pho·​tog·​ra·​pher | \ fə-ˈtä-grə-fər How to pronounce photographer (audio) \

Definition of photographer

: one who practices photography especially : one who makes a business of taking photographs

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Synonyms for photographer


lensman, photog, shooter, shutterbug

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Examples of photographer in a Sentence

He worked for the magazine as a fashion photographer. we'll need to choose a photographer for the wedding

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All three of these photos were taken by staff photographer J. H. McCrory. Scott Harrison,, "From the Archives: 14-inch railroad guns fired near Oceanside," 11 June 2019 The juried Gallery Seven event in the historic Gaylord Building presented 42 works by 24 photographers. Dennis Sullivan, Daily Southtown, "Lockport's Gallery Seven serves as matchmaker between artists, viewers," 9 June 2019 This photo gallery highlights some of the top news images made by Associated Press photographers in Latin America and the Caribbean that were published in the past week. Washington Post, "AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America, Caribbean," 7 June 2019 State Fair animals are featured in the piece by fine art photographer R.J. Kern. Kathy Berdan, Twin Cities, "2019 State Fair commemorative art is a composite of ‘Supreme Champions’," 6 June 2019 A day later, media and gawkers continued to show up on the street, and drone used by a photographer for a national news company hovered above the house, snapping images of Johnson’s yard. Rick Hurd, The Mercury News, "An East Bay resident who landscaped a Nazi symbol on his front yard: ‘I like swastikas’," 5 June 2019 These media guide images — many other profiles of Ute gymnasts — were shot by Salt Lake City photographer Brent Herridge. Dvorameyers, Longreads, "The Gymnast’s Position," 5 June 2019 The photo was shot by American photographer Jeff Widener from a sixth-floor balcony of the Beijing Hotel and reverberated around the world. John Bacon, USA TODAY, "30 years after Tiananmen Square made history, U.S. and China still clash over protest," 4 June 2019 Saint Laurent officially debuted the campaign, shot by famed photographer David Sims, in a series of Instagram posts on May 27, and the legendary fashion line and the young actor are a match made in style heaven. Kara Nesvig, Teen Vogue, "Stranger Things’ Finn Wolfhard Stars In The Latest Yves Saint Laurent Campaign," 28 May 2019

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First Known Use of photographer

1841, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of photographer was in 1841

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English Language Learners Definition of photographer

: a person who takes photographs especially as a job

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