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15 Quotes About Photography to Inspire & Motivate You

By Hanssie on May 2nd 2016

A picture may be worth a thousand words, but words are still a powerful tool in this information age. Images have the power to inspire us, motivate us, and allow us to express ourselves when words fail, but words can also be an indispensable form of expression.

The following quotes on photography and art can be a source of motivation in times when you might be in a creative rut looking for some inspiration. They are some of my favorite quotes from fellow photographers, creatives, and artists from other mediums. Bookmark this page and visit it when you feel a need for some wisdom or to awaken your creative genius.

15 Quotes About Photography

“Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.” ~ Pablo Picasso



“I am not interested in shooting new things – I am interested to see things new.” ~Ernst Haas



“When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.” ~ Ansel Adams



“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” ~ Edgar Degas



“An essential aspect of creativity is not being afraid to fail.”  ~ Edwin Land



“I am interested in art as a means of living a life; not as a means of making a living.” ~Robert Henri



“Light makes photography. Embrace light. Admire it. Love it. But above all, know light. Know it for all you are worth, and you will know the key to photography.” ~ George Eastman



“Don’t ask what the world needs, ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” ~Howard Thurman



“You know there are moments such as these when time stands still…”  ~ Dorothea Lange



“Creativity takes courage.” ~ Henri Matisse



“Taking pictures is savoring life intensely every hundredth of a second.” ~ Mark Riboud



“I tend to think of the act of photographing, generally speaking, as an adventure. My favorite thing is to go where I’ve never been.” ~ Diane Arbus



“Quit trying to find beautiful objects to photograph. Find the ordinary objects so you can transform it by photographing it.”~ Morley Baer



“You just have to live and life will give you pictures.”~ Henri Cartier Bresson



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



These are some of my favorite quotes. What are yours? Comment below.

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Hanssie is a Southern California-based writer and sometimes portrait and wedding photographer. In her free time, she homeschools, works out, rescues dogs and works in marketing for SLR Lounge. She also blogs about her adventures and about fitness when she’s not sick of writing so much. Check out her work and her blog at Follow her on Instagram

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  3. Erika Pinkley

    Great article! Here’s my fave quote . “Color in a picture is like enthusiasm in life.” Vincent van Gogh

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  4. Michael Shea

    I love these quotes! Very inspiring indeed. Here’s mine, it’s more of my philosophy of photography than anything else. “Photography is more than taking a photo. It’s telling a story in such a way that one is captivated and moved to live life differently.” – Michael Shea

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  5. Wayne Gunn

    The quotes inspire but your heading doesn’t…… INPSIRE, really?……

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    • Scott Pacaldo

      “Wayne Gunn
      The quotes inspire but your heading doesn’t…… INPSIRE, really?……”

      — really? give her a break! you can correct a typo without being a jerk.

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  6. Lauchlan Toal

    Nice selection Hanssie. I think my all time favourite quote is Alfred Stieglitz’s “In photography there is a reality so subtle that it becomes more real than reality.”

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  7. Daniel Thullen

    Thank you for the Monday morning inspiration! How about: “Photography is an art of observation. It has little to do with the things you see, and everything to do with the way you see them.” – Elliot Erwitt

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  8. Andy & Amii Kauth

    Fun read. Other than Picasso & Thurman’s quotes above, here’s one of our favorites: “Be in stabbing distance!” – Huy Nguyen (That is, get in close to your subject[s].)

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