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 The show starts with the impact of photography, its most consistently engaging medium. Los Angeles Times, 22 Sep. 2022 The Met’s curator of photography, Jeff Rosenheim, has organized a thorough retrospective for the Bechers, a German couple who made some of the most influential art photos of the last half century. New York Times, 28 July 2022 Influenced by the radical art movement Fluxus, Ms. Grobet sought new ways to broaden the field of photography. Harrison Smith,, 23 July 2022 His parents were an early example of a showbiz couple: The elder Stevens was a young filmmaker on the rise, having already achieved a footnote in film history as the director of photography for dozens of Laurel and Hardy comedies. Peter Tonguette, WSJ, 21 July 2022 Another budding artist, Susan Ford, put her photography skills to work during the royal visit in 1976. Maureen Groppe, USA TODAY, 18 Sep. 2022 Coppola has reteamed with her longtime screen collaborators, including director of photography Philippe Le Sourd, costume designer Stacey Battat, editor Sarah Flack and production designer Tamara Deverell. Borys Kit, The Hollywood Reporter, 12 Sep. 2022 The technique fell out of favor after the invention of photography, but the advent of 3D printing has revived interest. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 31 Aug. 2022 The author is a former global head of photography for Reuters. Nancy Glowinski, Los Angeles Times, 26 Aug. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of photography

1839, in the meaning defined above

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“Photography.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Oct. 2022.

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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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