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Camera Quotes and Sayings
Quotes about Camera

Please enjoy these Camera Quotes from the wise, the romantic, and the famous of the past and present.

The "stories" we choose to tell about our past
are never what a video camera would have recorded.
We can tell a sad story or a happy story,
and neither story is either
more accurate or "better" than the other story.
The difference is that one story causes us to suffer,
while the other brings us joy. I choose joy.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The creative act lasts but a brief moment,
a lightning instant of give-and-take,
just long enough for you to level the camera and to
trap the fleeting prey in your little box.
- Henri Cartier-Bresson

A film is never really good unless the camera is an
eye in the head of a poet.
- Orson Welles

Rabid fans were literally jumping into the camera.
- Penelope Spheeris

 

Your camera is the best critic there is.
Critics never see as much as the camera does.
It is more perceptive than the human eye.
- Douglas Sirk

The camera relieves us of the burden of memory.
It surveys us like God, and it surveys for us.
Yet no other god has been so cynical,
for the camera records in order to forget.
- John Berger

The thrill of being in front of a camera remains exactly the same.
- Julie Andrews

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Terri and her mother arrived.
She was obviously a dedicated stage mother because
she was loaded down with camera equipment,
looking like a Japanese tourist.
- Audrey Meadows

You can do really slow movements with it,
like zooming in for a minute and a half.
The audience isn't aware that the camera has moved,
but there's subconscious tension there.
- Mike Figgis

It's a heavy weight, the camera.
Now we have modern and lightweight, small plastic cameras,
but in the '70s they were heavy metal.
- Annie Leibovitz

Motion-picture studio floors used to be all wooden and not smooth at all.
This was difficult when moving a camera around on a dolly.
- Desi Arnaz

The experience of using a Rolleiflex camera is very
different than using a SLR.
- Matthew Modine

Although I was entirely relaxed on camera,
if I had to stand up and say something to an assembled group of people,
I was rendered all but inarticulate.
- Jessica Savitch

The older you get, the farther from the camera you need to be.
- Heather Locklear

When you first are in front of the camera as a young person,
you'd be surprised at all the insecurities you can get.
- Kurt Russell

When I was teaching at Harvard in the 1970s,
I went to Project Incorporated in Cambridge and took photography classes.
I didn't even know how to aim the camera in those days.
- Ann Beattie

One thing I hate in movies is when the camera starts
circling around the characters.
I find that totally fake.
- Takeshi Kitano

Off camera, I am not so quiet, I have a fun time,
relaxed.
- LaToya London

It's an incredible privilege for an actor to look into the camera.
It's like looking right into the heart of the film,
and you can't take that lightly.
- Emily Watson

In motion pictures, the actor rules.
The camera served the actor.
- Richard Donner

One of the Life Saving men snapped the camera for us,
taking a picture just as the machine had reached the
end of the track and had risen to a height of about two feet.
- Orville Wright

It is unfortunate that the poor judgment shown by a
small group of young actors has tarnished the reputation
of every child who has ever appeared before a camera.
- Fred Savage

I have always been a very keen walker,
though, and I often took a camera with me on my walks.
- Fay Godwin

When I have sex with someone I forget who I am.
For a minute I even forget I'm human.
It's the same thing when I'm behind a camera.
I forget I exist.
- Robert Mapplethorpe

The camera can photograph thought.
- Dirk Bogarde

I'm shooting a pilot based on my show.
It's a one-camera show.
I play myself.
- Dane Cook

There's something inimical about the camera and song.
- Stephen Sondheim

If I am at a party, I want to be at the party.
Too many photographers use the camera to avoid participating in things.
They become professional observers.
- Robert Mapplethorpe

When you're modeling you're actually acting for the
camera and the photographer.
It's more fun, too because there are no lines to memorize.
- Cindy Margolis

If you have what you want to say inside,
and if you are crying for something that is true inside,
it doesn't matter.
The camera always sees it.
- Elena Anaya

We did very little improvisation on camera,
and once in a while we did.
- Peter Tork

