visual literacy


: the ability to recognize and understand ideas conveyed through visible actions or images (such as pictures)

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The mission of PhotoVogue has always been, and will continue to be, to champion talent, both emerging and established, and influence visual literacy to help shape a more just, ethical, and inclusive visual world. Vogue, 27 Oct. 2022 From the 1960s onward—when the importance of visual literacy was recognised—many writers, intellectuals, critics, and art historians have been exploring how photography could be analyzed from social, political, and semiotic perspectives. Francesca Marani, Vogue, 3 Nov. 2022 The Residency program in partnership with Voice where artists will produce and sell their first NFT collection is aligned with our mission to champion talent and influence visual literacy to help foster a more just, ethical and inclusive world. Vogue, 26 Aug. 2022 Integrate art and enhance visual literacy in your classroom!, 29 July 2021 With their ‘No Digital Distortion’ mark and viral ‘Real Beauty Sketches’ video, the beauty company has built a reputation on promoting real beauty and improving visual literacy among young people. Anna Haines, Forbes, 27 Apr. 2021 The exhibit projected a visual literacy among the Black intellectual class that dehumanizing American propaganda would have led the largely European audience to assume nonexistent. Globe Staff,, 25 Feb. 2021 On Mondays, our partner organization Visual Thinking Strategies provides live moderation for this activity to strengthen students’ visual literacy skills. Michael Gonchar, New York Times, 16 Mar. 2020 And how is photography used—and misused—in a world grappling with visual literacy and misinformation? Whitney Johnson, National Geographic, 18 Oct. 2019 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1971, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of visual literacy was in 1971

Dictionary Entries Near visual literacy

Cite this Entry

“Visual literacy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Feb. 2023.

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