Famous photographers tell.
Quotes. A complex idea portrayed in a thought-provoking manageable fashion. There's a mountain of quotes out there, and no doubt you have heard your fair share of them. And maybe some stuck with you. I believe that there's plenty to be learnt from quotes and some of my personal favourites come from people such as Mark Twain or Nelson Mandela. However, today I won't be sharing quotes about life but rather some of my favourite quotes by infamous photographers.
With no further ado, here are my top 5 photography quotes.
Edward Henry Weston
Starting off with Edward Henry Weston. He once said,
"I see no reason for recording the obvious."
Edward Weston was a 20th-century American photographer. He has been called "one of the most innovative and influential American photographers..." and "one of the masters of 20th-century photography.
Weston's quote inspires a sense of uniqueness, in that no artist or photographer should purposefully copy that of another; rather, they should create their art their way.
Ansel Adams was an American landscape photographer and environmentalist known for his black-and-white images of the American West.
One of his most impressive quotes was,
"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."
This quote, in my opinion, identifies the fear that some photographers may feel. The sense that they mustn't take a photo just because it may be slightly flawed. According to Adams, those "flaws" make you recognize something you haven't before.
Next on my list is Annie Leibovitz. She is an American portrait photographer. She is best known for her engaging portraits, particularly of celebrities, which often feature subjects in intimate settings and poses.
One of my favourite quotes is,
"The camera makes you forget you're there. It's not like you are hiding, but you forget, you are just looking so much."
Ralph M. Hattersley, Jr.
Ralph M. Hattersley, Jr. was an American photographic educator, commentator, journalist, and photographer.
He once said,
"We are making photographs to understand what our lives mean to us."
Karl Otto Lagerfeld
The last quote on my list is from Karl Otto Lagerfeld, a German creative director, fashion designer, artist, photographer, and caricaturist living in Paris.
I really love this quote,
"What I like about photographs is that they capture a moment that's gone forever, impossible to reproduce."
As a photographer myself, I seek inspiration in everyday life and those that came before me and stunned the world with their excellence. So those were my top 5 photography quotes, and I hope they spoke to you in the same way they did to me.