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Communications and Public Affairs


Photos are a useful way to illustrate the warmth, vibrant personality and natural beauty of the University of South Carolina. Learn more about making photography selections, styling and enhancements that best represent Gamecock culture.

  • We use a wide range of photography to showcase our unique people, culture and location. There are four main subject groups that can be shown in different styles. It's important to vary both subjects and styles to create balanced compositions.

    This means not every photo should have golden light, and not all portraits need to be shot in the exact same style. Mix and match for the best results.

    Also, be sure to always select photos that relate well to the associated content. For example, don’t use an athletics photo to promote a portfolio review event.

  • palmetto trees, students walking, colorful canoe paddles and students dancing


University Stock Photography

The university photo collection includes a wide range of images such as campus scenes, notable buildings, university events, and classroom and laboratory environments. The images are housed on an image management system and can be downloaded for free for use in communications projects, presentations and more. 

Visit to access a public gallery of university-related images. Contact us for access credentials, which will allow you to download images. You must also create an account to view any invitation-only galleries that have been shared with you. With an account, you can log in to access invitation-only galleries, search for photos and create lightboxes of selected images.

For specific photo needs or questions, please submit a photography request


Portrait Photos

Faculty and staff members in need of a business portrait may book an appointment for a free photo session in our photo studio. Afterward, you'll be provided with a professional-quality digital image you can use for internal and external marketing purposes.

To schedule an appointment, please submit a photography request. Portraits are usually taken between 9 and 10 a.m. on Tuesdays. The studio is located in the World War Memorial Building, behind the South Caroliniana Library.


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