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pictorial +‎ -ism


pictorialism (countable and uncountable, plural pictorialisms)

  1. (photography) A school of artistic photography that emphasized using photography to mimic certain styles of contemporary painting, that flourished in the late 19th and early 20th centuries
  2. Any artistic use of photography to imitate painting, especially using pictorial conventions
    • 2007 December 21, Karen Rosenberg, “In Bhutan, Sacred Sights Amid the Clouds”, in New York Times[1]:
      The black-and-white portraits and landscapes [] fall somewhere between photojournalism and pictorialism.

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