn’t even know how to aim the camera in those days.”

― Ann Beattie

“I’m a huge, huge fan of photography. I have a small photography collection. As soon as I started to make some money, I bought my very first photograph: an Henri Cartier-Bresson. Then I bought a Robert Frank.”

― Annie Leibovitz

“Photography, as a powerful medium of expression and communications, offers an infinite variety of perception, interpretation and execution.”

― Ansel Adams

“Landscape photography is the supreme test of the photographer – and often the supreme disappointment.”

― Ansel Adams

“It is my intention to present – through the medium of photography – intuitive observations of the natural world which may have meaning to the spectators.”

― Ansel Adams

“Apart from photography and music videos, I also do graphic design.”

― Anton Corbijn

“My photography changed from being more documentary-like to arranging things more, and that came into being partly because I started doing music videos, and I incorporated some things from the music videos into my photography again, by arranging things more.”

― Anton Corbijn

“The really simple approach to photography is a great balance to making the films.”

― Anton Corbijn

“There are some elements of digital photography that I don’t really like, such as the fact that you see the results immediately.”

― Anton Corbijn

“The clue to book jacket photography is to look friendly and approachable, but not too glamorous.”

― Antonia Fraser

“Visual ideas combined with technology combined with personal interpretation equals photography. Each must hold it’s own; if it doesn’t, the thing collapses.”

― Arnold Newman

“I’d really likely to shoot wildlife documentaries. I watched so many of those as a child, and I’m quite into wildlife and love photography as well, so that’s something I’d like to do.”

― Asa Butterfield

“Writing is my profession. Photography is my hobby.”

― Avi

“For me, photography only stopped because I was selling books.”

― Ben Schott

“I became interested in photography when I found my own sketching was inadequate.”

― Ben Shahn

“Now, my knowledge of photography was terribly limited.”

― Ben Shahn

“Photography helps people to see.”

― Berenice Abbott

“Photography can only represent the present. Once photographed, the subject becomes part of the past.”

― Berenice Abbott

“Photography is still a very new medium and everything must be tried and dare.”

― Bill Brandt

“I have very interesting hobbies like archeology and photography.”

― Bill Wyman

“I open events for museums and I do charity work and photography.”

― Bill Wyman

“Photography can be a powerful instrument for change, and photojournalists can tell stories that make a difference.”

― Brian Skerry

“I just love the world of photography.”

― Brooke Burke

“I’m studying art and photography, like film and digital – a mix of both.”

― Brooklyn Beckham

“I love football, but I’m also very passionate about photography and film.”

― Brooklyn Beckham

“I studied photography in high school, and straight away, I knew it was something I was interested in.”

― Brooklyn Beckham

“Madonna is her own Hollywood studio – a popelike mogul and divine superstar in one. She has a laserlike instinct for publicity, aided by her visual genius for still photography (which none of her legion of imitators has). Unfortunately, her public life has dissolved into a series of staged photo ops.”

― Camille Paglia

“I got into photography when my kids were little, and I continued talking pictures over the years.”

― Carlene Carter

“In terms of digital photography, I continue to print and use film for the most part. I still shoot with film, 21/4 film specifically, and I love it. I love it because I know what it does, how it really responds to light.”

― Carrie Mae Weems

“The biggest cliche in photography is sunrise and sunset.”

― Catherine Opie

“The thing with computer-generated imagery is that it’s an incredibly powerful tool for making better visual effects. But I believe in an absolute difference between animation and photography.”

― Christopher Nolan

“Photography is the easiest medium with which to be merely competent. Almost anybody can be competent. It’s the hardest medium in which to have some sort of personal vision and to have a signature style.”

― Chuck Close

“I became obsessed with the storytelling of photography and going on little adventures.”

― Cole Sprouse

“I take a lot of pride in my photography.”

― Cole Sprouse

“I had become obsessed with the control-freak aspect of photography and with the rising importance of the image in our social media age it ended up working.”

