photographer

Do you frequently take pictures with a camera? Then you're a photographer. It's especially common to call someone a photographer if they do this as a paid job.

Soon after photography was invented in the 19th century, people who were passionate about this new art form came along — the first photographers. In the 1840s, they were also known as photographists. The process of making photographs has become less complicated over the years, but photographers remain just as enthusiastic about it. Whether you take photos as a hobby or hang your shingle as a professional, go right ahead and call yourself a photographer.

Definitions of photographer
  1. noun
    someone who takes photographs professionally
    synonyms: lensman
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    Mathew B. Brady
    United States pioneer photographer famous for his portraits; was the official Union photographer for the American Civil War (1823-1896)
    Alfred Eisenstaedt
    United States photographer (born in Germany) whose unposed documentary photographs created photojournalism (born in 1898)
    Dorothea Lange
    United States photographer remembered for her portraits of rural workers during the Depression (1895-1965)
    Edward Jean Steichen
    United States photographer who pioneered artistic photography (1879-1973)
    Alfred Stieglitz
    United States photographer (1864-1946)
    William Henry Fox Talbot
    English inventor and pioneer in photography who published the first book illustrated with photographs (1800-1877)
    Edward Weston
    United States photographer(1886-1958)
    types:
    camera operator, cameraman, cinematographer
    a photographer who operates a movie camera
    paparazzo
    a freelance photographer who pursues celebrities trying to take candid photographs of them to sell to newspapers or magazines
    press photographer
    a photographer who works for a newspaper
    type of:
    artist, creative person
    a person whose creative work shows sensitivity and imagination
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