a person who takes photographs, especially one who practices photography professionally.

Origin of photographer

First recorded in 1840–50; photograph + -er1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for photographer

paparazzo, shutterbug

Examples from the Web for photographer

Contemporary Examples of photographer

Historical Examples of photographer

  • They compelled the photographer to sell them his photograph, and they all believe he is in love with them.

    The First Violin

    Jessie Fothergill

  • In addition to the women, there were a photographer and Boltt.

    Changing Winds

    St. John G. Ervine

  • Because the picture might have been obtained from the photographer.

    The Film of Fear

    Arnold Fredericks

  • But that of your niece was obtained by our society reporter from the photographer who took it.

    Cap'n Warren's Wards

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • When all hands was through, that photographer was a spiled negative.

    Cape Cod Stories

    Joseph C. Lincoln

British Dictionary definitions for photographer



a person who takes photographs, either as a hobby or a profession
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Word Origin and History for photographer

1843, agent noun from photograph (v.). (Photographist also is attested from 1843).

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