Definition: Photography

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From French photographie. Surface etymology is photo- + -graphy, together meaning "drawing with light" or "representation by means of lines," "drawing." From Greek φωτός or phōtós (of light (genitive)), and γράφω or gráphō (I write).


photography (usually uncountable, plural photographies)

  1. The art and technology of producing images on photosensitive surfaces, and its digital counterpart.
    I started teaching myself basic photography when I was six years old when I got a camera for my birthday.
  2. The occupation of taking (and often printing) photographs.
    We found a photography professional to take pictures of the concert.

Derived terms

  • aerial photography
  • digital photography
  • director of photography
  • flash photography
  • principal photography

Related terms

  • phonography
  • photographer
  • photographic


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