doc·​u·​men·​tar·​i·​an | \-mən-ˈter-ē-ən, -ˌmen-\

Definition of documentarian 

: one who makes a documentary

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For Achord and his friend Anthony DelRosario, who's a photographer and documentarian, the answer seemed obvious—a font, of course. Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "How do you preserve beloved New Orleans folk art? A Web font, of course," 23 Nov. 2018 In 2002, the famed documentarian Errol Morris interviewed Donald Trump for a prerecorded segment for the Academy Awards. Alessandra Codinha, Vogue, "2 New Reasons to Binge-Watch Orson Welles Arrive on Netflix," 2 Nov. 2018 For example, Emerson partnered with Oscar-winning documentarian Davis Guggenheim to follow four undocumented Dreamers in the 2013 film The Dream Is Now. Alexandra Robbins, Marie Claire, "The Welcome Committee," 15 Aug. 2018 A few reporters, documentarians and artists found their way inside. Chris Jones,, "Uptown Theatre will be restored: $75 million plan unveiled for grand palace on North Side," 28 June 2018 Huston, who loves California history, said the dish has drawn documentarians and camera crews from television food and history channels to the Buttercup Pantry, a cozy restaurant filled with wooden booths and antiques. Hailey Branson-potts,, "The Hangtown Fry is a Placerville legend. It's 'disgusting,' the cooks agree. Enjoy," 20 Feb. 2018 Austrian filmmaker Ruth Beckermann picked up a magnetic-tape video camera for the very first time in May 1986 as a young protester and budding documentarian on the streets of Vienna. Jessica Zack,, "Unflinching looks at Austria’s past, Kurt Waldheim at Jewish Film Festival," 10 July 2018 For a documentarian, though, the subject was particularly challenging. August Brown,, "The story of L.A. club Jewel's Catch One and its pioneering owner finds its way to Netflix," 2 May 2018 Actor and documentarian Colin Hanks will pay tribute to Solomon, who died last month. Colin Stutz, Billboard, "Tower Records' Russ Solomon to Be Inducted Into Music Business Hall of Fame at Music Biz 2018 Conference," 10 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of documentarian

1943, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for documentarian

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