Street photography quotes are a great way to find out how, and more importantly, why photographers capture the streets.
Many of them give us that reassuring advice that even if it is difficult, it’s worth it.
Some of these quotes come from famous street photographers. Other quotes come from those whose words resonate with my own ideas and thoughts.
Here are our 15 street photography quotes. Enjoy!
15. “The marvels of daily life are exciting; no movie director can arrange the unexpected that you find in the street.” – Robert Doisneau
14. “Don’t wait. The time will never be just right.” – Napoleon Hill
13. “Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear.” – George Addair
12. “I photograph to find out what something will look like photographed.” – Garry Winogrand
11. “I fell in love with the process of taking pictures, with wandering around finding things. To me it feels like a kind of performance. The picture is a document of that performance.” – Alec Soth
10. “Be yourself. I much prefer seeing something, even it is clumsy, that doesn’t look like somebody else’s work.” – William Klein
9. “You fill up the frame with feelings, energy, discovery, and risk, and leave room enough for someone else to get in there.” – Joel Meyerowitz
8. “All the technique in the world doesn’t compensate for the inability to notice.” – Elliott Erwitt
7. “A photograph has picked up a fact of life, and that fact will live forever.” – Raghu Rai
6. “If you can smell the street by looking at the photo, it’s a street photograph.” – Bruce Gilden
5. “It is more important to click with people than to click the shutter.” – Alfred Eisenstaedt
4. “Seeing is not enough; you have to feel what you photograph” – Andre Kertesz
3. “Since I’m inarticulate, I express myself with images.” – Helen Levitt
2. “There is a creative fraction of a second when you are taking a picture. Your eye must see a composition or an expression that life itself offers you, and you must know with intuition when to click the camera. That is the moment the photographer is creative. Oop! The Moment! Once you miss it, it is gone forever.” – Henri Cartier-Bresson
1. “If your photos aren’t good enough, then you’re not close enough” – Robert Capa