50 Photography Quotes

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In this article, you will find 50 most inspiring and beautiful (landscape) photography quotes of all time by some of the most famous photographers and philosophers.

As a photographer, you sometimes run out of motivation to go on your shoots and you question yourself whether it is worth or not. Understanding the mindset of the world-class photographers and realizing that they too had difficulty waking up early, preparing for shoots, finding new ideas, yet they persisted and became the masters of their virtue.

This collection of photography quotes will help you with both; whether you’re just looking for a cute photography quote to put on your Instagram feed, or if you’re feeling down and new some fresh motivation.

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Landscape Photography Quotes 1-10

Landscape photography quotes #1

The first photography quote is tailored neither to photography nor is it by a famous photographer. I included it because I felt like it can be applied to virtually every profession and is wisdom worth remembering.

And who better to start with than one of the greatest minds of the 20th century – Albert Einstein?

1.“Look deep into nature and then you will understand everything better.”
— Albert Einstein

Arnold Newman was a mostly portrait photographer who photographed celebrities such as Marilyn Monroe, Ronald Reagan, and Pablo Picasso.

2. “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

Henri Cartier-Bresson was a French humanist photographer. He was an early user of 35mm film and considered a master of candid photography. He pioneered the genre of street photography and viewed photography as a capturing a decisive moment.

This is one of my favourite photography quotes:

3. “Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst.
— Henri Cartier-Bresson

Ernst Haas was an Austrian-American photojournalist and colour photographer, who was an early innovator in colour photography and the author of one of the most successful photography books ever.

4. “There is only you and your camera. The limitations in your photography are in yourself, for what we see is what we are.”
— Ernst Haas

Robert Heinecken was an American artist who referred to himself as a “photographer” because he made photographic images without a camera. He used magazine pages on light tables to create his very unique works. He typically worked from found images, transforming them through methods like lithography, etching, and direct-exposure photograms.

5. “There is a vast difference between taking a picture and making a photograph.”
— Robert Heinecken

Tim Walker is a British fashion photographer based in London. He photographed for Vogue, W Magazine, and LOVE Magazine.

6. “Only photograph what you love.”
— Tim Walker

Imogen Cunningham was an American photographer known for her botanical photography, nudes, and industrial landscapes. Nowadays, there exists an Imogen Cunningham Trust that is engaged in preserving her work, managing her rights, and promoting her work.

7. “Which of my photographs is my favourite? The one I’m going to take tomorrow.”
— Imogen Cunningham

Joe McNally is an American photographer who has been shooting for the National Geographic Society since 1987.

8. “Don’t pack up your camera until you’ve left the location.”
— Joe McNally

Galen Rowell was a California-born photographer, adventure photojournalist and climber. He was never formally trained as a photographer. He photographed for himself, and to share the beauty of the wild with his friends.

9. “There is no question that photography has played a major role in the environmental movement.”
— Galen Rowell

10. “I think landscape photography, in general, is somewhat undervalued.”
— Galen Rowel

Landscape Photography Quotes 11-20

Landscape photography quotes #2

Harry Gruyaert is a Belgian photographer known for his use of colour in images of India, Morocco, Egypt, and western Ireland. He also won the Kodak Prize.

11. “I think of photography like therapy.”
— Harry Gruyaert

Robert Adams is an American photographer who has focused on the changing landscape of the American West. He has received two Guggenheim Fellowships, a MacArthur Fellowship, the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize, and the Hasselblad Award.

12. “We rely, I think, on landscape photography to make intelligible to us what we already know.”
— Robert Adams

Florin Constantinescu is a wedding photographer from Romania.

13. “Everywhere is something which could be beautiful. You must only to see and to know what and how to take off, to crop from the infinity. Abstract, fine art, nature, landscape, and portrait photography.”
— Florin Constantinescu

Born in Germany, August Sander was a landscape, nature, architecture, and street photographer, who was described as the most important German portrait photographer of the early twentieth century.

14. “In photography, there are no shadows that cannot be illuminated.”
— August Sander

Gillies Peress is a French photographer mostly known for his examination of immigration in Europe. His project Hate Thy Brother looks at the intolerance and nationalism throughout the world and its consequences.

15. “I don’t trust words. I trust pictures.”
— Gilles Peress

This English photographer is best known for his unusual black & white landscapes featuring ethereal light by photographing at dawn or at night with exposures of up to 10 hours. This is the most famous photography quote by Michael Kenna:

16. “Everybody now has a camera, whether it is a professional instrument or just part of a phone. Landscape photography is a pastime enjoyed by more and more. Getting it right is not an issue. It is difficult to make a mistake with the sophisticated technology we now have. Making a personal and creative image is a far greater challenge.”
— Michael Kenna

Caroline Mueller is a professional photographer from Dallas

17. “What I look for in pictures I take: eyes, hands, head tilt, body language, background and use of space.”
— Caroline Mueller

18. “Photography is a calling that requires vigilance and alertness for that moment in time that only occurs once.”
— Caroline Mueller

19. “I often wished I could capture and share the sudden moments of beauty that I would see all around me.”
— Caroline Mueller

Best known for her Depression-era work for the FSA, Dorothea Lange’s photographs influenced the development of documentary photography and humanized the consequences of the Great Depression. Let’s learn something from this photography quote:

20. “A camera is a tool for learning how to see without a camera.”
— Dorothea Lange

Landscape Photography Quotes 21-30

Landscape photography quotes #3

Ansel Adam was an American landscape photographer known for his black-and-white images of the American West. In 1980, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his works as an environmentalist.

