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.

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And that was the beginning of my encounter with photography. Chris Wiley, The New Yorker, "“I’m an Outsider on the Inside”: An Interview with Bruce Davidson," 13 June 2019 By the 1930s, theodolites were supplemented with cameras and ground expeditions with aerial photography. Ipsita Chakravarty, Quartz India, "How colonialism cost the Himalayas their remoteness," 10 June 2019 Reporters Katie Gillespie and Adam Littman have the stories, with photography by Alisha Jucevic., "Graduations galore, a shift in Oregon’s sex ed curriculum and Portland breaks ground on a middle school: The week in education," 8 June 2019 And there were two filmmakers, Jerry Feldman, who is a director of photography in L.A. and Neil Goldstein on the East Coast. Susan King,, "Aviva Kempner doc seeks ‘the real story’ of Moe Berg, ‘The Spy Behind Home Plate’," 6 June 2019 In a recent monograph, Markov compares his love of photography to addiction. Michael Hardy, WIRED, "Gritty Postcards From the Russian Hinterland," 6 June 2019 In April, Taylor’s inspiration, Cassy Athena, a popular photographer, was included in a New York Times’ article about the evolution of photography in the NBA. Aaron Carter,, "Jalen Roberts and JayDoeFilms among many videographers on the Philly high school sports scene," 5 June 2019 Last but not least, the city of Hyères also had its say on photography, giving approval to the work of French duo Elsa & Johanna. Tiziana Cardini, Vogue, "The Festival d’Hyères’s Top Prize Goes to a Young Austrian Whose Focus Is Upcycling," 29 Apr. 2019 Fosse got her letter in Berlin, where Cabaret had moved for the end of location photography. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Yes, That Fosse/Verdon Cheating Scene Is Based in Fact," 10 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of photography

1839, in the meaning defined above

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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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