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contre-jour

[kon-truh-zhoo r; French kawntruh-zhoor] /ˌkɒn trəˈʒʊər; French kɔ̃trəˈʒur/
adjective
1.
(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.
Origin
1920-1925
1920-25; < French, equivalent to contre counter- + jour daylight, day; see journey
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contre-jour

/ˈkɒntrəˌʒʊə/
noun
1.
(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
C20: from French, literally: against day(light)
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