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[fuh-tog-ruh-fee] /fəˈtɒg rə fi/
the process or art of producing images of objects on sensitized surfaces by the chemical action of light or of other forms of radiant energy, as x-rays, gamma rays, or cosmic rays.
Origin of photography
First recorded in 1839; photo- + -graphy
Related forms
multiphotography, noun Unabridged
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  • To the romance the novel is what photography is to painting.

    The Devil's Dictionary Ambrose Bierce
  • I wish you would let me give you a little lesson in photography, if you don't mind.

    One Day's Courtship Robert Barr
  • It is not in this age of photography that a man need defend his appearance.

    A Day's Ride Charles James Lever
  • This does not mean in relation to photography that all straight photography is good.

    Adventures in the Arts Marsden Hartley
  • Between ourselves, I don't expect to make a fortune out of photography.

    The Nabob Alphonse Daudet
British Dictionary definitions for photography


the process of recording images on sensitized material by the action of light, X-rays, etc, and the chemical processing of this material to produce a print, slide, or cine film
the art, practice, or occupation of taking and printing photographs, making cine films, etc
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for photography

1839, from photo- + -graphy. See photograph.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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