Need a Photo? Check Viewfinder First

Posted: June 30, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Fran Rensbarger

Calling up photographic images of a campus personality or event takes only a couple of clicks thanks to Viewfinder, an interactive database of George Mason University pictures. Recently updated, the web site provides convenient access to more than 1,200 images shot by the Photography Services in the Creative Services department of University Relations. A client can search, preview, and order images from any computer on or off campus with Internet access. Viewfinder is available at

“Viewfinder has been edited to feature the best and most representative photographs we have to offer, so it is more likely that the client will be able to find what they want from this one source,” says Donald Verly, assistant director, Multimedia, in Creative Services.

Images can be downloaded instantly for free in a low-resolution format suitable for web use, or ordered in a higher-resolution publication format through the user interface. To obtain images suitable for printing, fees will include charges for time spent researching and processing the request. High-resolution images can be provided on CD or posted on the departmental server for access by the client. The turnaround time for small-quantity image requests is three days.

Photography Services has additional images that are not available on Viewfinder. To request a particular image, fill out a form online. Or, make an appointment with Eric Goodman, 703-993-8822, or, to look through image files. This can be a very time-consuming process, however, because images exist in several different databases and in different formats. Additional images, including some older photos taken by Photography Services, are in the University Libraries’ Special Collections and Archives, says Verly.

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