pho·​tog·​ra·​pher | \ fə-ˈtä-grə-fər \

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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Mitch Epstein/Museum of Fine Art, Boston Adams did not pretend to be the first photographer in places now identified with him. Richard B. Woodward, WSJ, "‘Ansel Adams in Our Time’ Review: Reconsidering a Mountainous Career," 12 Dec. 2018 Sasha is a favorite photographer of the family's, not only shooting their brand’s campaign images, but also those pics of Kendall in a latex bodysuit and Louis Vuitton tights a few months ago, Kylie’s official portraits with baby Stormi, and more. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Kendall and Kylie Jenner Wore Matching White Bras on Set," 29 Oct. 2018 Rachel Wisniewski is a documentary photographer based in Philadelphia. Vox First Person, Vox, "Who I was when it happened and who I am now," 3 Oct. 2018 There’s a lot that goes into being a world-class extreme-sports photographer. Christine Byrne, SELF, "11 Expert Tips for Getting the Perfect Action Shot, From an Extreme-Sports Photographer," 3 Aug. 2018 Miguel Claro is a professional photographer, author and science communicator based in Lisbon, Portugal, who creates spectacular images of the night sky. Miguel Claro,, "See the Moon in All Its Cratered, Groovy Glory (Photo)," 25 July 2018 Nancy worked for the phone company and was an avid free-lance photographer. Hartford Courant,, "Nancy Salvadori," 13 July 2018 His older brother, Sol, was a commercial photographer and teacher. Bonnie L. Cook,, "Seymour Mednick, 91, commercial photographer who documented the Mummers," 12 July 2018 Jeff Johnson is a photographer, director, and writer in Santa Barbara, California. Jeff Johnson, Outside Online, "Jeff Johnson on the First Time He Saved a Life," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of photographer

1842, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of photographer was in 1842

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English Language Learners Definition of photographer

: a person who takes photographs especially as a job

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