Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Attractive as a subject for photography.
  • adj. Biology Producing or emitting light; phosphorescent: photogenic bacteria.
  • adj. Caused or produced by light: photogenic seizures.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Generated or caused by light.
  • adj. Producing or emitting light, luminescent.
  • adj. Looking good when photographed.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to photogeny; producing or generating light.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to photogeny.
  • In biology, producing light without sensible heat, as an animal or vegetable organism; giving rise to luminosity or phosphorescence; photogenous.
  • A reproduction of the configuration of any flat translucent object, as a leaf, or the wing of an insect, or a drawing upon translucent paper or tracing-cloth, made by confining it under glass in contact with a sensitive film, exposing to the action of light, and fixing or developing the image resulting in the film. A variety of photogenic processes arc now in use for copying mechanical drawings. See blue-printing.
  • n. In general, light-producing; luminous.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. looking attractive in photographs

Etymologies

photo- + -genic (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • While we are renewing last year's faded overall tans, the well-soaked British Columbia landscape will be progressively repainted in photogenic velvet green; emerald variations brushed onto sky-reaching cedars, ground-dwelling ferns and stubborn mosses by the tempests of winter wind and unrelenting rain.

    Nogales, here we come

  • Rick: People are sometimes called photogenic and that doesn't always mean that they're good looking and attractive in the conventional sense.

    Modern Guitars Magazine

  • Other than her hairstyle she is the same Marina—loud voice, big eyes my mother calls photogenic, and a pudgy nose that my sister says typecasts her into character roles.

    A Mountain of Crumbs

  • Just months before, I had absorbed the news that Sarah Palin also had to face-my baby, the one the nurse had called photogenic as she handed us another ultra-sound photo, the one whose growth I had read about each night as its heart, legs, sex, ears and fingernails developed, had an extra chromosome.

    P. Gabrielle Foreman: Palin's Extra Chromosome (Choice) -- And Mine

  • That could be called photogenic as far as I'm concerned.

    Video: Annie Leibovitz and Miley Cyrus: Vanity Fair

  • What some are calling photogenic proof of the mythical beast.

    CNN Transcript Aug 15, 2008

  • There are Foursquare badges for checking in to a venue with photo booths ( "photogenic"), being a frequent gym user ( "gym rat"), and eating at 20 different pizza places ( "pizzaiolo").

    James Sims: Broadway Marketing Ready to Play Foursquare

  • SB: Bettie went beyond the usual "photogenic" description.

    Susie Bright: Interview: The Bettie Page Story

  • It's entirely possible to have a firearm that's a delight to shoot and still be a "photogenic" piece of equipment.

    Shallow Shooters

  • Any person definitely has to be younger, has to be vigorous, has to be a good campaigner, kind of photogenic, telegenic and probably has to be somebody McCain is really comfortable with.

    CNN Transcript Mar 7, 2008

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    December 27, 2008

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    December 27, 2008

  • Think of it this way
    You could either be successful or be us
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    Now we're photogenic
    You know, we don't stand a chance.


    (Get me away, I'm dying, by Belle and Sebastian)

    December 27, 2008