Category: Blog

Marc Vallée Exhibition at Metro’s FOH – Behind the Scenes

This September held the launch of Marc Vallée’s solo show London & Paris 2011-2018 in Metroprint’s Front of House, showcasing a range of printing techniques throughout the exhibition, the process of which was documented by photographer Alexander Christie. Having worked closely with Marc for a number of years, it has been especially fascinating to collaborate with him on this, as London & Paris 2011-2018 brings together work from multiple projects for the first time, including Writers, Number Six, Vandals and the City, The Graffiti Trucks of Paris and The Graffiti Trucks of London. We spoke to Marc about the process of working together: ‘The bottom line with working with Metro is the quality of the work. I like the dark aesthetic of many contemporary Japanese photobooks for both my zines and prints.  Most of the prints in the Metro show are digital fibre-based silver gelatin prints which really do work and blow me away every time I […]

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Africa MediaWorks Photography Prize

Metroprint are proud to join forces with the Africa MediaWorks Photography Prize, a brand new platform for artists across the African continent, an important new addition to London’s photography scene, and Britain’s first major African photography prize. The competition will showcase contemporary artists who have begun to build a reputation for their high-quality work and are now being recognised globally. A distinguished international jury of African Art experts have nominated the work of 15 photographers based in countries such as Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa, Ethiopia, Benin and Senegal, as well as artists with diverse African heritage working in the UK. A selected shortlist of 6 photographers will be going on display at the gallery of HKS Architects in London’s Fitzrovia. One overall winner will be announced during the opening and awarded a £5000 grant to produce a further body of work. The varied work on display includes C-type, Giclée Fine Art, and Black and White Fibre-based printing, mounted to aluminium and […]

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Breaking Barriers – A New Beginning

This October brings the opening of A New Beginning, the annual exhibition of the refugee employment charity Breaking Barriers, to be held at Protein Studios. Metroprint have been thrilled to provide production support throughout the undertaking of this group portrait exhibition, co-curated by Rebecca McClelland and Breaking Barriers. The show will display a series of portraits exploring both documentary and fashion photography, all printed directly onto Adhesive Vinyl .  A New Beginning conveys the stories of ten people, and the support the charity has provided them, via interviews by multi award-winning journalist Samira Shackle and photographic portraits taken by the photographers: Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin Nick Waplington Caleb Femi Campbell Addy Diana Markosian Jo Metson Scott Leonie Hampton Timur Celikdag Leon Chew Samin Ahmadzadeh Subjects featured include a Syrian family arriving in the UK on an official resettlement programme, without speaking a word of English; a gay man from Egypt seeking personal freedom; a Yemeni Human Rights Advocate displaced by war; a […]

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ICA: Andy’s in Town

Metroprint are delighted to have collaborated with the Institute of Contemporary Arts in producing their latest print edition: Andy’s in Town by Marc Camille Chaimowicz (b.1947), made exclusively for the institution and available through the ICA Bookstore. Taken in 1975, the edition is composed of multiple images Chaimowicz took on his Olympus OM-1 during the 1975 book signing for The Philosophy of Andy Warhol (From A to B & Back Again) in Foyles Bookshop on Charing Cross Road. During the event, Chaimowicz began to critically question his actions within the fandom of the situation, leaving before getting the chance to meet Warhol. Forty years later, he chanced upon an unprocessed roll of Ilford Delta 400 to find the photographs he had taken during the wait, the results of which we see here. ‘Produced as a traditional silver bromide print, the enlarged contact sheet envelops the viewer, eliciting a visceral response. Physically glossy, as Warhol himself was, the material qualities of the […]

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An interview with Jamie E. Murray, THRESHOLD First Prize Winner

Metro interviewed Jamie Murray, MA student from the University of the West of England Bristol, and the THRESHOLD Student Photo Award Winner. Firstly congratulations on winning the THRESHOLD Student Photo Award, what does it mean to you to have won? Thank you! It means a lot to be selected for any award, but especially so from Metro. I know the quality of the work you produce and can’t wait to work together on some prints. You won your award with the work ‘Soul’, part of your on-going project ‘A Folly of Our Own, 2018’, can you explain a little about the background of the project? Soul is an ex-prisoner who I sat down with to talk through his experience of incarceration. This meeting is one of a number of face-to-face meetings I have had with ex-prisoners to try and get more of an insight into the affects of the institution of prison. […]

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New East Photo Prize 2018 at Calvert 22

This Autumn brings us the second edition of the New East Photo Prize, an initiative championing contemporary perspectives on the people and countries of the New East (Eastern Europe, the Balkans, Russia and Central Asia) and welcoming the work of professional and non-professional photographers alike through the Calvert 22 Foundation. Metro Imaging are thrilled to be collaborating again with Calvert 22, providing printing and mounting for the exhibition. The NEPP is supported by The Calvert Journal, with an esteemed judging panel including Deputy Head of Photography at The Guardian Joanna Ruck, Creative Director of Calvert 22 Foundation Ekow Eshun, leading documentary photographer and educator Tomasz Kulbowski, and Metro Imaging’s own Steve Macleod. Having received over 600 entries this year from 26 New East Countries, the biennial NEPP is a unique glimpse into the self-identity of an underrepresented region and the lives of its people, with a diverse range of works reflecting a spectrum of approaches and […]

