“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.”

- Rober Frank

“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.”

- Paul Caponigro

“I can get obsessed by anything if I look at it long enough. That’s the curse of being a photographer.”

- Irving Penn

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

- Marc Riboud

“If I have any ‘message’ worth giving to a beginner it is that there are no shortcuts in photography.”

- Edward Weston

“I don’t know what good composition is…. Sometimes for me composition has to do with a certain brightness or a certain coming to restness and other times it has to do with funny mistakes. There’s a kind of rightness and wrongness and sometimes I like rightness and sometimes I like wrongness.”

- Diane Arbus

In photography, the smallest thing can be a great subject. The little, human detail can become a Leitmotiv.

- Henri Cartier-Bresson

“If you scrutinize reality closely enough, if in some way you really, really get to it, it becomes fantastic.”

- Diane Arbus

“The Chinese have a theory that you pass through boredom into fascination and I think it’s true. I would never choose a subject for what it means to me or what I think about it. You’ve just got to choose a subject – and what you feel about it, what it means, begins to unfold if you just plain choose a subject and do it enough.”

- Diane Arbus

It is one thing to photograph people. It is another to make others care about them by revealing the core of their humanness.

- Paul Strand

“Sensitive people faced with the prospect of a camera portrait put on a face they think is the one they would like to show to the world… Every so often what lies behind the facade is rare and more wonderful than the subject knows or dares to believe.”

- Irving Penn

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

- Ansel Adams

“A portrait is not a likeness. The moment an emotion or fact is transformed into a photograph it is no longer a fact but an opinion. There is no such thing as inaccuracy in a photograph. All photographs are accurate. None of them is the truth. ”

- Richard Avedon

A great photograph is a full expression of what one feels about what is being photographed in the deepest sense and is, thereby, a true expression of what one feels about life in its entirety.

- Ansel Adams

Actually, I’m not all that interested in the subject of photography. Once the picture is in the box, I’m not all that interested in what happens next. Hunters, after all, aren’t cooks.

- Henri Cartier-Bresson

Every artist I suppose has a sense of what they think has been the importance of their work. But to ask them to define it is not really a fair question. My real answer would be, the answer is on the wall.

- Paul Strand

Photography is an immediate reaction, drawing is a meditation.

- Henri Cartier-Bresson

A picture is the expression of an impression. If the beautiful were not in us, how would we ever recognize it?

- Ernst Haas

“Using simple equipment and daylight alone is for me a pleasure and a replenishment.”

- Irving Penn

The important thing is, you have to have something important to say about the world.

- Paul Strand

The negative is the equivalent of the composer’s score and the print the performance.

- Ansel Adams

“Some pictures are tentative forays without your even knowing it. They become methods. It’s important to take bad pictures. It’s the bad ones that have to do with what you’ve never done before. They can make you recognize something you hadn’t seen in a way that will make you recognize it when you see it again.”

- Diane Arbus

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

- Ansel Adams

There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs.

- Ansel Adams

“I’m very little drawn to photographing people that are known or even subjects that are known. They fascinate me when I’ve barely heard of them.” – Diane Arbus“I work from awkwardness. By that I mean I don’t like to arrange things. If I stand in front of something, instead of arranging it, I arrange myself.”

- Diane Arbus

Did I express my personality? I think that’s quite unimportant because it’s not people’s selves but what they have to say about life that’s important.

- Paul Strand

“Today everything exists to end in a photograph.”

- Susan Sontag

Photography is the simultaneous recognition, in a fraction of a second, of the significance of an event as well as the precise organization of forms which gives that event its proper expression.

- Henri Cartier-Bresson

It is my intention to present – through the medium of photography – intuitive observations of the natural world which may have meaning to the spectators.

- Ansel Adams

“A thing that you see in my pictures is that I was not afraid to fall in love with these people.”

- Annie Leibovitz

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

- Ansel Adams

“With photography a new language has been created. Now for the first time it is possible to express reality by reality. We can look at an impression as long as we wish, we can delve into it and, so to speak, renew past experiences at will.”

- Ernst Haas

“All photographs are memento mori. To take a photograph is to participate in another person’s (or thing’s) mortality, vulnerability, mutability. Precisely by slicing out this moment and freezing it, all photographs testify to time’s relentless melt.”

- Susan Sontag

If your pictures aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough.

- Robert Capa

To me, photography is the simultaneous recognition, in a fraction of a second, of the significance of an event.

- Henri Cartier-Bresson

Your photography is a record of your living, for anyone who really sees.

- Paul Strand

“I really believe there are things nobody would see if I didn’t photograph them.”

- Diane Arbus

Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst.

- Henri Cartier-Bresson

“Bored with obvious reality, I find my fascination in transforming it into a subjective point of view.”

- Ernst Haas