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University photographers play a vital role in ensuring that the life of the campus is captured for those too distant to visit and for future generations. Our photographers collaborate with members of the campus community to illustrate Princeton's qualities for print, Web, social media and news purposes.

While official University needs take priority, we often provide photographs and photo services to the University community through our own staff or through freelance photographers. To arrange a photo shoot, go to Getting Started.

All assignments completed by University photographers become part of our photo archive, and may be shared with other offices and departments at Princeton. This also is the case with work for which freelancers are hired. Faculty and staff may email Iris Rubinstein at for access to the web-based portion of our archive. Photo searches conducted by communications staff are charged at our standard rate of $80 per hour. In addition, we have access to stock photography websites. Additional fees may apply for rush orders, last-minute cancellations, consultations, digital reproductions and printing and framing.

Separate from our archived collection are public photo galleries with images of Princeton scenes. Requests for older archival images should be made through Mudd Library.

Photo Policies

Use of restricted images by commercial or nonprofit entities is copyright infringement.

News and commercial entities who want to visit campus to photograph or film should contact and fill out this authorization form (.pdf).

University employees may take photos on campus or hire freelance photographers via standard University contracts such as the independent contractor or work for hire agreements (login required). Individuals age 18 or older do not need to sign an appearance release form to appear in a photo on a University website or publication. The University requires signed release forms for photography of any person younger than 18 who is clearly recognizable; a parent or legal guardian must sign the child/ward release form (.pdf). Please consider subjects' safety (particularly in labs and in construction) and privacy (particularly in dorms) when taking photos.

Contact Multimedia and Projects Editor Ushma Patel if you have additional questions.