Photo gallery Moments in Time: Photographers’ Choice 2015
French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson once wrote about “the decisive moment” — a photographer’s innate ability to sense the “creative fraction of a second when you are taking a picture.” University Communications photographers Jeff Miller and Bryce Richter are masters of these fleeting seconds. Whether they are capturing a high-profile campus event, covering a classroom discussion or simply walking up Bascom Hill with camera in hand, they see details that the rest of us don’t. This now-annual collection of photographs compiled by Miller and Richter — while not meant to be a comprehensive look at our campus — highlights some of the decisive moments of 2015.
Words by Cindy Foss
Wisconsin goalie Ann-Renée Desbiens celebrates her sport by quoting former UW hockey coach Bob Johnson on her helmet.
Thoughts, feelings and opinions are on the table as participants discuss diversity and inclusion at a campus forum in January.
Researching the creatures among us, graduate student Marcus Mueller gently moves a sedated fox to a sheltered area at the Lakeshore Nature Preserve.
Students from the Lakeshore and Southeast residence halls make the most of a snowy situation, taking part in a snowball fight on Bascom Hill in February.
With colorful socks leading the way, participants in an Arts Institute workshop at Lathrop Hall practice stilt walking.
What to do when it’s 64 degrees in March? Why, put on shorts and walk out on the still-frozen Lake Mendota, of course.
Over-the-moon fans gather on State Street to celebrate the Badgers’ win against undefeated Kentucky in the NCAA Final Four game in April.
Big basketball, big accomplishments: Frank Kaminsky, who swept multiple national player honors, including the prestigious John R. Wooden Award, poses with one of the tools of his trade.
With a smile befitting thoughts of ice cream, food science graduate student Maya Warren, who aspires to have a TV show featuring frozen desserts, serves up a test batch.
Goggles in place, Michelle K. Lee, right, director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, tours the Discovery Building’s Living Environments Laboratory with faculty member Kevin Ponto.
Legislators and staff gathered in an ornate hearing room at the state Capitol listen as UW virologist Yoshihiro Kawaoka explains his work to deter serious diseases such as Ebola.
Safe and sound: Owlets nestle in the crook of a tree branch and bask in the sun with an adult great horned owl near the Temin Lakeshore Path on an April day.
Quietly honoring the victims of a massive earthquake in Nepal, campus and community members hold a candlelight vigil near the state Capitol.
Karla Foster, coordinator for African American Student Academic Services, comforts students after a May announcement that no charges would be brought related to the death of Tony Robinson, an African-American Madison man shot by a Madison police officer.
Why do we love the UW? Let us count the ways — and write them on a chalkboard during the Bucky’s Day Off event, part of the annual All Campus Party held on Library Mall.
Chancellor Rebecca Blank and commencement speaker Katie Couric share big smiles along with the 5,800 students — now UW alumni — who received their bachelor’s and master’s degrees during a ceremony at Camp Randall Stadium.
No doubt adding to his already impressive vocabulary, Badger basketball player Nigel Hayes browses books during a photo shoot for a UW-Madison Libraries READ poster.
With ghostly boats near Memorial Union Terrace in the foreground, colorful bands of the aurora borealis, or northern lights, glow in the nighttime sky in the wee hours of June 23.
All in a day’s work: Lab manager Nacho Vivas checks on germ-free mice in a carefully monitored sterile-lab environment in the bacteriology department.
With a weed-free goal in mind, Ben Futa, curator at the Allen Centennial Gardens, uses a handheld cultivator on a sunny June day.
Having their lettuce and eating it, too, freshwater snails feed in an aquarium tank at the Biotron Laboratory, contributing to Timothy Yoshino’s research related to a human blood parasite.
There’s everything fishy about Kandis Elliot’s talent, which the emerita senior artist has employed to create posters with life-size illustrations of Wisconsin’s fish species.
A visitor to the Chazen Museum of Art cocks her head as she studies a massive — and amazingly detailed — drawing, a work-in-progress by Manabu Ikeda, an artist in residence.
In an unexpected display of multitasking, Sarah Krause, an artist’s model, uses a manual typewriter while sitting on Library Mall for assistant professor Leslie Smith III’s life drawing class.
Speaking of the unexpected, a polar bear taxidermy specimen, donated to the Zoological Museum, is readied for its permanent home atop the foyer entrance of Birge Hall.
As skeletons hang out close by, UW paleoanthropologist John Hawks types on a laptop in the Biological Anthropology Lab in the Sewell Social Sciences building.
A 1970s-era bridge comes tumbling down in August as spectators watch construction workers demolish the deteriorating structure between the Mosse Humanities Building, left, and Vilas Hall, foreground.
It’s the thrill of this young fan’s life as Badgers running back Corey Clement signs his T-shirt during Family Fun Day at Camp Randall Stadium.
Getting acquainted with volleyball — and having a good time —was on the agenda when the Badger women’s team hosted young participants at a special event at the Field House.
Wow! Students react with amazement as a blindfolded mentalist identifies items collected from the audience during a Wisconsin Welcome event held at the Overture Center.
Thanks go to umbrella makers as pedestrians hustle through heavy rain on Park Street during a stormy September morning.
With arms open wide and notes pouring out, UW student Alaina Carlson, right, performs for School of Music alumna Brenda Rae during a master class in Music Hall.
Tangible results are revealed as students in a business school class use silk-screening techniques at Wheelhouse Studios to create posters related to “Just Mercy,” this year’s selection for Go Big Read.
This is the reward for getting up before dawn: a view of women's crew rowing along Lake Mendota with the downtown Madison skyline as the backdrop.
As donations pour in for the UW’s Annual Campaign, plastic pink flamingos — one of the most iconic and adored campus symbols — pop up on Bascom Hill in October.
Huddling under a banner (full disclosure: Happy Homecoming), children ride in the back of a vintage car and wave to thousands of spectators lining State Street during the annual Homecoming Parade.
Seventy-six trombones? Not quite, but no one is counting anything but touchdowns as the UW Marching Band gives another stirring performance at the Homecoming game in October. (The Badgers won.)
A sea — or, technically, a marsh — of red forms as cranberries are harvested near a Necedah, Wisconsin, farm that grows several varieties bred at the UW and licensed by the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation.
Eyeing a “What Makes Light Different” information booth, a youngster visits an event at the Discovery Building during the Wisconsin Science Festival, a statewide celebration of curiosity and exploration.
Undeterred by a blustery November night, hundreds of UW students and community members gather on Bascom Hill for a Black Out March held to support African-American students at the University of Missouri.
Mother Nature meets Wisconsin football as UW Athletics staff clear the outcome of a November snowstorm before the Badgers’ final home game at Camp Randall Stadium.
A four-star visit: Admiral Michelle Howard, the U.S. Navy's vice chief of naval operations, speaks to 50 midshipmen in the campus’s Naval ROTC unit.
As a symbol against gun violence, artist in residence Eric Adjetey Anang invites guests to help break the barrel of the gun-shaped coffin that he created at the Art Lofts.
Shielding their words from onlookers, referee Gene Steratore and men’s basketball Coach Bo Ryan confer during a game at the Kohl Center in February. After leading the Badgers to the NCAA final, Ryan wrapped up his career in December. Thanks, Coach, for so many great seasons!
Where does the time go? With another year almost over, students hunker down inside Wendt Library to study for final exams.