University of Texas Photography

Reflection of Tower in Belo Center by Marsha Miller

University photographer, Marsha Miller, has documented the life of the University for the past twenty years. The University of Texas digital photography collection encompasses several million photos that grace the pages of the University of Texas website, brochures, magazines, and more. 

Hiring a Photographer

While the University photographer is primarily occupied with documenting major university events, she is happy to match UT departments up with local freelance photographers. For more information, please contact Marsha Miller.

Be certain to have the subjects of your photos complete and sign a Talent Release Form. This form should be retained on file by the department that will utilize the images. 

University Image Archive

The Digital Asset Management System (DAMS), or Portfolio, provides an accessible database to the University Communications staff and CSUs for University image retrieval, curation, and long-term preservation. The DAMS enhances productivity and maintains brand identity for the university as more digital assets are generated. The Digital Content Group in University Communications is in the process of cataloguing over 2.5 million images from the past 13 years.

University Communications has created guidelines for the DAMS based on best practices and department needs established by the Digital Asset Manager and departmental users. These guidelines will assure the creation of robust records and instructions for management, uploading assets, developing metadata, and image retrieval. The cataloging and management process of the department’s assets is a collaborative process, as all users will be implementing it into their daily workflow.

Images in DAMS are for use and distribution by University of Texas at Austin purposes only. 

Portfolio - The Digital Asset Management System

Photo Research

University photos shot prior to 2003 are archived with the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

To request a specific image or image search from 2003 forward, please submit this form to the University Communications Digital Asset Manager. There is no fee for this service; however, requests are handled on a first come first serve basis. Photos shot between 2000-2011 are still being archived and may take longer to locate. 

Copyright and Usage

The University of Texas at Austin retains the use, copyright, and licensing to all images. You may not re-use, sell, distribute, or copy any image obtained from the DAMS. All rights for reproduction of any image remain with The University of Texas and any permission to use these images must be obtained prior to publication or any other use.

Exceptions are made only if special arrangements are made in advance of reproduction and use of the images. Publication in magazines, advertising, or other commercial uses may require the payment of additional fees. Please contact the Digital Asset Manager for additional information. 

Photography Tips

Many UT Departments rely upon their staff to take photos of other staff, faculty, and students as needed for department directories and news releases. Here's a quick Photo Tips (PDF) sheet with some pointers from the University photographer. 

Be certain to have the subjects of your photos complete and sign a Talent Release Form. This form should be retained on file by the department that will utilize the images.