The Best “Photo Memories Quotes”

US | Nov 24

Photos have always been art, but with the advent and popularity of video, the beauty of both photos and the words they represent becomes even more impactful.  The famous saying, “A picture says a thousand words” is germane here.

History behind “A picture is worth a thousand words”

The Norwegian playwright and theatre director Henrik Johan Ibsen pioneered the saying:

“A thousand words leave not the same deep impression as does a single deed.”  

After Ibsen, Tess Flanders was quoted at the Syracuse Advertising Men’s Club during a banquet to discuss journalism as saying:

“Use a picture.  It’s worth a thousand words.”  

And a similar phrase:

“One Look Is Worth A Thousand Words”, appears in a 1913 newspaper advertisement for the Piqua Auto Supply House in Ohio.  

And then the exact phrase appears in 1918 in the San Antonio Light:

One Picture is Worth a Thousand Words
The San Antonio Light’s Pictorial Magazine of the War
Exemplifies the truth of the above statement—judging from the warm reception it has received at the hands of the Sunday Light readers.  

And here are some of the:

Our favorite Photo Memories Quotes

A photograph is the pause button of life. 

Capture every moment as if its  your last

If you don’t think photos are important, wait until they are all that you have left. 

Live Life

Take Pictures

Relive Memories


One day, all your children will have is pictures of you.  Make sure you’re in them.  No matter what your hair looks like, your makeup, or your body, they won’t care about any of that, they’ll just want to see you.  

The best thin about a picture is that it never changes, even when the people in it do.  

We take photos as a return ticket to a moment otherwise gone.  

Annie Leibovitz Quotes

  • “One doesn’t stop seeing. One doesn’t stop framing. It doesn’t turn off and turn on. It’s on all the time.” 
  • “A thing that you see in my pictures is that I was not afraid to fall in love with these people.”
  • “When I take a picture I take 10 percent of what I see.”
  • “Photography’s like this baby that needs to be fed all the time. It’s always hungry. It needs to be read to, taken care of. I had to nourish my work with different approaches.” 
  • “You don’t have to sort of enhance reality. There is nothing stranger than truth.”
  • “Nature is so powerful, so strong. Capturing its essence is not easy – your work becomes a dance with light and the weather. It takes you to a place within yourself.”
  • “If it makes you cry, it goes in the show.”
  • “I’m more interested in being good than being famous.” 
  • In a portrait, you have room to have a point of view.  The image may not be literally what’s going on, but it’s representative.”
  • “I don’t think there’s anything wrong with white space.  I don’t think it’s a problem to have a blank wall.” 
  • “My hope is that we continue to nurture the paces that we love, but that we also look outside our immediate worlds.”  

Famous Ansel Adams Quotes

  • “Sometimes I do get to places just when God’s ready to have somebody click the shutter.”
  • “Photography is more than a medium for factual communication of ideas. It is a creative art.”
  • “It is horrifying that we have to fight our own government to save the environment.” 
  • “Ask yourself: “Does this subject move me to feel, think and dream?”
  • “No matter how sophisticated you may be, a large granite mountain cannot be denied – it speaks in silence to the very core of your being”
  • “Our lives at times seem a study in contrast… love & hate, birth & death, right & wrong… everything seen in absolutes of black & white. Too often we are not aware that it is the shades of grey that add depth & meaning to the starkness of those extremes.”
  • “Dodging and burning are steps to take care of mistakes God made in establishing tonal relationships.”
  • “To photograph truthfully and effectively is to see beneath the surfaces.”
  • “A great photograph is a full expression of what one feels about what is being photographed in the deepest sense, and is, thereby, a true expression of what one feels about life in its entirety.”
  • Myths and creeds are heroic struggles to comprehend the truth in the world.” 
  • “A true photograph need not be explained, nor can it be contained in words.”
  • “The only things in my life that compatibly exists with this grand universe are the creative works of the human spirit.”
  • “Millions of men have lived to fight, build palaces and boundaries, shape destinies and societies; but the compelling force of all times has been the force of originality and creation profoundly affecting the roots of human spirit.”
  • “In wisdom gathered over time I have found that every experience is a form of exploration.” 
  • “I believe there is nothing more disturbing than a sharp image of a fuzzy concept!”
  • “When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.” 
  • “Ask yourself: “Does this subject move me to feel, think and dream?” 


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