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"Photograph", also written with McDaid whilst touring with his band Snow Patrol in May 2012, is a "timeless ballad". It started life as a "piano loop playing on [McDaid's] laptop" which Sheeran started singing along to. Sheeran has stated "it will be the one that will change my career path", and believes it to be the one song that will sell the album, even "if the rest of the album is shit". Described as "[Sheeran's] Angels" the song is a "ballad with big drums, set in New York". On 22 April 2015, Sheeran announced that Photograph will be released as the fifth single off "x" via social media platform Twitter.
In a Billboard track-by-track review, writer Jason Lipshutz stated: "Sheeran opens on "Photograph," presenting the lynchpin line of the whole album. Over a few hesitant acoustic strums, Sheeran tiptoes forward with some restrained crooning before the arena drums kick in." 
The music video for Photograph was released on 10 May 2015, garnering over 1 million worldwide views in under 24 hours. The video chronicles Sheeran's childhood and adolescence through real home videos of the star.
|Canada (Canadian Hot 100)||10|
|Germany (Media Control Charts)||7|
|New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)||8|
|Scotland (Official Charts Company)||12|
|South Africa (EMA)||3|
|UK Singles (Official Charts Company)||15|
|US Billboard Hot 100||20|
|US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)||16|
|US Adult Top 40 (Billboard)||7|
|US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)||14|