You don't take a photograph, you make it.
I never have taken a picture I've intended. They're always better or worse.
Photograph: a picture painted by the sun without instruction in art.
If your pictures aren't good enough, you aren't close enough.
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.
If I could tell the story in words, I wouldn't need to lug around a camera.
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.
There is only you and your camera. The limitations in your photography are in yourself, for what we see is what we are.
While 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.
Never boss people around. It's more important to click with people than to click the shutter.
No place is boring, if you've had a good night's sleep and have a pocket full of unexposed film.
Dodging and burning are steps to take care of mistakes God made in establishing tonal relationships.
A great photograph is one that fully expresses what one feels, in the deepest sense, about what is being photographed.
Sometimes I do get to places just when God's ready to have somebody click the shutter.
Twelve significant photographs in any one year is a good crop.
A good snapshot stops a moment from running away.
Beauty can be seen in all things.
In photography there is a reality so subtle that it becomes more real than reality.
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.
Photography is a major force in explaining man to man.
The best thing about a picture is that it never changes, even when the people in it do.
Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving.
A portrait is not made in the camera but on either side of it.
Beauty can be seen in all things, seeing and composing the beauty is what separates the snapshot from the photograph.
My life is shaped by the urgent need to wander and observe, and my camera is my passport.
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