― Cole Sprouse

“Contrast is what makes photography interesting.”

― Conrad Hall

“Photography is a very important part of my life.”

― Conrad Hall

“The advent of the digital age and the immediacy and convenience of digital video and photography allows people to become an integral part of the feedback loop which actively shapes the content we are fed.”

― Damian Loeb

“I had no idea how I wanted to get into photography, but I just knew I wanted to do it.”

― Daniel Berehulak

“And I’m a pretty avid photographer, I’ve been into photography for years now, so I try to spend some of my free time with that.”

― Danny McBride

“I’ve been taking photographs since I was a teenager, and fashion has taught me a lot more about photography. It’s definitely inspired me.”

― Daria Werbowy

“As a photographer, I’m interested in how dramatically photography has changed. Most images are not real or are composites, and most of us don’t even know it anymore.”

― David Allee

“I never tried to revolutionise photography; I just do what I do and keep my fingers crossed that people will like it.”

― David Bailey

“I did painting before I did photography.”

― David Bailey

“Photography is more about money now but then so are most things.”

― David Bailey

“I gravitate toward contemporary art. I love great paintings, sculpture, photography, some video art.”

― David Furnish

“All painters are interested in photography to a certain extent.”

― David Hockney

“People criticized me for my photography. They said it’s not art.”

― David Hockney

“I’m a photographer, period. I love photography, the immediacy of it. I like the craft, the idea of saying ‘I’m a photographer.’”

― David LaChapelle

“Every viewer is going to get a different thing. That’s the thing about painting, photography, cinema.”

― David Lynch

“I’m really into my photography and am trying to catch up with digital generation – I was used to the old 35mm cameras.”

― David Suchet

“Photography is very personal to me. God knows how many rolls of film I have that I’ve never shared.”

― Diana Silvers

“I picked up photography in high school.”

― Diana Silvers

“I always thought of photography as a naughty thing to do – that was one of my favorite things about it, and when I first did it, I felt very perverse.”

― Diane Arbus

“I love photography. I love the imagery. I love what I do.”

― Don McCullin

“Richard Avedon is a true genius of photography and one of the greatest artists of our time.”

― Donatella Versace

“Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still.”

― Dorothea Lange

“Many billboards and magazine ads have resorted to showing isolated body parts rather than full-body portraits of models using or wearing products. This style of photography, known in the industry as abstract representation, allows the viewer to see himself in the advertisement, rather than the model.”

― Douglas Rushkoff

“Photography deals exquisitely with appearances, but nothing is what it appears to be.”

― Duane Michals

“I think photographers are too polite. There is not enough anger in photography; it’s pretty much trivialized.”

― Duane Michals

“Digital photography and Photoshop have made it very easy for people to take pictures. It’s a medium that allows a lot of mediocre stuff to get through.”

― Edward Burtynsky

“Photography is a major force in explaining man to man.”

― Edward Steichen

“Somehow Photoshop and the ease with which one can produce an image has degraded the quality of photography in general.”

― Elliott Erwitt

“I’ve got a great collection of photography.”

― Elton John

“I love Instagram and photography.”

― Emily Atack

“I love to play the guitar. I also love photography and fashion.”

― Emily Osment

“I like to get rid of things; I don’t collect many things. But I do keep great photography and art books.”

― Emily Weiss

“I would love to study photography.”

― Emma Roberts

“I believe it was probably less than ten minutes that went by from the invention of photography to the point where people realized that they could lie with photographs.”

― Errol Morris

“I came to photography by accident.”

― Eve Arnold

“I tried my hand at photography and worked with a studio for six months.”

― Fatima Sana Shaikh

“Look at lots of exhibitions and books, and don’t get hung up on cameras and technical things. Photography is about images.”

― Fay Godwin

“I always saw photography as a way to get to film.”

― Francesco Carrozzini

“When I was a kid, I loved photography, and I loved makeup.”

― Francois Nars

“The problem of direct colour photography has been facing us since the turn of the last century.”

