A fellow photographer recently posted this on the Photographers Group Facebook page and I thoroughy enjoyed reading it. I asked where it came from and was told from another photographer who got it as a birthday card, so I kept digging.
Who said all this cool stuff?
It turns out it wasn’t one person. This is a mashup by many different photographers. With a little help from Google I looked them up. While most of these quotes are by famous photographers, it is interesting to note that the last quote (and most profound in my opinion) which is about directing the viewers’ attention was made by Steven Pinker, a cognitive psychologist.
“Photography is the only language that can be understood anywhere in the world.” — Bruno Barbey
“Light makes photography. Embrace light. … Know it for all you are worth, and you will know the key to photography.” – George Eastman
“A good photograph is knowing where to stand.” – Ansel Adams
“Photography is an art of observation. It has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.” – Elliott Erwitt
“The best thing about a picture is that it never changes, even when the people in it do.” – Andy Warhol
“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
“The quickest way to make money in photography is to sell your camera” – Not sure who first said this (it’s brilliant!). It’s been floating around the Internet for a while.
“The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.” – Dorthea Lange
“Taking pictures is savoring life intensely, every hundredth of a second.”– Marc Riboud.
“The art of photography is all about directing the attention of the viewer.” – Steven Pinker