A photographer is like the silent observer that sees something others don’t. It is this gift that makes photographers valuable – their vision illuminates the world in a new light. Throughout a photographer’s career, it’s important to not only find the subject you love to shoot but also find the creative energy and a new approach that will make their work stand out.

Photography is more than just about seeing, it’s having the technical skills and the artistic vision to execute your work. You can always work harder to improve your art and here is a little shove in a new direction – 35 inspirational quotes about photography from professionals in their field.

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“Light makes photography. Embrace light. Admire it. Love it. But above all, know light. Know it for all you are worth, and you will know the key to photography.”

– George Eastman

“A lot of photographers think that if they buy a better camera they’ll be able to take better photographs. A better camera won’t do a thing for you if you don’t have anything in your head or in your heart.”

– Arnold Newman

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“Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary.”

– Cecil Beaton

“What’s really important is to simplify. The work of most photographers would be improved immensely if they could do one thing: get rid of the extraneous. If you strive for simplicity, you are more likely to reach the viewer.”

William Albert Allard

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“It takes a lot of imagination to be a good photographer. You need less imagination to be a painter because you can invent things. But in photography everything is so ordinary; it takes a lot of looking before you learn to see the extraordinary.”

– David Bailey

“I don’t think there’s any such thing as teaching people photography, other than influencing them a little. People have to be their own learners. They have to have a certain talent.”

– Imogen Cunningham

“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

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“What makes photography a strange invention is that its primary raw materials are light and time.”

– John Berger

“John Loengard, the picture editor at Life, always used to tell me, ”If you want something to look interesting, don’t light all of it.”

Joe McNally

“No, you don’t shoot things. You capture them. Photography means painting with light. And that’s what you do. You paint a picture only by adding light to the things you see.”

Katja Michael

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“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

“When you photograph people in color, you photograph their clothes. But when you photograph people in Black and white, you photograph their souls!”

Ted Grant

“Photography has to transcend description. It has to go beyond description to bring insight into the subject, or reveal the subject, not as it looks, but how does it feel?”

Duane Michals

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“Which of my photographs is my favorite? The one I’m going to take tomorrow.”

– Imogen Cunningham

“Look and think before opening the shutter. The heart and mind are the true lens of the camera.”

– Yousuf Karsh

“My life is shaped by the urgent need to wander and observe, and my camera is my passport.”

– Steve McCurry

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“What makes photography a strange invention is that its primary raw materials are light and time.”

– John Berger

“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

“The best thing about a picture is that it never changes, even when the people in it do.”

– Andy Warhol

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“Beauty can be seen in all things, seeing and composing the beauty is what separates the snapshot from the photograph.”

– Matt Hardy

“I went into photography because it seemed like the perfect vehicle for commenting on the madness of today’s existence.”

– Robert Mapplethorpe

“Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever. It remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.”

– Aaron Siskind

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“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 Erwittdy Warhol

“One doesn’t stop seeing. One doesn’t stop framing. It doesn’t turn off and turn on. It’s on all the time.”

– Annie Leibovitz

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

– Ansel Adams

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