Sam Abel from Stay this Moment


A mad, keen photographer needs to get out in the world and work and make mistakes. 


I believe in the resonance and staying power of quiet photographs.


Spiritually driven work constitutes the core of photography’s contribution to culture. 


A tripod allows me to linger over a composition for more than a moment. 


Photography produces pleasure by simplicity.


Photoshop is a dark art.  Improvement is not photography; seeing is photography.  (from a talk in NYC 2015)


Compose your picture, and wait.


Bad weather makes good pictures.




Ansel Adams


There is nothing worse than a sharp image of a fuzzy concept.


A good photograph is knowing where to stand.


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




Brigitte Bardot


A photograph can be an instant of life captured for eternity that will never cease looking back at you.




Wynn Bullock


Mysteries lie all around us, even in the most familiar settings, waiting only to be perceived.


When I photograph, what I'm really doing is seeking answers to things.


The urge to photograph comes in part from the deep desire to live with more integrity, to live more in peace with the world, and possibly to help others to do the same.


You can expand your reality by developing new ways of perceiving.




Robert Capa


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


I hope to stay unemployed as a war photographer till the end of my life.

   [Capa was killed by a landmine in Viet Nam]




Henri Cartier-Bresson from The Mind’s Eye


One must always take photographs with the greatest respect for the subject and for oneself.  


I had just discovered the Leica.  It became the extension of my eye, and I have never been separated from it since I found it.  


Twenty-five years have passed since I started to look through my view-finder.  But I regard myself still as an amateur, though I am no longer a dilettante.  


In photography, the smallest thing can be a great subject.  


We photographers, in the course of taking pictures, inevitably make a judgement on what we see, and that implies a great responsibility. 


Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst.


HCB from other souces:


What is photojournalism? Occasionally, a very unique photo, in which form is precise and rich enough and content has enough resonance, is sufficient in itself - but that's rarely the case. The elements of a subject that speak to us are often scattered and can't be captured in one photo; we don't have the right to force them together, and to stage them would be cheating... which brings us to the need for photojournalism. 


It is an illusion that photos are made with the camera… they are made with the eye, heart and head.


Shooting with a Leica is like a long, tender kiss.


You just have to live and life will give you pictures.


It is the photo that takes you.




Elliott Erwitt


All the technique in the world doesn’t compensate for the inability to notice.


If it hasn’t been photographed it doesn’t really exist.


It’s about time we started to take photography seriously and treat it as a hobby.




David Fokos


I’ve been photographing for 30 years and I have 60 photographs in my portfolio.


Photography is not about the equipment, so anything you can do to minimize the amount of time you spend thinking about it and fiddling with it, the better. For example, I use only one lens. If I had more than one lens I would have to stop to choose which one to use – I would be thinking about the equipment. When you have too many choices it’s possible to be paralyzed by indecision. Ironically, giving up choice actually gives me more freedom.


Choose one subject and explore it deeply.




Ashley Gilbertson


Be in the moment.




Ernst Haas


The limitations of your photography are in yourself.


You don't take pictures; the good ones happen to you.


A picture is the expression of an impression.




Ted Hammond


For environmental portraits, choose your background first, and avoid vertical lines coming out of the subject's head.




David Alan Harvey


Don't shoot what it looks like.  Shoot what it feels like.


One camera, one lens, one film.  You really have to put yourself in a position of danger to be creative.




Yousuf Karsh


The heart and mind are the true lens of the camera.


The trouble with photographing beautiful women is that you never get into the dark room until after they’re gone.




Michael Kenna


Nothing is ever the same twice because everything is always gone forever, and yet each moment has infinite photographic possibilities.  


Sometimes the most interesting visual phenomena occur when you least expect them.




Paul Nicklin


Amateurs tend to follow the camera.




Eliot Porter


Sometimes you can tell a large story with a tiny subject.




Galen Rowell


My first thought is always of light.




Josef Sudek from Poet of Prague


A photographer should never impose restrictions upon himself.




Selbastiao Selgado


I adore photography, taking photographs, holding my camera, choosing my frame, playing with the light.




Henry Thoreau


It's not what you look at that matters, but what you see.




Peter Turnley


I continue to hope and believe that the best stories and photographs are yet to occur.




Jerry Uelsmann


There are no uninteresting things.  Only uninterested people


Did you hear about the professor who dreamed that he was giving a lecture and woke up to find that he was?


Ultimately, my hope is to amaze myself.




Edward Weston


The camera sees more than the eye.