― Gabriel Lippmann

“I think landscape photography in general is somewhat undervalued.”

― Galen Rowell

“There is no question that photography has played a major role in the environmental movement.”

― Galen Rowell

“I had done some work when I was starting in with photography on westerns, and photographing them was the greatest pleasure I had. If I was ever qualified for anything, it would have had to do with making westerns. But as I started working on pictures with people like Katharine Hepburn, I got further away from the thing I really liked to do.”

― George Stevens

“I’ve always considered myself a poet in everything that I do, whether it’s photography or movie-making.”

― Gerard Malanga

“I was really nervous working with actors, since I come from a photography background.”

― Gia Coppola

“I’m so drawn to photography because you can convey a complex story in a single frame.”

― Gia Coppola

“I was obsessed from the moment I took my first photograph. I wanted to make photography my career.”

― Giles Duley

“We really care about photography at ‘Vanity Fair.’”

― Graydon Carter

“I have always found photography magical, and became more taken with it whilst modeling.”

― Hanneli Mustaparta

“Photography is always a kind of stealing. A theft from the subject. Artists are assaulters in a lot of ways, and the viewer is complicit in that assault.”

― Hanya Yanagihara

“I love photography, and I love the art of photography.”

― Helen Mirren

“In photography, the smallest thing can be a great subject. The little, human detail can become a Leitmotiv.”

― Henri Cartier-Bresson

“Photography is an immediate reaction, drawing is a meditation.”

― Henri Cartier-Bresson

“To me, photography is the simultaneous recognition, in a fraction of a second, of the significance of an event.”

― Henri Cartier-Bresson

“Actually, I’m not all that interested in the subject of photography. Once the picture is in the box, I’m not all that interested in what happens next. Hunters, after all, aren’t cooks.”

― Henri Cartier-Bresson

“Speaking of photography, while the Apollo 8 crew shot hundreds of photos, there was one that got everybody’s attention: a blue-and-white Earth rising over a gray moonscape.”

― Henry Spencer

“Generally, the French highly promote culture and the arts, and photography is in their blood.”

― Herb Ritts

“Actually, when I first started dabbling in photography, I was still working for my parents as a salesman.”

― Herb Ritts

“Photography imitates everything and expresses nothing.”

― Honoré Daumier

“I don’t think there’s any such thing as teaching people photography, other than influencing them a little. People have to be their own learners. They have to have a certain talent.”

― Imogen Cunningham

“I feed on art more than I ever do on photographs. I can admire photography, but I wouldn’t go to it out of hunger.”

― Irving Penn

“Photography to me is catching a moment which is passing, and which is true.”

― Jacques-Henri Lartigue

“I’ve always believed that photography is a way to shape human perception.”

― James Balog

“I love photography… I’d like to write a show about photography.”

― James Lapine

“Photography must be integrated with the story.”

― James Wong Howe

“Photography is a big part of my life: taking photographs, being around photographers.”

― Jamie Hince

“I was a dog groomer. I delivered radiators; I was a photography producer. I typed classified ads for many years. It was my longest term job – years of typing classified ads while I was in bands.”

― Janet Weiss

“Photography is truth. The cinema is truth twenty-four times per second.”

― Jean-Luc Godard

“I look at the camera as sort of a missing link between motion picture photography and still photography.”

― Jeff Bridges

“I found that photography was a great way of relaxing on the set.”

― Jeff Bridges

“Ballet might be too formal of a title for the type of dance I do, but I love to dance. I love to draw and paint; I do ceramics and photography. I’m interested in a lot of creative stuff.”

― Jeff Bridges

“I love to paint, do ceramics, photography. I got a lot of side things that I like to do.”

― Jeff Bridges

“Imagine there wasn’t photography. Where would we be? How would I remember what I looked like as a kid? It links us all. It keeps us all together; it’s what our history is.”

― Jerry Della Femina

“Photography was a blessing because it filled my time.”

