12 Inspirational Photographers' Quotes

By SnapSquad - March 12, 2018



Your love of taking pictures has won over you and you are now a professional photographer. You simply love what you do and you find it exciting and your head is filled with creativity for your work. Now here is the downside: it is hard work and sometimes work piling up or even people you have to interact with can become stressful.  You need a moral lift? I have it ready for you, in the form of quotes from famous photographers, past and present I want to share with you. 12 quotes to help you remember never to let the challenges destroy your joy of being a photographer.

1-“And if a day goes by without my doing something related to photography, it’s as though I’ve neglected something essential to my existence, as though I had forgotten to wake up. I know that the accident of my being a photographer has made my life possible.” – Richard Avedon – USA- 1923-2004

2-“I spend a lot of time preparing. I think a lot about what I want to do. I have prep books, little notebooks in which I write everything down before a sitting. Otherwise I would forget my ideas. Helmut Newton – Germany – 1920-2004

3-“It is an illusion that photos are made with the camera… they are made with the eye, heart and head.” – Henri Cartier-Bresson – France – 1908-2004

4-“Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst.” ―Henri Cartier-Bresson- France -1908-2004

5-“…one sees differently with color photography than black-and-white… in short, visualization must be modified by the specific nature of the equipment and materials being used.” – Ansel Adams – USA - 1902-1984 -

6-“You always have to use your own fascinations as a starting point. It's the same if you are in a group of people: you will always look at the people who are the most interesting to you. The same goes for photography, you have to photograph what you like. Passion is really important.” Rineke Dijkstra – Netherlands -1959


7-“I realize more and more what it takes to be a really good photographer. You go in over your head, not just up to your neck.” Dorothea Lange – USA – 1895-1965

8-“Photographers stop photographing a subject too soon before they have exhausted the possibilities.” Dorothea Lange – 1895-1965

9-“My life is shaped by the urgent need to wander and observe, and my camera is my passport.” - Steve McCurry – USA-

10-“If you want to be a photographer, first leave home.” Steve McCurry – USA – 1950

11- “I admired the work of photographers like Beaton, Penn, and Avedon as much as I respected the grittier photographers such as Robert Frank. But in the same way that I had to find my own way of reportage, I had to find my own form of glamour.” Annie Leibovitz – USA- 1949

12-“Taking pictures is savouring life intensely, every hundredth of a second.” –Marc Riboud – France -1923-2016



Author: Annie R. Teo

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