Photography Quotes

The following quotes on photography represent some of the most inspiring thoughts that have and continue to shape my artistic vision, style and photographic philosophy.

Ansel Adams

Ansel Adams

“You don't make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.”

“You don’t take a photograph, you make it.”

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.”



Edward Steichen

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


richard Avedon

“A portrait is not a likeness. The moment an emotion or fact is transformed into a photograph it is no longer a fact but an opinion. There is no such thing as inaccuracy in a photograph. All photographs are accurate. None of them is the truth. ”


yousuf karsh

“If it's a likeness, alone, it's not a success. If, through my portraits, you can come to know the subjects more meaningfully, if it synthesizes your feelings toward someone whose work has imprinted itself on your mind--if you see a photograph and say, ‘Yes, this is the person’, with a little new insight -- that is a beautiful experience.”

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Susan Sontag

“The painter constructs, the photographer discloses.”