50 photography quotes to inspire you

50 photography quotes to inspire you

Paul Caponigro

Caponigro is known as one of American’s leading landscape photographers, although he also photographs still life.

41. “It’s one thing to make a picture of what a person looks like, it’s another thing to make a portrait of who they are.”

Philip Jones Griffiths
1936 – 2008

Jones Griffiths was a Welsh photojournalist. He is famed for his coverage of the Vietnam war.

42. “… we are there with our cameras to record reality. Once we start modifying that which exists, we are robbing photography of its most valuable attribute.”


Rankin is an English portrait and fashion photographer whose work has been widely shown in popular media.

43. “There’s a time when people say your work is revolutionary, but you have to keep being revolutionary. I can’t keep shooting pop stars all my life. You have to keep changing, keep pushing yourself, looking for the new, the unusual.”

Robert Capa
1913 – 1954

Capa was a Hungarian photojournalist known for his war photography. He is perhaps best known for photographing key events during World War II, including the D-Day landings.

44. “If your pictures aren’t good enough, you aren’t close enough.”

45. “The pictures are there, and you just take them.”

Robert Frank

Frank is best known for his book The Americans, which was very influential, providing an outsider’s view of American society.

46. “The eye should learn to listen before it looks.”

Robert Mapplethorpe
1946 – 1989

Mapplethorpe was an American photographer who became known for his large-scale photographic images. His series of homoerotic portraits were subject to much controversy.

47. “The more pictures you see, the better you are as a photographer.”

Sally Mann

Mann is a renowned American photographer. Her abstract, black and white photographs cover varied subjects including landscapes and portraits.

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

Tim Walker

Walker is a British fashion photographer whose work has been included in such highly-acclaimed titles as Vogue.

49. “Only photograph what you love.”

W Eugene Smith
1918 – 1978

Smith is best known for his hard-hitting photographs of World War II.

50. “Photography is a small voice, at best, but sometimes one photograph, or a group of them, can lure our sense of awareness.”

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