Ed Sheeran 'Photograph': lyrics, meaning, official music video

Ed Sheeran
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What do the Ed Sheeran Photograph lyrics mean? This haunting ballad is not only one of the greatest songs about photography ever written, it also uses the power of music to convey the power of pictures – with the titular photograph representing love, longing, memories, healing and hope. 

Ed Sheeran's Photograph lyrics were co-written by the English singer-songwriter in collaboration with Irish musician Johnny McDaid – a member of the band Snow Patrol, who has also written songs with the likes of P!nk. 

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James Artaius

The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients like Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photo and lighting tutorials, as well as industry news, rumors and analysis for publications like Digital Camera MagazinePhotoPlus: The Canon MagazineN-Photo: The Nikon MagazineDigital Photographer and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and talks at The Photography Show. He also serves as a judge for the Red Bull Illume Photo Contest. An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.