― Jessica Lange

“If I had to start over, I’d pursue photography – probably to the exclusion of acting.”

― Jessica Lange

“I paint in acrylic and sometimes in oil. Sometimes I’ll paint my kids. And I’ll occasionally do some photography.”

― Jim Lee

“I like the idea of infinite human potential, and a lot of my photography and filmmaking has been focused on that.”

― Jimmy Chin

“Technology has eliminated the basement darkroom and the whole notion of photography as an intense labor of love for obsessives and replaced them with a sense of immediacy and instant gratification.”

― Joe McNally

“Photography has always been capable of manipulation.”

― Joel Sternfeld

“You take 35 degrees out of 360 degrees and call it a photo. No individual photo explains anything. That’s what makes photography such a wonderful and problematic medium.”

― Joel Sternfeld

“I played in bands very very young. I painted; I did photography, all kinds of things.”

― Johan Renck

“I could never figure out why photography and art had separate histories. So I decided to explore both.”

― John Baldessari

“Drones ply the liminal space between the physical and the digital – pilots fly them, but aren’t in them. They are versatile and fascinating objects – the things they can do range from the mundane (aerial photography) to the spectacular – killing people, for example.”

― John Battelle

“George Lucas wanted this moving camera for all of the photography in Star Wars. He was willing to take a risk with the concepts that I advanced with regard to ways for doing that.”

― John Dykstra

“I had done a lot of rock ‘n’ roll photography when I was in college. I was one of many photographers who worked for The Doors, Jefferson Airplane, and all of these rock ‘n’ roll bands.”

― John Dykstra

“Photography brought a lot to painting because it forced artists to think about what painting could do that photography couldn’t.”

― John Lanchester

“So when I became interested in photography and further being inspired by the work that I saw of Ansel and others, it was a natural extension to go back to these places that I knew as a kid and explore them with my camera.”

― John Sexton

“He was a very generous soul and was exceptionally dedicated to the medium of photography.”

― John Sexton

“I opened up Shutterstock to the whole world. I created a contributor community that anyone could give stock photography a shot.”

― Jon Oringer

“I collect primarily ceramics but also black-and-white photography and some bits of contemporary.”

― Jonathan Anderson

“I am a huge obsessor with photography.”

― Jonathan Anderson

“I have a theory that most people disagree with. I really feel that acting for film and acting for the stage are two different crafts. I think that they share things in common. But I liken it to a painter switching over to photography.”

― Jordan Bridges

“Over the last few millennia we’ve invented a series of technologies – from the alphabet to the scroll to the codex, the printing press, photography, the computer, the smartphone – that have made it progressively easier and easier for us to externalize our memories, for us to essentially outsource this fundamental human capacity.”

― Joshua Foer

“I am someone who takes pleasure in exploring the full scale of the medium photography. I am a photographer.”

― Juergen Teller

“Germany led the world in photography and film: ‘The Cabinet of Dr Caligari’ and ‘Metropolis’ are works that, to this day, film buffs revere.”

― Justin Cartwright

“I used to do a lot of casual photography – back in the olden times when one used film – but it had fallen by the wayside over the years.”

― Kara Swisher

“When I got to NYU, I immediately inquired about doing a double major in acting and photography.”

― Katherine Waterston

“I would say, if I had any hobbies, I love photography. I love taking photographs.”

― Kellie Martin

“I know about photography – I’m really good at it.”

― Kerry Stokes

“I’m a Banksy fan. I’m also a fan of Chris Hobe, Mister Totem, Drew Wootten, Mad Clout, Hense and Sever, in visual and street art. And Jonathan Mannion and Shane Nash in photography.”

― Killer Mike

“My son does a little photography, but he’s not involved the way I was.”

― Kim Weston

“I don’t need the money I generate from photography to support myself.”

― Kim Weston

“I find the working pattern to be the same in Bollywood as well as Tollywood. Especially because most directors of photography from the Telugu industry operate in Bollywood, too.”

