Every photographer knows that the creative journey is anything but a straight line. There are days when inspiration comes easy, and there are others when the creative well seems to have utterly dried up. In these moments, it's not about the kind of gear you possess or your technical knowhow but about your persistence, your courage to see from new perspectives, and your ability to find awe in the everyday. None but the greatest photography minds understand this better. They've stumbled on the same roadblocks, grappled with similar doubts, and most importantly, they've weathered through these phases. This humble understanding reflects in their powerful wisdom. For the times when your photographic vision seems blurry and the motivation dwindles, their words could serve as a guiding light. Hence, here is a list of inspirational quotes from established photographers to fuel your passion and creativity.
"Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst" - Henri Cartier-Bresson.
“The best thing about a picture is that it never changes, even when the people in it do." - Andy Warhol.
"When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence." - Ansel Adams.
"A good photograph is one that communicates a fact, touches the heart and leaves the viewer a changed person for having seen it." - Irving Penn.
"To me, photography is an art of observation. It's about finding something interesting in an ordinary place." - Elliott Erwitt.
"Photography is truth. The cinema is truth twenty-four times per second." - Jean-Luc Godard.
"There is one thing the photograph must contain, the humanity of the moment." - Robert Frank.
"The whole point of taking pictures is so that you don’t have to explain things with words." - Elliott Erwitt.
"Taking an image, freezing a moment, reveals how rich reality truly is." - Anonymous.
"Photography is a love affair with life." - Burk Uzzle.
“Taking pictures is savoring life intensely, every hundredth of a second." - Marc Riboud.
"Photography, as a powerful medium of expression and communications, offers an infinite variety of perception, interpretation and execution." - Ansel Adams.
"In photography, there is a reality so subtle that it becomes more real than reality." - Alfred Stieglitz.
"The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera." - Dorothea Lange.
"Photography is the story I fail to put into words." - Destin Sparks.
"Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still." - Dorothea Lange.
"A camera is a save button for the mind's eye." - Roger Kingston.
"Every time someone tells me how sharp my photos are, I assume that it isn't a very interesting photograph. If it were, they would have more to say." - Anonymous.
"You don’t take a photograph, you make it." - Ansel Adams.
"The picture that you took with your camera is the imagination you want to create with reality." - Scott Lorenzo.
“I think good dreaming is what leads to good photographs." - Wayne Miller
“A portrait is not made in the camera but on either side of it." - Edward Steichen
“The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera." - Dorothea Lange
“I don’t trust words. I trust pictures." - Gilles Peress
“You can look at a picture for a week and never think of it again. You can also look at a picture for a second and think of it all your life." - Joan Miro
“A good photograph is one that communicates a fact, touches the heart, and leaves the viewer a changed person for having seen it. It is, in a word, effective." - Irving Penn
“It is more important to click with people than to click the shutter." - Alfred Eisenstaedt
“There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer." - Ansel Adams
“A tear contains an ocean. A photographer is aware of the tiny moments in a person's life that reveal greater truths." - Anonymous
“If your pictures aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough." - Robert Capa
“The picture that you took with your camera is the imagination you want to create with reality." - Scott Lorenzo
“The whole point of taking pictures is so that you don’t have to explain things with words." - Elliott Erwitt
“Taking pictures is savoring life intensely, every hundredth of a second." - Marc Riboud
“Wherever there is light, one can photograph." - Alfred Stieglitz
“The camera makes you forget you’re there. It’s not like you are hiding but you forget, you are just looking so much." - Annie Leibovitz
“The camera sees more than the eye, so why not make use of it?" - Edward Weston
“Photography has no rules, it is not a sport. It is the result which counts, no matter how it is achieved." - Bill Brandt