Sam Abell:
"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."
"My best work is often almost unconscious and occurs ahead of my ability to understand it."
"Photography, alone of the arts, seems perfected to serve the desire humans have for a moment - this very moment - to stay."

Ansel Adams:
"There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs.
"When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence."
"A true photograph need not be explained, nor can it be contained in words."
"Simply look with perceptive eyes at the world about you, and trust to your own reactions and convictions. Ask yourself: 'Does this subject move me to feel, think and dream? Can I visualize a print - my own personal statement of what I feel and want to convey - from the subject before me?'"
"Photography is more than a medium for factual communication of ideas. It is a creative art."
"Photography, as a powerful medium of expression and communications, offers an infinite variety of perception, interpretation and execution."
"There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer."
"These people live again in print as intensely as when their images were captured on old dry plates of sixty years ago... I am walking in their alleys, standing in their rooms and sheds and workshops, looking in and out of their windows. Any they in turn seem to be aware of me."

William Albert Allard:
"I think the best pictures are often on the edges of any situation, I don't find photographing the situation nearly as interesting as photographing the edges."

Brooks Atkinson:
"The virtue of the camera is not the power it has to transform the photographer into an artist, but the impulse it gives him to keep on looking."

Richard Avedon:
"My portraits are more about me than they are about the people I photograph."

Louis Fabian Bachrach:
"The departure of our boys to foreign parts with the ever-present possibility that they might never return, taught the real value of photography to every father and mother. To many a mother the photograph of her boy in his country's uniform was the one never-failing consolation."

Harry Callahan:
"I wish more people felt that photography was an adventure the same as life itself and felt that their individual feelings were worth expressing. To me, that makes photography more exciting."

Cornel Capa:
"Photography has the capacity to provide images of man and his environment that are both works of art and moments in history."

Henri Cartier-Bresson:
"Photographers deal in things which are continually vanishing and when they have vanished there is no contrivance on earth which can make them come back again."
“To photograph is to hold one's breath, when all faculties converge to capture fleeting reality. It's at that precise moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy.”

Frank Deford:
"She glances at the photo, and the pilot light of memory flickers in her eyes."

Elliott Erwitt:
“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.”
“Now very often events are set up for photographers... The weddings are orchestrated about the photographers taking the picture, because if it hasn't been photographed it doesn't really exist.”

Ernst Haas:
"There is only you and your camera. The limitations in your photography are in yourself, for what we see is what we are."
"I am not interested in shooting new things - I am interested to see things new."
"The camera doesn't make a bit of difference. All of them can record what you are seeing. But, you have to SEE."

Dorothea Lange:
“Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still.”
"Where there is perhaps a province in which the photograph can tell us nothing more than what we see with our own eyes, there is another in which it proves to us how little our eyes permit us to see."
"The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera."

Jacques-Henri Lartigue:
"Photography to me is catching a moment which is passing, and which is true."

Duane Michals:
"Photography deals exquisitely with appearances, but nothing is what it appears to be."
"Think photographs should be provocative and not tell you what your already know. It takes no great powers or magic to reproduce somebody's face in a photograph. The magic is in seeing people in new ways."

Eliot Porter:
"You learn to see by practice. It's just like playing tennis, you get better the more you play. The more you look around at things, the more you see. The more you photograph, the more you realize what can be photographed and what can't be photographed. You just have to keep doing it."

Aaron Siskind:
“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.”

W. Eugene Smith:
"Photography is a small voice, at best, but sometimes one photograph, or a group of them, can lure our sense of awareness."

Paul Strand:
"Your photography is a record of your living, for anyone who really sees."
"It is one thing to photograph people. It is another to make others care about them by revealing the core of their humanness."