Photography quotes
'To the complaint,'There are no people in these photographs,'I respond,'There are always two people: the photographer and the viewer.'

- Ansel Adams
Any one who knows what the worth of family affection is among the lower classes, and who has seen the array of little portraits stuck over a laborer's fireplace will perhaps feel with me that in counteracting the tendencies, social and industrial, which every day are sapping the healthier family affections, the sixpenny photograph is doing more for the poor than all the philanthropists in the world.

- Magazine, Macmillan
A hundredth of a second here, a hundredth of a second there -- even if you put them end to end, they still only add up to one, two, perhaps three seconds, snatched from eternity.

- Doisneau, Robert
I have often thought that if photography were difficult in the true sense of the term -- meaning that the creation of a simple photograph would entail as much time and effort as the production of a good watercolor or etching -- there would be a vast improvement in total output. The sheer ease with which we can produce a superficial image often leads to creative disaster.

- Ansel Adams
The virtue of the camera is not the power it has to transform the photographer into an artist, but the impulse it gives him to keep on looking.

- Atkinson, Brooks
It is not merely the likeness which is precious... but the association and the sense of nearness involved in the thing... the fact of the very shadow of the person lying there fixed forever! It is the very sanctification of portraits I think -- and it is not at all monstrous in me to say that I would rather have such a memorial of one I dearly loved, than the noblest Artist's work ever produced.

- Browning, Elizabeth Barrett
The camera can photograph thought. It's better than a paragraph of sweet polemic.

- Bogarde, Dirk
Photographers deal in things which are continually vanishing and when they have vanished there is no contrivance on earth which can make them come back again.

- Henri Cartier Bresson
The magic of photography is metaphysical. What you see in the photograph isn't what you saw at the time. The real skill of photography is organized visual lying.

- Donovan, Terence
Sometimes you can tell a large story with a tiny subject.

- Porter, Eliot
The camera can represent flesh so superbly that, if I dared, I would never photograph a figure without asking that figure to take its clothes off.

- Shaw, George Bernard
The camera is a killing chamber, which speeds up the time it claims to be conserving. Like coffins exhumed and priced open, the photographs put on show what we were and what we will be again.

- Conrad, Peter
It is not altogether wrong to say that there is no such thing as a bad photograph -- only less interesting, less relevant, less mysterious ones.

- Sontag, Susan
The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.

- Lange, Dorothea
Photography, fortunately, to me has not only been a profession but also a contact between people - to understand human nature and record, if possible, the best in each individual.

- Nickolas Muray
I have no fear of photography as long as it cannot be used in heaven and in hell.

- Munch, Edvard
The camera introduces us to unconscious optics as does psychoanalysis to unconscious impulses.

- Benjamin, Walter
Photographers never have much incentive to show the world as it is.

- Leith, William
In America, the photographer is not simply the person who records the past, but the one who invents it.

- Sontag, Susan
Maybe because it's entirely an artist's eye, patience and skill that makes an image and not his tools.

- Ken Rockwell

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