Get images for a project

Find photographs for your work and check how to brief a photographer for new shots.

Access our image library

Use our online photo library, Asset Bank, to browse and select images to use in your work.

You can browse and request images for your project by emailing us at assetbank@sussex.ac.uk.

Go to Asset Bank

We are in the process of registering Asset Bank admin users across the University. Admin users have access to a wider selection of images. To find out who the admin user is for your School, department or unit, or to become an admin user, email assetbank@sussex.ac.uk.

Briefing a photographer

When briefing our photographer, it’s useful to consider what makes your subject distinctive from its competitors so this can be emphasised in the shots.

Consider scenarios that show students and academics working separately and together using the most interesting and dynamic situations, spaces and facilities available. This way we can create visual distinctiveness and spark curiosity.

Find creative ways to tell the story. Consider the principles of Sussex photography, especially the importance of referencing key messages from the strategic framework to make sure your shots communicate our core mission.

Fill in the briefing form below. Give as much detail as possible, particularly about the usage – for example when text needs to overlay an image. The photographer and designer may need to liaise over specific design elements.

Source some examples of photography you think convey the tone or message.

Shaping the shoot

The photographer will contact you to shape the details of the photoshoot, such as the visual concept, timings, locations and length of shoot.

Make sure your discussion with the photographer takes place well ahead of time so you cover:

  • any permission needed to use certain spaces
  • weather contingencies
  • teaching timetables and staff availability.

A walk-around is often useful in planning your shots. It also allows the photographer to plan the technical aspects.

Keep notes on this planning process for reference on the day. This helps ensure the shots meet the brief.

Allow time after the shoot for editing.

Briefing freelance photographers

Most photography requirements are taken care of by Stuart Robinson, our University Photographer. Stuart works within the Digital and Creative Media team and can be commissioned to produce on-brand imagery.

When considering your photography requirements, you should contact us first.

Freelance photographers need more information about the Sussex brand and your exact requirements. Get in touch so we can help you shape the brief and provide the relevant information.

Briefing document

The photographer will need some information about your requirements. Fill in the form below to explain what you need.


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