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The photographic reproduction of a print or document. Examples of 19th century photocopy techniques are cyanotype, printing diazo paper, and photolithography. xerography, an electrostatic reproductive process was developed in 1938.

Synonyms and Related Terms

photocopy paper ; fotokopie (Ned.) photocopie (Fr.); fotocopia (It., Esp.); fotokopia (Sven.); Elektrofotografie (Deut.); fotocpia (Port.)

Photocopy paper

Additional Information

D. Grattan, The stability of photocopied and laser-printed documents and images: general guidelines. Technical Bulletin 22. Ottawa, Ontario: Canadian Conservation Institute, 2000. A. Hillcoat-Imanishi, An investigation into the archival properties of colour photocopies and inkjet prints: summary of a project undertaken at Camberwell College of Art as part of a BA in Paper Conservation. V&A Conservation Journal 30, 14-16, 1999.


  • Random House, Random House, Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language, Grammercy Book, New York, 1997
  • The American Heritage Dictionary or Encarta, via Microsoft Bookshelf 98, Microsoft Corp., 1998
  • The Dictionary of Art, Grove's Dictionaries Inc., New York, 1996 Comment: "Photography"

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