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 formsmul·ti·pho·tog·ra·phy, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for photography

ceramics, design, drawing, painting, sculpture, arts

Examples from the Web for photography

Contemporary Examples of photography

Historical Examples of photography

  • To the romance the novel is what photography is to painting.

  • I wish you would let me give you a little lesson in photography, if you don't mind.

  • 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
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Word Origin and History for photography

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper