Short Photography Quotes: One Photograph Many Definitions

Pictures are memories for a lifetime and beyond. This article has a collection of crisp and short photography quotes.

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We love to capture our memories sweet and emotional in a photograph. A picture says a thousand words and makes us nostalgic whenever we look at them. This article has some of the best short photography quotes:

“Photography is the story I fail to put into words.”

— Destin Sparks

“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

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

— Ansel Adams

In photography, there is a reality so subtle that it becomes more real than reality.”

— Alfred Stieglitz

“There is one thing the photograph must contain, the humanity of the moment.”


— Robert Frank

“Taking an image, freezing a moment, reveals how rich reality truly is.”

— Anonymous

“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

“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

“We are making photographs to understand what our lives mean to us.”

— Ralph Hattersley

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

— Annie Leibovitz

“I believe in equality for everyone, except reporters and photographers.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

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


– Edward Weston

“I used to think that I could never lose anyone if I photographed them enough. In fact, my pictures show me how much I’ve lost.”

― Nan Goldin

“I guess I’ve shot about 40,000 negatives and of these, I have about 800 pictures I like.”

– Harry Callahan

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

― Ansel Adams

“What I have learnt and what I teach now is all about experimentation and learning to pick yourself up and try again when you fall down.”

– Lara Jade

“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

To me, it is better to ‘guess’ at how something works, experiment, fail, guess again, fail, and keep repeating that process over and over again until you either figure it out or you discover a multiplicity of other cool tricks along the way.”

– Trey Ratcliff

“As I have practiced it, photography produces pleasure by simplicity. I see something special and show it to the camera. A picture is produced. The moment is held until someone sees it. Then it is theirs.”


– Sam Abell

“There is a creative fraction of a second when you are taking a picture. Your eye must see a composition or an expression that life itself offers you, and you must know with intuition when to click the camera. That is the moment the photographer is creative. Oop! The Moment! Once you miss it, it is gone forever.”

– Henri Cartier-Bresson

What i like about photographs is that they capture a moment that’s gone forever, impossible to reproduce.”

― Karl Lagerfeld

There are no bad pictures; that's just how your face looks sometimes.”

― Abraham Lincoln

“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

“It is a cruel, ironical art, photography. The dragging of captured moments into the future; moments that should have been allowed to be evaporated into the past; should exist only in memories, glimpsed through the fog of events that came after. Photographs force us to see people before their future weighed them down....”

_Kate Morton

“A photographer is like a cod, which produces a million eggs in order that one may reach maturity.”

― George Bernard Shaw

“People spot a big black lens, and they worry about what they're doing, or how their hair looks. Nobody see the person holding the camera.”

― Erica O'Rourke

“Photography is all about secrets. The secrets we all have and will never tell.”

― Kim Edwards

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