OSC provides professional photography that supports our institutional communication goals. This can include imagery focused on noteworthy campus events and news, recruitment, advancement, and outreach.

Portrait studio

The portrait studio will be closed indefinitely in response to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).  This page will be updated when service resumes. For more information on the university's response to COVID-19, please visit coronavirus.uiowa.edu.

Photo libraries

University of Iowa images are available for non-commercial download and use by the general public in our public gallery on Photoshelter.

Approved on-campus users can access high quality images for marketing and communications purposes at the UI Photoshelter site.

Photography-related questions can be directed to OSC-photo-request@uiowa.edu.

Guidelines for capturing video/photography involving students 

When shooting in public places where there are many people (outdoors on campus, downtown Iowa City, concerts, sporting events, etc.) it is not plausible to obtain signed consent forms for individuals being photographed/filmed.  

For intentionally planned or staged photo/video shoots involving student participants and/or volunteers (e.g. for marketing or promotional applications), our policy and practice in OSC is to get their permission in the form of a signed release/consent form.

PDF iconRelease form for minors (under age 18)
PDF iconRelease form for adults (18+)

In addition to the signed release form, it is our practice to verbally set fair and realistic expectations with participants around the usage of the photography/videography, along these general lines:

  • Communicate clearly with our subjects that our photography/videography is shared with multiple areas and departments on campus and that the imagery we capture may appear in publications (print/web/social) associated with those departments.
  • Participation in a photo/video shoot does not guarantee that a given student will appear in any specific publication.  
  • In the event that OSC wishes to feature an individual student prominently (e.g. on the university homepage, a magazine cover, etc.) it will be our policy and practice to make reasonable efforts to notify those featured students before publication.