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Metro Imaging x Brighton Photo Fringe 2018

Continuing its long-standing partnership and support of Brighton Photo Fringe, Metro Imaging is delighted to be the official print sponsor again for this year’s citywide celebration of photography, delivering the highest quality exhibitions in an innovative and exciting way. It really is an honour to be the official partner of an organisation that supports emerging photographers and lens-­based artists, showcasing new talent and allowing all kinds of people to enjoy and experiment with photography. The festival takes place throughout the month of October, and its 8th edition takes inspiration from Marvin Heiferman’s 2012 book and project for the Smithsonian Photography Initiative: click! photography changes everything. BPF18 explores how photography influences how we see and understand the world around us, hence by showcasing a vast range of photography the organisation aims to engage the community in debate about how we might harness photography to create a better world. As main partners of Brighton Photo Fringe, every two years […]

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Philip Volkers: Dust to Dawn, A Photographic Adventure at Burning Man

Every year, 75,000 people descend on an alkaline lake bed in Nevada, USA, for the Burning Man Festival, a highly influential festival and haven for enquiring minds. Philip Volkers has spent the last decade documenting his experience of the spiritual and hedonistic gatherings as the festival’s official photographer. His works have culminated in the creation of a new book Dust to Dawn, as well as an exhibition of the same name to be held at the Bermondsey Project Space celebrating its launch. The exhibition will then tour, moving to Lucy Bell Gallery throughout October. From vast and hazy desert landscapes to surreal sculptures, Dust to Dawn encompasses the full Burning Man experience. Here at Metro Imaging, we’ve had the pleasure of working closely with Philip to produce Bespoke C-type Prints, Reverse-Perspex Mounted in Keyline Frames for the exhibition, which launches on the 11th of September. ‘I have always had a fascination with human gatherings and what first […]

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Marc Vallée: London & Paris 2011-2018

Launching this September, we are thrilled to announce our in-house solo show: Marc Vallée: London & Paris 2011-2018. Marc Vallée (b.1968) is a London-based documentary photographer whose work focuses on contemporary youth culture within the context of the neoliberal city. Marc’s work has been published and exhibited worldwide, while Tate Britain, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), the Museum of London and the Martin Parr Collection all hold his zines and photobooks in their collections. The Museum of London also purchased a selection of Marc’s prints, which are currently on show as part of the London Nights exhibition. At Metro we’ve worked closely with Marc over the last few years, with London & Paris 2011-2018 culminating throughout the last few months, bringing together his vast anthology of work. Images from projects such Writers, Number Six, Vandals and the City, The Graffiti Trucks of Paris and The Graffiti Trucks of London will be shown collectively for the first time. Curated […]

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Metro Imaging x Lenscloud

Metro Imaging is collaborating with Lenscloud, a Fine Art Photography platform that aims to democratise art investment for emerging and established collectors, creating useful content in Fine Art Printing and trends in the market. Lenscloud wants to help fine-art photography enthusiasts build: a timeless, ever-growing, personal collection fuelled by a user’s own rapidly expanding awareness into the practices for smart and savvy art investing as well as a refinement of their own tastes and profile as a collector. The functional platform realises the three goals of learning, collecting and investing through its gallery feature, info-based sections, and facilitating art purchases through e-commerce. This allows fine-art enthusiasts to view and create collections, build knowledge and expertise in the fine art photography scene and purchase directly on the platform. As a self-styled ‘source’ for art discovery and investing, Lenscloud works directly with artists, archives and foundations, which gives users the assurance that pieces they purchase have a guarantee of […]

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THRESHOLD Awards 2018

It has been a long and difficult process for our judges to pick the finalists for our Metro Student Competition, due to such a high standard of work submitted. Thank you for all who took part and to our judges: Steve Macleod, Carole Evans & Owen Harvey! We are pleased to announce that the following artists have been chosen to exhibit in our Front of House in September: Molly Budd Inese Gold China Hopson Melanie King Caterina Lombardi Jamie E. Murray Laura Robinson   The exhibition will run from Monday 3rd to Friday 7th September at Metro Imaging Front of House, with the Private View and Award Ceremony taking place on Wednesday 5th September 18:30 – 20:30. On the evening of the 5th, the prizes will be announced: FIRST PRIZE AND OVERALL WINNER: will win a 12 month, individually tailored Mentorship at Metro Imaging & £1000 production credit to spend on Bespoke Services. SIX SHORTLISTED WINNERS: will receive a £50 Metro Imaging Gift Voucher. One […]

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Metro Imaging x SATORI Mentorship Award

