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Photo caption

Photo captions, also known as cutlines, are a few lines of text used to explain or elaborate on published photographs.[1] In some cases captions and cutlines are distinguished, where the caption is a short (usually one-line) title for the photo, while the cutline are a longer, prose block under the caption, generally describing the photograph, giving context, or relating it to the article.[2]

Captions more than a few sentences long are often referred to as a "copy block". They are a type of display copy. Display copy also includes headlines and contrasts with "body copy", such as newspaper articles and magazines.

Notes

  1. ^ For captions being known as cutlines, see Evans, Michael Robert. The Layers of Magazine Editing Columbia University Press, 2004, p. 285.
  2. ^ Writing Photo Captions and Cutlines

References

  • The Art of Editing, by Floyd K. Baskette, Jack Z. Sissors, and Brian S. Brooks

External links

  • Material from a university photojournalism course
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