― Kriti Sanon

“My photography is often a sociological look at American culture, and it’s been very well published in the U.K.”

― Lauren Greenfield

“When I first moved from photography to filmmaking, I was worried about how big I had to become. I was one person, or maybe me and an assistant, and I had these small cameras, and maybe a flash.”

― Lauren Greenfield

“All my film ideas and subjects have come from photography.”

― Lauren Greenfield

“I first worked on sports photography, and it was until 2002, when I was already 32 years old, that I really started working and enjoying Africa’s wildlife.”

― Laurent Baheux

“I’ve been working with photography for many years.”

― Leonard Nimoy

“I became involved in photography when I was about thirteen years old.”

― Leonard Nimoy

“I became enamored with photography when I was about 13 or 14 years old. I’ve been at it ever since. I studied seriously in the ’70s.”

― Leonard Nimoy

“I just wanted to be creative, so I did photography, and that led me ultimately to music.”

― Lil Xan

“One advantage of photography is that it’s visual and can transcend language.”

― Lisa Kristine

“I’ve seen so many photographers rush to do books the minute they start shooting, but one great thing about photography is that the images don’t go away, so the more I sit with these images, the more I learn which ones have had the most impact.”

― Lynsey Addario

“Photography of any living being, according to Taliban rule, was illegal. So when I went to Afghanistan, immediately I was worried about photographing people. But it was what I wanted: to show what life was like under the Taliban, specifically for women.”

― Lynsey Addario

“When ‘Humsafar’ did well, every single person associated with it shined. Its DoP [Director of Photography], Shehzad Kashmiri, went on to become a huge director. So, a good and successful project just blesses everybody.”

― Mahira Khan

“Those involved in the program are interested in how to use photography, videos, the Internet, film, and anything related to communications and transmission of information in the most up-to-date modern ways.”

― Major Owens

“Why are all the artists so dead-set on distorting? It seems to be a reaction against photography, but I’m not sure.”

― Marcel Duchamp

“Ultimately, I made my range wider because I wanted to suit each publication that I worked for. Talk about reinvention – I’m like the Madonna of photography.”

― Mario Testino

“Part of the role of photography is to exaggerate, and that is an aspect that I have to puncture. I do that by showing the world as I really find it.”

― Martin Parr

“Photography is the simplest thing in the world, but it is incredibly complicated to make it really work.”

― Martin Parr

“TV-makers usually don’t know much about photography.”

― Martin Parr

“There are 65 to 70 photography galleries in New York alone. In the U.K., there are no more than five, and they’re all in London.”

― Martin Parr

“I do read many of the photography magazines from the U.K. and abroad.”

― Martin Parr

“Nowadays shots are created in post-production, on computers. It’s not really photography.”

― Mary Ellen Mark

“In the modern road-running era, digital photography has intersected with weekend-warrior culture, creating a golden age of social-media humblebragging. For some, the marathon course is sacred ground. For others, it’s a personal movie set.”

― Mary Pilon

“I don’t think that digital photography is romantic yet. It’s not sympathetic the way that film is.”

― Matthew Modine

“For example, Michael Mann’s film Collateral – there is certain kinds of stories that lend themselves to digital photography. Some things are very raw stories that digital photography kind of lends itself to.”

― Matthew Modine

“Photography is about light and what it does and how it is captured on a piece of negative.”

― Matthew Modine

“I’ve always been super into photography and the visuals that support my music.”

― Melanie Martinez

“When I was a teenager, I loved photography and writing.”

― Melanie Mayron

“I don’t story board. I do something else, which is, I block it. We then train to the blocking. In other words, when everybody’s training, they’re actually training a lot of the moves that we are definitely going to use, and then, I do a lot of photography of that, and that becomes where the cameras go.”

― Michael Mann

“I never liked dance photography; it’s very flat, and dance photography in the studio looks very contrived.”

― Mikhail Baryshnikov

“I was always interested in photography and other forms of art.”

