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    it is used in a collective sense

    Source : Reading Practice, 11-5, publisher : EBS, author : unknown

    During their discussions about photography, John Suler once asked Dick Zakia for his advice about John’s own work. Because John loves experimenting with a variety of subjects and visual effects, he wondered whether he should instead focus his efforts on cultivating a particular style, his own “brand” — which is a popular concept in this age of online photo sharing. In fact, that’s what one very good artist in an online photo and video sharing community suggested after visiting John’s photo stream. Dick’s response was different. He said, “Please don’t stop. Keep experimenting. Because everything is connected.” His answer was the best piece of advice anyone had ever given John, for it reinforced both the intellectual and emotional joy he felt when playing in the realm of the visual. He also realized Dick’s words conveyed the spirit behind his book Perception and Imaging, which had filled John with excitement and admiration when he first discovered it. John loved how it held photography at the center of its explorations. It recognized that dedicated photographers can look to the visual arts in all the manifestations of photography, as well as to the psychology of perception, in order to enrich their work. From their discussions and the book, it was clear to John that Dick understood the photographer was a close cousin to other craftsmen of the visual. “Please note that whenever the word photographer is used in the text,” Dick wrote in his preface to the previous edition of the book that amazed John, it is used in a collective sense to include the multiplicity of ways image practitioners capture, create, and manipulate visual images.” After Dick’s death in 2012, John spoke to his daughter Renee. She described how her father “taught me how to see when I was a child,” how he loved to continue learning about the complex,,,,,,

    Does the following sentence mean "the word photographer has a wide variety of meanings related to visual images"?

    whenever the word photographer is used in the tex
    t,” Dick wrote in his preface to the previous edition of the book that amazed John, it is used in a collective sense to include the multiplicity of ways image practitioners capture, create, and manipulate visual images.”

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    Re: it is used in a collective sense

    Your understanding is basically correct, though I would like to amend it slightly: The word photographer has come to have a wide variety of meanings related to visual images.

    If we follow the etymology of photo-graph, it was original created to describe a chemical reaction to photons striking a plate and later film. Today we still use the same word even though it doesn't really relate to the actual process most people use to capture and process images. That is why we see "visual image" used more and more.

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