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


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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Of course, photographers have been following their every move — catching the couple in the midst of multiple PDAs. Dave Quinn,, "Pete Davidson Praises Ariana Grande's Topless Photo as Her Ex Mac Miller Raps About Lost Love," 13 July 2018 Throughout the month of June, photographer J.M. Giordano documented Maryland’s Poor People’s Campaign movement, which is part of a national call for moral revival. J.m. Giordano,, "Marching for the poor," 13 July 2018 Trump's rhetoric against journalists has already escalated into real violence at his rallies: Last year a reporter and photographer say they were assaulted by Trump supporters at his rally in Huntington Beach, CA., "Area Man Who Called Journalists Enemies Offers Thoughts & Prayers For Murdered Reporters," 29 June 2018 In the 2015 incident, a TV reporter and photographer were fatally shot on air by a former colleague. Ian Duncan,, "Fatal shooting of 5 at Capital Gazette marks rare attack on U.S. journalists," 29 June 2018 Harriot Manley is a Marin County writer and photographer based in Marin County. Harriot Manley,, "Burning Man comes and goes, but the experience is year-round in Reno," 28 June 2018 For The 21st Century Tony Bacewicz is a freelance writer and photographer based in Old Saybrook. Tony Bacewicz,, "West River Farms, East Windsor," 28 June 2018 By Saturday afternoon, reporters and photographers loitered outside the restaurant, as did people who had wandered over to gawk. Sarah Murray,, "Why a small-town restaurant owner asked Sarah Huckabee Sanders to leave — and would do it again," 24 June 2018 North Korea's media coverage of Kim’s trip was also far more comprehensive than usual, with a large number of reporters and photographers accompanying the North Korean delegation. Thomas Maresca, USA TODAY, "North Korea's state media hails 'epoch-making' Trump-Kim summit," 13 June 2018

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First Known Use of photographer

1842, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of photographer

: a person who takes photographs especially as a job

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