Definition: Short text written on or supplied with photograph: serves to e.g. identify subject; provide any information e.g. proper names, dates, circumstances not evident from looking at photograph; illuminate intention of photographer; serve to open up layers of meaning deeper than identifiable content of photograph. * Technical captions may need to conform to norms of whatever scientific practice is being illustrated e.g. give magnification factor, precise time of picture-taking.

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