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n. ~ 1. A video signal that combines color and luminance information into a single signal for recording and broadcast and that is decoded when viewed. - 2. Motion picture film containing both the picture and matching sound; a married print. - 3. Photography · A photographic print with a single, unified image from several different negatives. - 4. Photography, Anthropology · A single portrait made from photographs of many people. - 5. Conservation · A complex material in which several components combine to produce characteristics and properties that are not found in the individual components (ceramics, glass, plastics).


Composite3, 4 is distinguished from 'collage', which are prints assembled from pieces of other prints. - A composite3 photograph may be made using the technique of combination printing. - Composite4 describes a technique used in the late 19th century. In some instances, these photographs were purported to have anthropological value by revealing a generic 'type' of the class of people photographed, often a race or ethnic group, but sometimes a family.