The spatiotemporal control of cellular dynamic processes has great fundamental interest but lacks versatile molecular tools. Dynamin is a key protein in endocytosis and an appealing target to manipulate cell trafficking using patterns of light. We have developed the first photoswitchable small-molecule inhibitors of endocytosis (dynazos), by a stepwise design of the photochromic and pharmacological properties of dynasore, a dynamin inhibitor. We have characterized their photochromism with UV-visible and transient absorption spectroscopy and their biological activity using fluorescence microscopies and flow cytometry. Dynazos are water-soluble, cell permeable, and photostable, and enable fast, single-wavelength photoswitchable inhibition of clathrin-mediated endocytosis at micromolar concentration.