from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The technique of making a picture by assembling pieces of photographs, often in combination with other types of graphic material.
  • noun The composite picture produced by this technique.

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  • noun photography A composite image combining two or more photographs
  • noun photography The art of constructing such images

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

  • noun a montage that uses photographic images


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  • "Over decades, one of Heartfield’s photomontages was considered an accurate depiction of fascism: With the title 'The Meaning of the Hitler Salute: Millions Stand Behind Me' it shows Adolf Hitler raising his hand in salutation while a giant standing behind him, dressed in fine linen, is putting several 1,000 reichsmark notes into it. Hitler as a footman of the high finance – that was the communists’ established theory in the early 1930s when Heartfield created this picture for the weekly Arbeiter Illustrierte Zeitung (AIZ), in those days the organ of the political left with the highest circulation."

    - Bernhard Schulz, An agitator with pointy scissors,, July 2009.

    August 13, 2009