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ARTIST CALL: Request for Proposals: Photographic Services (Portraits) for the LA Metro Transit System

Metro Creative Services is seeking to contract with a professional photographer with expertise in portrait photography. The photographer will provide portraits of artists commissioned by Metro to create public artworks for the Metro transit system.


Scope of Work:
* Photographer shall shoot numerous frames to obtain various exposures, and perspectives/viewpoints of each artist in her/his studio.
* Photographer shall present a broad selection of images from which Metro shall select and approve the final 4 deliverables for each artist’s portrait.
* Photographer shall be responsible for obtaining photo release signatures from each artist prior to shooting portraits. Metro shall provide release forms.
* Photographer shall coordinate all studio visits with the individual artists.


Location: Portraits shall be taken at each artist’s studio. Studios are located in neighborhoods throughout Los Angeles County. Scheduling of studio visits should consider geographic adjacency of neighborhoods for maximum efficiency.


Artists: Project entails photographing a total of 37 artists.


* Photographer shall provide (4) portraits of each artist. Portraits shall include head shots and full body within their studio environment.
* All photos shall be high resolution TIFF for a total of 148 photo images.


* Services shall be provided as an independent contractor to Metro with no employee benefits.
* Selected photographic images shall be used by Metro in the development of collateral materials. All photo images selected shall become the property of Metro upon payment to photographer.
* All photo images shall be furnished with unlimited rights, including copyrights, to Metro and shall be free from any proprietary restrictions.
* Metro cannot guarantee crediting the photographer in Metro publications and printed materials.
* Metro shall provide artist contact information.
* The selected photographer will provide General Liability and Automotive Insurance. If the photographer has employees, Workers’ Compensation Insurance shall be required.


Milestone/Payments: Payments will be based on the final, agreed-to project amount negotiated between photographer and Metro. Metro reserves the right to not award a contract.


Period of Performance: Full photographic services and deliverables must be completed no later than June 29, 2012.


Evaluation Criteria:
* Quality of past portrait photography work as evidenced in portfolio of photographic samples (40%)
* Portrait photography experience as evidenced by resume (20%)
* Cost quote for scope of work and deliverables (20%)
* Ability to meet Metro job conditions and schedule (20%)


Submittal Requirements:
Interested professional photographers must submit:
* A letter of interest
* Current professional resume
* Digital portfolio of portrait photography work samples (10 to 12 images, TIFF or JPEG), 300DPI, 5MB or smaller
* Line item budget quote. (Submit Cost Quote Page, Attachment A.)
* Minimum of three client references related to previous photographic jobs performed


Deadline: Submittals must be received by Metro by 5:00 pm on May 22, 2012.


Email submittal materials and portfolio samples to:
Subject line: “Photographic Services (Portraits)”

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