― Mikhail Baryshnikov

“All I really wanted to do was wildlife photography.”

― Nigel Dennis

“Photography started as a means of getting reference material for my paintings of nature subjects.”

― Nigel Dennis

“Big game photography in Africa is mainly done from a vehicle, so then I feel I might as well take the lot.”

― Nigel Dennis

“My studio, nicknamed ‘Funny Farm,’ is in a hidden location. It’s very private. Not only do I create my photography there, but it is also where I write my books and create music.”

― Nikki Sixx

“Photography has always been about capturing light.”

― Om Malik

“I’m constantly working on these edges of photography, either to employ so much information or reduce information to the point of collapse.”

― Ori Gersht

“I worked a little as a messenger on a bicycle and then decided to study photography and film.”

― Ori Gersht

“I did photography, painting, and drawing, but I prefer sculpture. I like it because it’s very physical.”

― P. J. Harvey

“I went to university in Colorado and studied art history. I did some photography classes there, although it felt really pretentious.”

― Pamela Hanson

“My interest in architecture has always been sculptural. Most of my photography is of architecture.”

― Parker Stevenson

“Photography is an accident.”

― Patrick Demarchelier

“I also paint, draw and I’m into film and photography as well, and the same thing applies to all of them. You’re presenting this material to the general public and hoping that they’re going to ‘get’ what you’re doing. Some don’t, some do.”

― Paul Kane

“Your photography is a record of your living, for anyone who really sees.”

― Paul Strand

“I’ve never gotten a release from any person. I’m not a businessman; I’m on the side of common sense. Releases ruin the atmosphere of photography.”

― Peter Beard

“Moreover, photography has made it possible to fix these images and now provides us with a permanent record of each observed spectrum, which can be measured out at any time.”

― Pieter Zeeman

“Photography can be a volatile situation. It can be very potent.”

― Platon

“I came up in photography, and Dust Bowl-era photography is a lot of the reason that I got behind the camera in the first place.”

― Rachel Morrison

“First you study photography, then you practice photography, then you serve photography, and finally one becomes photography.”

― Ralph Gibson

“My story with film is kind of different because I started with photography because my father was a photo buff. He had all sort of cameras, and I grew up with that.”

― Raoul Peck

“I had been teaching myself photography.”

― Ree Drummond

“There’s something about light field photography that’s just magical.”

― Ren Ng

“My photography is the result of being there at the right moment.”

― Rene Burri

“I use zero photography. I have a photographic memory and a complete knowledge of anatomy and physiology, and an interest in grasping the moment of what is happening, not just the outside, but the inside out.”

― Richard MacDonald

“I went into photography because it seemed like the perfect vehicle for commenting on the madness of today’s existence.”

― Robert Mapplethorpe

“A new era in the physiological investigation of linguistic sounds was opened up by X-ray photography.”

― Roman Jakobson

“I understood the craft of photography when done by an artist is art.”

― Ruth Bernhard

“I love history, cultural and religious studies, philosophy, photography and traveling.”

― Ryan Lewis

“The whole nature of photography has changed with the advent of a camera in everybody’s hand.”

― Sally Mann

“I never read about photography.”

― Sally Mann

“I chose photography over writing. I had to make a living.”

― Sally Mann

“Essentially what photography is is life lit up.”

― Sam Abell

“Photography, alone of the arts, seems perfected to serve the desire humans have for a moment – this very moment – to stay.”

― Sam Abell

“Editorial photography has to be energetic and visually competitive.”

― Sam Abell

“Archaeologists have used aerial photographs to map archaeological sites since the 1920s, while the use of infrared photography started in the 1960s, and satellite imagery was first used in the 1970s.”

― Sarah Parcak

“I really like photography, and I’d like to do more of that kind of thing. If I had to choose a different job within the industry and do it well, I would love to do cinematography.”

― Sarah Snook

“Photography is about finding things. And painting is different – it’s about making something.”

