Photography to me is …


Photography means so many different things to various photographers and to the viewers of photographs they produce. I have gathered a number of better known quotes from famous photographers to show what it meant to them:

  • “Photography to me is catching a moment which is passing, and which is true.” Jacques-Henri Lartigue
  • “Think photographs should be provocative and not tell you what you already know. It takes no great powers or magic to reproduce somebody’s face in a photograph. The magic is in seeing people in new ways.” Duane Michals
  • “Photography, as a powerful medium of expression and communications, offers an infinite variety of perception, interpretation and execution.” Ansel Adams
  • “Photography has the capacity to provide images of man and his environment that are both works of art and moments in history.” Cornell Capa
  • “To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place… I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.” Elliott Erwitt
  • “Photography can only represent the present. Once photographed, the subject becomes part of the past.” Berenice Abbott
  • “One should really use the camera as though tomorrow you’d be stricken blind.” Dorothea Lange
  • “In photography, the smallest thing can be a great subject. The little, human detail can become a Leitmotiv.” Henri Cartier-Bresson
  • “I wish that all of nature’s magnificence, the emotion of the land, the living energy of place could be photographed.” Annie Leibovitz

Finally a quote for these, who own cameras, take photographs and yet have not a single thread of art in them: “Having and camera makes you no more a photographer than having a hammer and some nails makes you a carpenter.” Claude Adams