He is one of the most quoted landscape photographers, ever. But why? One could argue that he didn’t become famous due to his incredible photographs, which some even see as “boring”, but rather because he set a system in landscape photography for controlled methods which yield predictable results.

Ansel shared his knowledge and information with the world, that why this entire subsection is devoted to him, so we can give something back by devoting a full subsection of photography quotes to him.

21. “The single most important component of a camera is the twelve inches behind it.”
— Ansel Adams

22. “Twelve significant photographs in any one year is a good crop.”
— Ansel Adams

23. “You don’t take a photograph, you make it.”
— Ansel Adams

24. “A great photograph is one that fully expresses what one feels, in the deepest sense, about what is being photographed.”
— Ansel Adams

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

26. “A good photography is knowing where to stand.”
— Ansel Adams

27. “A true photograph need not be explained, nor can it be contained in words.”
— Ansel Adams

There’s a lot we can learn from Ansel’s landscape photography quotes. We just need to listen.

28. “Landscape photography is the supreme test of the photographer – and often the supreme disappointment.”
— Ansel Adams

29. “Not everybody trusts paintings, but people believe photographs.”
— Ansel Adams

30. “There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs.”
— Ansel Adams

Landscape Photography Quotes 31-40

Landscape photography quotes #4

Roger Kingston is a documentary photographer living in Boston. For over thirty years he worked for a variety of private and corporate clients.

31. “A camera is a SAVE button for the mind’s eye.”
— Roger Kingston

René Burri was a Swiss photographer who photographed major political, historical, and cultural events and key figures of the 20th century. He made portraits of Che Guevara and Pablo Picasso.

32. “My photography is the result of being there at the right moment.”
— René Burri

Matt Hardy is a landscape and commercial photographer from England. He has a diverse portfolio full of stunning high-contrast landscape shots.

33. “Beauty can be seen in all things.”
— Matt Hardy

Elliott Erwitt is an American advertising and documentary photographer known for his black and white candid photos of ironic and absurd situations within everyday settings.

He created a pretentious alter ego, AndrĂ© S. Solidor (abb. “ass”), was awarded the Royal Photographic Society’s Centenary Medal and an honorary fellowship.

34. “The whole point of taking pictures is so that you don’t have to explain things with words.”
— Elliott Erwitt

Destin Sparks is an award-winning landscape photographer, dedicated to capturing nature’s grandeur in an evocative, powerful way.

35. “Photography is the story I fail to put into words.”
— Destin Sparks

Charlie Waite is an English landscape photographer noted for his “painterly” approach in using light and shade.

36. “A landscape image cuts across all political and national boundaries, it transcends the constraints of language and culture.”
— Charlie Waite

Robert Frank was a Swiss photographer and documentary filmmaker, whose most notable book The Americans earned him comparisons to a modern-day de Tocqueville.

37. “The eye should learn to listen before it looks.”
— Robert Frank

38. “When people look at my pictures I want them to feel the way they do when they want to read a line of a poem twice.”
— Robert Frank

Robert Capa was Hungarian-American was photographer and photojournalist. He is considered to be the greatest combat and adventure photographer in history. And as a part of his legacy, he left us with two lovely photography quotes.

39. “If your pictures are not good enough then you’re not close enough.”
— Robert Capa

40. “The pictures are there, and you just take them.”
— Robert Capa

Landscape Photography Quotes 41-50

Landscape photography quotes #5

Robert Mapplethorpe was an American photographer, best known for his black-and-white photographs. He has photographed a wide array of subjects, including celebrity portraits, male and female nudes, and still-life images.

41. “The more pictures you see, the better you are as a photographer.”
— Robert Mapplethorpe

42. “If a day goes by without my doing something related to photography, it’s as though I’ve neglected something essential to my existence, as though I had forgotten to wake up.”
— Robert Mapplethorpe

43. “With photography, you zero in; you put a lot of energy into short moments, and then you go on to the next thing.”
— Robert Mapplethorpe

Burk Uzzle is an American photojournalist and a former president of Magnum Photos.

44. “Photography is a love affair with life.”
— Burk Uzzle

Berenice Abbott was an American photographer best known for her portraits of between-the-wars 20th century cultural figures, New York City photographs of architecture and urban design of the 1930s, and science interpretation in the 1940s to 1960s.

45. “Photography helps people to see.”
— Berenice Abbott

Diane Arbus was an American photographer. She worked with a wide range of subjects including members of the LGBTQ+ community, strippers, carnival performers, nudists, dwarves, children, mothers, couples, elderly people, and middle-class families. She photographed her subjects in familiar settings: their homes, on the street, in the workplace, in the park.

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

And to finish this list of most beautiful photography quotes, let’s list some whose creators were forgotten.

47. “Take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints, kill nothing but time.”
— Unknown

48. “Taking an image, freezing a moment, reveals how rich reality truly is.”
— Unknown

49. “Photography is the art of frozen time… the ability to store emotion and feelings within a frame.”
— Unknown

… and we reached the end of photography quotes list

50. “The best view comes after the hardest climb.”
— Unknown

I hope that these photography quotes inspired you and refreshed your psyche, so you’ll be once again motivated to go out and create beautiful photos.

Which photography quote was your favourite? Let me know in the comments bellow.

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