12 Great Quotes About Photography

We've shared some inspiring quotes about photography with you before whether it was the 25 best quotes about photography that included insightful words from everyone from Henri Cartier-Bresson to George Eastman aka Mr. Kodak, or seven eloquent photography quotes from the master himself, Ansel Adams.

Today, photographer Mike Smith has put out a video with some of his favorite quotes about photography, and the people who said them as well as the words themselves just might surprise you.

"My 12 favorite photography quotes aren't just from photographers, but influential people around the world, from Abraham Lincoln to Tony Benn, and from Ansel Adams to Diane Arbus," Smith says.

"Photography has been with us for well over 150 years and through the ages there have been some amazing photographers. As well as recording historical moments, trends and technological advance, some of these photographers and their subjects have had some wise words to say and these can help us in developing our photography further even today in the modern era of digital photography."

The first quote Smith shares from photographer Jim Richardson offers some pithy but practical advice for anyone who takes pictures. "If you want to be a better photographer, stand in front of more interesting stuff," Richardson said.

We won't spoil the video for you by giving you the next 11 great quotes that Smith shares, so you'll just have to check it out below. It's definitely worth it! Then go check out Smith's channel to see the rest of his photography content.