Men still control the news, both on and off camera.
- Jessica Savitch

I like the smell of film.
I just like knowing there's film going through the camera.
- Steven Spielberg

That was the beginning of modern acting for me.
You don't have to tell a camera everything.
It gets bored if you do and wants to look elsewhere.
- Stephen Rea

And, you run also video because to fly this arm,
you're relying mostly on some external camera views
that may be coming from the arm itself or from the station.
- Philippe Perrin

The camera makes you forget you're there.
It's not like you are hiding but you forget,
you are just looking so much.
- Annie Leibovitz

I know every actor says this, but the people behind the camera are great.
They always have answers.
- Joel Gretsch

Being behind a camera, in front of the camera,
is my own little deconstructionist niche.
- Joshua Leonard

I got five kids, and my oldest is a documentary film maker and camera man,
and still photographer.
- Beau Bridges

Any nude is a something you setup in front of the camera.
- Kim Weston

I've managed to keep a clear head and remain sane in
this business because I remain a kid off-camera.
- Leonardo DiCaprio

I can zero in on subtle things because I'm holding the camera.
- Patrice Leconte

I loved the stage and then grew to love the camera.
- Christine Lahti

I would definitely stay in the business,
be behind the camera maybe.
- Devon Sawa

In front of the camera I look and I see visually what I've created.
- Kim Weston

If I could tell the story in words, I wouldn't need to lug around a camera.
- Lewis Hine

I love being on stage or in front of the camera.
My work brings me a lot of joy.
It helps me figure out who I am.
I'm really lucky that I get to make a living at acting.
- Dana Delany

Being a songwriter does not rely on an audience or
other band members or a camera.
I can just sit in a room and write songs.
- Rick Springfield

I have been taking classes and I'm familiar with stage,
but I'm not as familiar with acting on camera.
- Kevin Richardson

The audience is the camera.
I don't want the audience to sit and watch,
I want it to move.
- King Hu

I think one day I want to be on the other side of the camera-maybe directing.
- Mary-Kate Olsen

I think I was afraid of what I might say when I got
onto someone's stage or in front of someone's camera.
- Jeffrey Wright

The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.
- Dorthea Lange

I paint what I see, not what a camera would see.
- John Dyer

I don't like to work with assistants.
I'm already one too many; the camera alone would be enough.
- Alfred Eisenstaedt

The reward is that you can actually create a world
separate from reality with a story,
actors, music, and camera design.
When it works it can entertain, move people and teach us all.
- Colleen Atwood

I spent every day just praying that I didn't look like a big dork on camera.
- Lara Flynn Boyle

When I first began, the technicians,
camera and makeup men made me feel so self-conscious
that I began to have the biggest inferiority complex about my looks.
- Jessie Matthews

You know why I don't like that camera? Because it prevents me from seeing you!
- Arthur Cohn

Normally as a director, you do look at other films
and things that are relevant.
But with this film, it became impossible because I
became so aware of the camera placement.
- Peter Weir

I smuggled the camera, it was no problem to smuggle the camera there.
And I took 60 photos, two films, during the time when
there was no one in the control room,
in the building.
- Mordechai Vanunu

I play myself all the time, on camera and off.
What else can I do?
- Harry Dean Stanton

We can't laugh quite as much on camera,
but we sure do on the set.
- Mary Hart

Being a shy person, I always felt strange outside with my camera.
- Kim Weston

I realized the exciting place was behind the camera with the producer,
director and so on.
- Dino De Laurentiis

You talk about what a director, he was smart.
He said, Turn the camera on!
- Peter Falk

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

I know I have the ability to do so much more than just
stand in front of the camera the rest of my life.
- Jennie Garth

Everywhere you go you hear things that are untrue.
You've just got to learn that if I don't say it,
physically out of my mouth, on camera,
it's not true.
- Selena Gomez

I spent a lot of years just learning my craft and falling
down in front of the camera.
- Thomas Jane

I loved being asked 2,000 questions a day,
storyboarding every move, knowing as though by instinct
exactly where the camera had to be,
because it was my story.
- Richard Grant


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