pho·​tog·​ra·​phy | \ fə-ˈtä-grə-fē How to pronounce photography (audio) \

Definition of photography

: the art or process of producing images by the action of radiant energy and especially light on a sensitive surface (such as film or an optical sensor)

Examples of photography in a Sentence

He studied both film and still photography. Landscape photography is her hobby.
Recent Examples on the Web Design cues were derived from the couple’s collection of contemporary photography, including large-scale works by Edward Burtynsky, Candida Höfer, and Ralf Kaspers, now distributed throughout the apartment. Alexandra Lange, ELLE Decor, "How One Architect Kept the Cozy in a Sleek Redo on Manhattan’s Upper East Side," 5 Jan. 2021 Born and raised in the Netherlands, Frans Lanting studied to be an environmental economist before pivoting to photography. Washington Post, "What does climate change look like? Twelve photographers force us to confront reality.," 5 Jan. 2021 With colorful prose and striking photography, the magazine displayed the lavish homes of celebrities like Katharine Hepburn, Elton John, Julia Child, Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Barbra Streisand, King Hussein of Jordan and countless others. New York Times, "Paige Rense, Trendsetting Editor of Architectural Digest, Dies at 91," 2 Jan. 2021 On view at the New Museum in New York, the exhibition comprises video, painting, sculpture, installation, photography, sound, and performance art focused on the emotional realities of African-Americans in the face of white nationalism. Ariana Marsh, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Culture Lover’s January Guide," 1 Jan. 2021 Classes will cover photography techniques, DSLR basics, Photoshop and more. Popular Science, "21 for ’21: Deals on classes that can give you new knowledge in the new year," 1 Jan. 2021 One took classes in digital photography and quilting, the other simply met and socialized. Tom Vanderbilt, WSJ, "For New Year’s Resolutions, Never Think You’re Too Old to Become a Beginner," 31 Dec. 2020 Other highlights include a live DJ, red carpet-style photography and cigar and hookah stations. Patrick Connolly,, "5 last-minute options for New Year’s Eve in Orlando," 31 Dec. 2020 Also worthy of note is the amazing photography by my colleague Gary Coronado that accompanies this story. Los Angeles Times, "Latinx Files: As 2020 comes to end, a time for reflection and hope," 31 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of photography

1839, in the meaning defined above

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12 Jan 2021

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“Photography.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of photography

: the art, process, or job of taking pictures with a camera


pho·​tog·​ra·​phy | \ fə-ˈtä-grə-fē How to pronounce photography (audio) \

Kids Definition of photography

: the making of pictures by means of a camera that directs the image of an object onto a surface that is sensitive to light

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