Quotations on photography

All the beauty of life is made up of light and shadow.

(Lew Nikolajewitsch Tolstoi)

When I try to stick with a concept or preconceived idea it becomes rigid and forced.

(Karen Divine)

Leave the door open for the unknown,[…] That’s where the most important things come from, where you yourself came from,[…]

(Rebecca Solnit)

Subhash: „Positioning #711” (Cyanotype)

Subhash: „Positioning #711” (Cyanotype); see also here

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

(Marc Riboud)

The bells and stones have voices but, unless they are struck, they will not sound.

(Dschuang Dsï)

An artist is a choreographer of reality, constantly shifting bounderies…

(Piero Golia)

Knowledge is an island surrounded by a see of mystery.

(Chet Raymo)

My pictures are never pre-visualized or planned. I feel strongly that pictures must come from contact with things…

(Wynn Bullock)

Mysteries lie all around us, even in the most familiar things, waiting only to be perceived.

(Wynn Bullock)

Talent is more important than technology.

(Andreas Feininger)

The camera is my tool. Through it I give a reason to everything around me.

(André Kertész)

The best way to go into an unknown territory is to go in ignorant…

(Dorothea Lange)

Aesthetics is for the artists as ornithology is for the birds.

(Barnett Newman)

You don't take a picture. You ask quietly and humbly to borrow it.


If you want to make more interesting pictures, become a more interesting person.

(Jay Maisel)

Seeing is forgetting the name of the thing one sees.

(Robert Irwin)

Photography is the only language that can be misunderstood all around the world.


Light to me is maybe the most profund truth of the universe.

(Wynn Bullock)

A technically perfect photograph can be the world's most boring picture.

(Andreas Feininger)

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

(Ernst Haas)

We are not interested in the unusual, but in the usual seen unusually.

(Beaumont Newhall)

Interpretation is the revenge of the intellect upon art.

(Susan Sontag)

We don't see things as they are, we see things as we are.

(Anaïs Nin)

The mechanical device has no other meaning for the photographer as perhaps the brush for the painter.

(Heinrich Kühn)

If you dont’t feel it, you won’t get it…


I photograph to see what things look like photographed.

(Garry Winogrand)

There is no such thing as progress or improvement in art. There is art or no art. There is nothing inbetween.

(Alfred Stieglitz)

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