15 Photography Quotes for When You Need a Little Inspiration

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15 Photography Quotes for When You Need a Little Inspiration

Photographers are generally ultra-inspired people. The endless pursuit of capturing an amazing image at the perfect moment is enough to keep you up and running for hours on end. But, even the most motivated, passionate and successful creatives experience off days here and there, sometimes even for several days at a time.

Rediscovering inspiration can be as easy or as excruciating as you want it to be. For those who prefer to go with the flow and let creativity come to them, a simple quote can be enough to jump-start your mindset. Here are 15 photography quotes that are sure to inspire:

“There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer.”

– Ansel Adams


“I don’t trust words. I trust pictures.”

– Gilles Peress


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

– Mark Riboud


“The best thing about a picture is that it never changes, even when the people in it do.”

– Andy Warhol


“Twelve significant photographs in any one year is a good crop.”

– Ansel Adams


“Photography is a love affair with life.”

– Burk Uzzle


“Photographs open doors into the past, but they also allow a look into the future.”

– Sally Mann


“The picture that you took with your camera is the imagination you want to create with reality.”

– Scott Lorenzo


“Don’t shoot what it looks like. Shoot what it feels like.”

– David Alan Harvey


“One doesn’t stop seeing. One doesn’t stop framing. It doesn’t turn off and on. It’s on all the time.”

– Annie Leibovitz


“Wherever there is light, one can photograph.”

– Alfred Stieglitz


“The first 10,000 photographs are your worst”

– Henry Cartier-Bresson


“A photograph is a secret about a secret. The more it tells you the less you know.”

– Diane Arbus


“Photography, as a powerful medium of expression and communication, offers an infinite variety of perception, interpretation, and execution.”

– Ansel Adams


“A camera is a tool for learning how to see without a camera.”

– Dorothea Lange