Quotes

Photography

Ziad Abdelnour

Ziad Abdelnour

Life is like photography. You need the negatives to develop.

Ansel Adams

Ansel Adams

A good photograph is knowing where to stand.

A photograph is usually looked at – seldom looked into.

Landscape photography is the supreme test of the photographer - and often the supreme disappointment.

There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer.

There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs.

There is nothing worse than a sharp image of a fuzzy concept.

The single most important component of a camera is the tweleve inches behind it.

Twelve significant photographs in any one year is a good crop.

You don't take a photograph, you make it.

Peter Adams

Peter Adams

Great photography is about depth of feeling, not depth of field.

William Albert Allard

William Albert Allard

What’s really important is to simplify. The work of most photographers would be improved immensely if they could do one thing: get rid of the extraneous. If you strive for simplicity, you are more likely to reach the viewer.

Diane Arbus

Diane Arbus

I really believe there are things nobody would see if I didn’t photograph them.

Richard Avedon

Richard Avedon

All photographs are accurate. None of them is the truth.

Francis Bacon

Francis Bacon

I have always been very interested in photography. I have looked at far more photographs than I have paintings. Because their reality is stronger than reality itself.

David Bailey

David Bailey

In photography everything is so ordinary; it takes a lot of looking before you learn to see the extraordinary.

Tony Benn

Tony Benn

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

Robert Capa

Robert Capa

If your pictures aren’t good enough, you aren’t close enough.

Paul Caponigro

Paul Caponigro

It’s one thing to make a picture of what a person looks like, it’s another thing to make a portrait of who they are.

Henri Cartier-Bresson

Henri Cartier-Bresson

Of course it’s all luck.

Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst.

Imogen Cunningham

Imogen Cunningham

Which of my photographs is my favourite? The one I’m going to take tomorrow.

Ian Daniels

Ian Daniels

Concentrate on the photoshoot rather than Photoshop.

If one percent of your photographs are really worth looking at, you're a good photographer.

Photographs are a huge comfort for old age.

David DuChemin

David DuChemin

Perfect photographs do not move the heart.

Elliott Erwitt

Elliott Erwitt

The whole point of taking pictures is so that you don’t have to explain things with words.

Andreas Feininger

Andreas Feininger

As an amateur you have an advantage over photographers – you can do as you wish. This should make amateurs the happiest of photographers.

Experience has shown that the more fascinating the subject, the less observant the photographer.

Mahatma Gandhi

Mahatma Gandhi

I believe in equality for everyone, except reporters and photographers.

Ted Grant

Ted Grant

When you photograph people in color, you photograph their clothes. But when you photograph people in black and white, you photograph their souls.

Ernst Haas

Ernst Haas

Best wide-angle lens? Two steps backward.

Don’t park. Arrival is the death of inspiration.

I am not interested in shooting new things – I am interested to see things new.

David Alan Harvey

David Alan Harvey

Don’t shoot what it looks like. Shoot what it feels like.

Ralph Hattersley

Ralph Hattersley

We are making photographs to understand what our lives mean to us.

Lewis Hine

Lewis Hine

If I could tell the story in words, I wouldn't need to lug around a camera.

Chase Jarvis

Chase Jarvis

The best camera is the one that’s with you.

Peter Johns

Peter Johns

Pictures are all around us, waiting to be taken. The difficult part is recognising them but the secret is not just to record but to select.

Dorothea Lange

Dorothea Lange

It is not enough to photograph the obviously picturesque.

Don McCullin

Don McCullin

Photography for me is not looking, it’s feeling. If you can’t feel what you’re looking at, then you’re never going to get others to feel anything when they look at your pictures.

Marc Riboud

Marc Riboud

Taking pictures is savoring life intensely, every hundredth of a second.

Jim Richardson

Jim Richardson

If you want to be a better photographer, stand in front of more interesting stuff.

Ken Rockwell

Ken Rockwell

The camera's only job is to get out of the way of making photographs.

Cindy Sherman

Cindy Sherman

The still must tease with the promise of a story the viewer of it itches to be told.

Susan Sontag

Susan Sontag

The painter constructs, the photographer discloses.

Time eventually positions most photographs, even the most amateurish, at the level of art.

Edward Steichen

Edward Steichen

A portrait is not made in the camera but on either side of it.

Ellen Von Unwerth

Ellen Von Unwerth

A camera is a tool for learning how to see without a camera.

Tim Walker

Tim Walker

Only photograph what you love.

Eudora Welty

Eudora Welty

A good snapshot stops a moment from running away.

Unknown

Unknown

Good photos are like good jokes. If you have to explain it, it isn’t that good.

Life is like a camera. Just focus on what’s important and capture the good times, develop from the negatives and, if things don’t work out, just take another shot.

When people ask me what equipment I use, I tell them my eyes.

Painting

Scott Adams

Scott Adams

Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.

Ambrose Bierce

Ambrose Bierce

Painting: The art of protecting flat surfaces from the weather, and exposing them to the critic.

Ian Daniels

Ian Daniels

Finishing a painting is a slow withdrawal from it, until I abandon it.

Edgar Degas

Edgar Degas

Painting is easy when you don't know how, but very difficult when you do.

Peter Doig

Peter Doig

Painting becomes interesting when it becomes timeless.

Harvey Dunn

Harvey Dunn

If your life is full, you will paint full pictures. If it is empty, your pictures will be empty too.

Dan Fogelberg

Dan Fogelberg

Coming out of college with a degree in fine arts and painting isn't worth much any more.

Caspar David Friedrich

Caspar David Friedrich

If he sees nothing within, then he should stop painting what is in front of him.

Grace Hartigan

Grace Hartigan

I don't mind being miserable as long as I'm painting well.

Robert Henri

Robert Henri

The point is to know how to put nothing on the canvas, and have it look like something when you stand back.

Howard Hodgkin

Howard Hodgkin

I hate painting.

John Marin

John Marin

Painting is like golf; the fewer strokes I take, the better the picture.

Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso

We all know that Art is not truth. Art is a lie that makes us realise truth.

Jackson Pollock

Jackson Pollock

When I am in my painting, I'm not aware of what I'm doing.

Auguste Rodin

Auguste Rodin

I choose a block of marble and chop off whatever I don't need.

Mark Rothko

Mark Rothko

There is no such thing as good painting about nothing.

John Singer Sargent

John Singer Sargent

A portrait is a painting with something wrong with the mouth.

Richard Schmid

Richard Schmid

Paint like a pig eats.

Arthur Schopenhauer

Arthur Schopenhauer

Talent hits a target no one else can hit; genius hits a target no one else can see.

Tom Stoppard

Tom Stoppard

Skill without imagination is craftsmanship and gives us many useful objects such as wickerwork picnic baskets. Imagination without skill gives us modern art.

Wayne Thiebaud

Wayne Thiebaud

Painting is more important than art.

Vincent Van Gogh

Vincent Van Gogh

I dream of painting and then I paint my dream.

The only time I feel alive is when I'm painting.

Lila Wallace

Lila Wallace

A painting is like a man. If you can live without it, then there isn't much point in having it.

Unknown

Unknown

One man's maroon is another man's dirty red.