― Saul Leiter

“My father thought photography was done by lowlifes.”

― Saul Leiter

“Digital photography makes you a better photographer.”

― Scott Kelby

“I was really into writing short fiction and also photography when I was a kid.”

― Sean Durkin

“I was writing when I was very young, and then I became interested in everything – I wanted to do photography. I wanted to act. I wanted to write plays, and then I wanted to film and to paint, but I felt that film had a condition that reunites everything.”

― Sebastian Lelio

“Of course I will continue photography. I love photography. But when you become old, it’s too much.”

― Sebastiao Salgado

“I’m not a religious person. The language of photography is symbolic.”

― Sebastiao Salgado

“I am a former economist. I never went to photography school to learn photography.”

― Sebastiao Salgado

“Of course, I won’t be abandoning photography, because it is my life.”

― Sebastiao Salgado

“Photography is my passion. Whenever I get time, I click.”

― Shaheer Sheikh

“The other great development has been in photography, but that too was influenced by Conceptual art.”

― Sol LeWitt

“Any time you talk about the look of the film, it’s not just the director and the director of photography. You have to include the costume designer and the production designer.”

― Spike Lee

“I love photography. I love rockets.”

― Steve Jurvetson

“When we started in the early ’60s, football had a little bit of a tradition. But, they didn’t have a mythology. And NFL Films, through our music and our scripts and our photography, created a mythology for the sport.”

― Steve Sabol

“The art of photography is all about directing the attention of the viewer.”

― Steven Pinker

“Maybe I’ll paint, do photography, just something else. I can see that.”

― Steven Soderbergh

“I love creating. I had been really into photography when I was in college.”

― Susan Wojcicki

“Videos are more like photography. It’s not as much about trying to tell a story as it is creating images.”

― Tatyana Ali

“One of the difficulties of photography is that it is much better at being explicit than at being reticent.”

― Teju Cole

“Like Robert Mapplethorpe, Helmut Newton, and so many others before me, sexual imagery has always been a part of my photography.”

― Terry Richardson

“As an avid photographer, I also took advantage of the latest technology in photography – digital photography – to post photos on my website on a daily basis.”

― Tipper Gore

“I really got into filmmaking through photography.”

― Todd Phillips

“Most things in life are moments of pleasure and a lifetime of embarrassment; photography is a moment of embarrassment and a lifetime of pleasure.”

― Tony Benn

“Photography has become so fundamental to the way we see that ‘photography’ and ‘seeing’ are becoming more and more synonymous. The ubiquity of photography is, perhaps ironically, a challenge to curators, practitioners, and critics.”

― Trevor Paglen

“Looking out at the photographic landscape that surrounds us – the world of images and image-making that we inhabit – it seems obvious that photography has undergone dramatic changes in its technical, cultural, and critical composition.”

― Trevor Paglen

“Perhaps ‘photography’ has become so all-pervasive that it no longer makes sense to think about it as a discreet practice or field of inquiry. In other words, perhaps ‘photography,’ as a meaningful cultural trope, is over.”

― Trevor Paglen

“It’s the first time that I’ve ever had an art show based on a film, but it’s a photography collage.”

― Val Kilmer

“Whatever respect photography may once have deserved is now superfluous in view of its own superfluity.”

― Will Self

“In my photography, color and composition are inseparable. I see in color.”

― William Albert Allard

“French photography was basically poetic, and mine was vulgar and brash and violent, except that there’s never any violence in the photographs: it’s only in the photographic style.”

― William Klein

“I find it satisfying that what I’ve done in photography has had so much influence in how people take photographs and what they look at and how they look at things.”

― William Klein

“Photography led me to experiment in graphic work and, actually, painting.”

― William Klein

“I love photography and first editions. I have that in my genes. My father was an archivist.”

― Winona Ryder

“I wanted to be a scientist. I did a thesis on lions. But I realised photography can show things writing can’t. Lions were my professor of photography.”

― Yann Arthus-Bertrand
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