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contre-jour

[ kon-truh-zhoor; French kawntruh-zhoor ]
/ ˌkɒn trəˈʒʊər; French kɔ̃trəˈʒur /
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adjective

(of a photograph) taken with the camera pointed more or less in the direction of the principal light source or with the strongest light behind the subject.

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Origin of contre-jour

1920–25; <French, equivalent to contrecounter- + jour daylight, day; see journey
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British Dictionary definitions for contre-jour

contre-jour
/ (ˈkɒntrəˌʒʊə) /

noun

photog
  1. the technique of taking photographs into the light, with the light source behind the subject
  2. (as modifier)a contre-jour shot

Word Origin for contre-jour

C20: from French, literally: against day(light)
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