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[foh-tuh-mon-tahzh] /ˌfoʊ tə mɒnˈtɑʒ/
noun, Photography
a combination of several photographs joined together for artistic effect or to show more of the subject than can be shown in a single photograph.
Also called montage.
1930-35; photo- + montage Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for photomontage


the technique of producing a composite picture by combining several photographs: used esp in advertising
the composite picture so produced
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Word Origin and History for photomontage

1931, from photo + montage.

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Encyclopedia Article for photomontage

composite photographic image made either by pasting together individual prints or parts of prints, by successively exposing individual images onto a single paper, or by exposing the component images simultaneously through superimposed negatives. In the 1880s the juxtaposition of separate images through successive exposures became fashionable in the "combination print," especially in the form of the contrived group portrait. The subjective, fragmented, potentially absurd qualities of this juxtaposition were exploited by Dadaist and Futurist artists of the early 20th century.

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