I’m trying to please myself; certainly that’s a big criterion… though in a sense, I don’t take images just for myself. I take images that I think other people will want to see. I don’t take pictures to put in a box and hide them. I want as many people to see them as possible.
~ Mary Ellen Mark ~
Pure photography allows us to create portraits which render their subjects with absolute truth, truth both physical and psychological. That is the principal which provided my starting point, once I had said to myself that if we can create portraits of subjects that are true, we thereby in effect create a mirror of the times in which those subjects live.
~ August Sander ~
We have to make room for other people. It’s a wheel. You get on. You go to the end. And someone else has the same opportunity to go to the end. And so on. And somebody else takes their place.
~ Vivan Maier ~
Very old photographs can’t really tell their stories because they have gone with the memories of their owners. They are like vessels adrift after breaking their moorings. Each one of us can let our imagination wander. We can grant them a new story.
~ Kensuke Koike ~
The photographic image…is a message without a code.
~ Roland Barthes ~
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.
~ Don McCullin ~
Recently, photography has become almost as widely practiced an amusement as sex and dancing – which means that, like every mass art form, photography is not practiced by most people as an art. It is mainly a social rite, a defense against anxiety, and a tool of power.
~Susan Sontag ~
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.
~ Terence Donovan ~
The rarest thing in the world is a woman who is pleased with photograph of herself.
Nothing happens when you sit at home. I always make it a point to carry a camera with me at all times…I just shoot at what interests me at that moment.
~ Elliott Erwitt ~
Beauty can be consoling, disturbing, sacred, profane; it can be exhilarating, appealing, inspiring, chilling. It can affect us in an unlimited variety of ways. Yet it is never viewed with indifference: beauty demands to be noticed; it speaks to us directly like the voice of an intimate friend. If there are people who are indifferent to beauty, then it is surely because they do not perceive it.
Being a photographer is making people look at what I want them to look at.
~ Ruth Orkin ~
Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst.
A photograph is a secret about a secret. The more it tells you the less you know.
~ Diane Arbus ~
The feeling we experience while we look at a picture is not to be distinguished from the picture or from ourselves. The feeling, picture, and ourselves are united in one mystery.
~ Rene Magritte ~
Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still.
~ Dorothea Lange ~
Photography, as we all know, is not real at all. It is an illusion of reality with which we create our own private world.
~ Arnold Newman ~
A photograph is the illusion of a literal description of how the camera ‘saw’ a piece of time and space.
~ Garry Winogrand ~
Photography is a glimpse through the lens, with the possibility ‘to see’ and ‘to learn’ how someone else views the world and finds their order or disorder. Perhaps aspects of this may become each others adopted – altered view.
~ Ron Wigglesworth ~
…photographs open doors into the past but they also allow a look into the future.
~ Sally Mann ~
think a photography class should be a requirement in all educational programs because it makes you see the world rather than just look at it.
~ Paul Lester ~
What i like about photographs is that they capture a moment that’s gone forever, impossible to reproduce.”
~ Karl Lagerfeld ~
I believe in equality for everyone, except reporters and photographers.
~ Mahatma Gandhi ~
If you can smell the street by looking at the photo, it’s a street photograph.
~ Bruce Gilden ~