Request for Qualifications (RFQ) Photographers and Videographers


Individual project budgets may range from $250 to $20,000


City of Los Angeles Dept. of Cultural Affairs


Oct 9, 2023 - 12:00 am





Contact Bridget De Maria, DCA,


The Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) is seeking to establish a Prequalified Roster of Photographers and Videographers. DCA is seeking photographers to: document public artwork, architecture, cultural events, and exhibitions; produce PDF comps; and provide final digital files to DCA  for use in printed materials, social media, and on its website. DCA is seeking videographers to: document cultural events, produce video comps, and provide final digital files to DCA for use in social media and on its website.

Photographers applying to this RFQ may apply to one or up to all four categories: Artwork, Architecture, Cultural Events, and/or Exhibitions. Public artwork may include two- and/or three-dimensional work, and exterior and/or interior installations. Cultural events may include festivals, performances, educational activities, concerts, conferences, media events, presentations, etc. Exhibitions may include art shows and/or performance work.


This local call is open to photographers and videographers residing in the City of Los Angeles. Applicants must have a minimum three years of paid photography or videography experience. An applicant may apply as both a photographer and videographer (see “How to Apply” below). Current and former employees of the City of Los Angeles are ineligible to apply.


Successful applicants will respond to this RFQ with application materials that demonstrate:

  •  Experience working in racially, ethnically, and/or linguistically diverse settings and communities of Los Angeles;
  • Capacity to be collaborative and flexible;
  • Track record of working within a budget and on schedule;
  • Experience working with artists and/or arts organizations;
  • Experience and capacity to manage logistics for photo and/or video shoots;
  • Experience in shooting, editing, and producing professional photographs and/or short-form video products.


A selection panel comprised of DCA staff and/or independent arts professionals will convene to review all eligible submissions received through this RFQ. Based on a review and assessment of submissions, the panel will select a group of photographers and videographers as finalists, and these finalists will constitute DCA’s 2023 Prequalified Roster of Photographers and Videographers. Prequalified photographers and videographers will be contacted by DCA as individual projects arise. Photographers and videographers prequalified through this RFQ will be eligible for projects but are not guaranteed a project commission. The Roster will remain active for three (3) years from the date of selection.


Download the RFQ for instructions on how to apply.

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