My top 10 quotes on photography impacting life

Text © Claudia Brose
Photo © Matthias Merz
— English version of the previous blog post —

Photography and taking photographs offer lessons for life.

I have to make a decision, what is important, on what to focus, in order to achieve the best possible result. The difficulty is what to leave out? The secret of an outstanding result is to reduce to the max. You can see this in good designs, great photographs and when dealing with your daily To-Do list. With each photography we decide what enters into the frame. We make a conscious decision about what is important to capture.

In photography and in daily life and at work we face the same challenges: problem solving, focusing, anticipatory acting and precision. Likewise, photography teaches us conscious situational awareness, paying attention to details and to SEE things others don’t see.

My top 10 quotes on photography impacting life:


“Life is about staying focused. Not simply focusing an image in the viewfinder of a camera, but keeping your eye, your soul, your mind, all in focus in the viewfinder of the life you choose to lead.” – David Burnett



“The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera” – Dorothea Lange



“When we are mindfully aware of our surroundings, we are doing photography, even if we don’t have a camera with us.” – John Suler



“Look and think before opening the shutter. The heart and mind are the true lens of the camera.” — Yousuf Karsh



“Photographers are the eyes of the world. Photography is the language that gives people the opportunity to see what you saw.” – Sebastião Salgado



“Photography gives you the opportunity to use your sensibility and everything you are to say something about and be part of the world around you. In this way, you might discover who you are, and with a little luck, you might discover something much larger than yourself.” – Peter Lindbergh


“Life is like a camera. Just focus on what’s important and capture the good times, develop from the negatives, and if things don’t turn out just take another shot.”



“People think photography is about photographing. To me, it’s about relationships. And it’s about doing your homework and making people comfortable enough where they open their lives to you. – Lynsey Addario



“Gifts will happen, but only if you are patient with life itself, the shooting process, and your own limitations.” –Jay Maisel



“You are not taking pictures when you think about your camera.” – Annie Leibovitz







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