Metro Imaging are proud to be partnering with SATORI to offer visual artists the chance to win a tailored Mentorship Award, which will support them with professional development, career direction, and industry insight. SATORI is a creative forum to share work, thoughts, feelings, inspirations, fears, opinions and more. Each issue begins with a simple theme and a short piece of text; together they serve as an open brief to a diverse group of contributors from a variety of different backgrounds. SATORI next issue, issue three –The Issue of ‘Aesthetics’ (a set of principles concerned with the nature and appreciation of beauty), is inspired by a quote from the late Irish poet, author, philosopher and priest John O’Donohue — “Beauty is the illumination of your soul.” This issue will feature over 100 pages of original content from acclaimed writers including Alison Bean, Rebecca Pearson, Pico Iyer, BJ Miller, and Ken Hollings and an […]

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A Street Photography Pop-Up by Sidewalk Photos

Sidewalk Photos, a street photography Pop-Up, will be showcasing a curated body of work from 12 highly acclaimed and recognised street photographers at 3 Street Gallery. Consisting of 60 prints, the featured artists are Brandon Wong, Craig Whitehead, Ed Robertson, Harry W. Edmonds, Joshua K. Jackson, Mavis CW, Mo Barzegar, Sean Tucker, Sean Welch, Stuart Paton, Toby Ziff, Valerie Six. Metro has worked closely with all artists, and organisers Joshua K. Jackson & Mavis CW, to produce their collection exhibition on Fuji digital c-type matt papers and finished in classic contemporary black wooden frames.’ The work has been commissioned by a corporate client of Sidewalk Photos, with the images being installed after the Pop-Up as a permanent office art project for their Carnaby Street headquarters. The Pop-Up aims to promote street photography as its main objective, providing exposure for the featured artists and giving members of the public the rare opportunity to see a highly curated body of […]

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BJP International Photography Award 2018 Exhibition

The Copenhagen-based collective Sara, Peter & Tobias, winners of the International Photography Award 2018, will be showing their award-winner series The Merge, at the British Journal of Photographys’ International Photography Award  (BJP IPA) 2018 exhibition, opening with the PV on Thursday 12th July 2018 at TJ Boulting. Metro Imaging was delighted to once again work with the BJP and TJ Boutling, sponsoring the exhibition with the full production of all C-type prints and bespoke frames for the show. The Merge explores and visually interprets the possibility that our reality does not exist as we believe it to, but that instead, we live in a simulation. Could it be that our world is just a construct – a created illusion? The Merge visually entertains the simulation theory. It artistically investigates what consequences supercomputers, artificial intelligence and robots have on our future society. By looking at interactions between man and machine it explores how this accelerated digitized […]

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TAYLOR WESSING OFFER 2018

Create your printed portrait at our usual prices and we will provide packaging, labelling and delivery to ensure a smooth Round II application process and peace of mind.  See our full info below… BESPOKE PRINTING OFFER Come in to our Central London lab with your file and you can spend 15 minutes with one of our expert technicians. We’ll tweak your image until you’re perfectly happy, and print the file to your required size. Alternatively send your file remotely and we’ll ensure to print them optimally Choose either Digital C-type, Fine Art Giclée or Genuine Black & White prints and we will carefully set it in a protective sleeve, label it for you and deliver it to the address specified for entries. BESPOKE PREMIER / STANDARD PRINTS: These include Digital C-type, Giclée, Black & White. Prints “must be no larger than 1015 x 760mm and 20 kilos in weight (there are no limitations on how small a work can be).The image […]

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Celebrating 100 years of inspiring women with Anita Corbin

Celebrating 100 years of inspiring women with Anita Corbin

How will women be remembered over the past 100 years? What have they achieved in the fields of Sport, Science, Politics, the Arts and Education? Who were these women and what did they look like? Renowned photographer Anita Corbin aims to answer these questions with her symbolic project ‘First Women‘, exhibiting at Royal College of Art this summer. This considerable body of work comprises a unique collection of 100 portraits capturing women in the UK who were “first” in their field of achievement. The portraits by Anita provide inspiration and insight for a new generation of women seeking an understanding of their own roles in a rapidly changing world in which equality is still an issue. The full collection is finally being revealed this year to mark 100 years of women’s suffrage. After working with Metro on her 2016 exhibition Visible Girls, Anita was keen to seek advice on the First Women […]

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Framing and Curating Coffee Morning

Come down to explore our South London workshop, and join us for a framing and curating coffee morning. Meet the experts behind every piece we create and discover cost-effective and archival solutions for finishing, preserving and installing artworks. We will also be joined by our industry partners, TAGSMART – the pioneers in digital tagging, authentication and certification services in the Fine Art Market. Through live demonstrations, gain tips on curating and exhibiting over coffee and refreshments. Plus, get a chance to win a £250 voucher for our Mounting and Framing services. We’re looking forward to your visit! Event Details: Tuesday 3rd July 11 am – 1 pm Metro Framing HQ 106 Tinworth Street Vauxhall, London SE11 5EQ To join us, RSVP here

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Calvert 22: Print Swap, Exhibition Tour + Career Review

Join us on Wednesday June 20th for an afternoon of Rediscovered Photographs at Calvert 22 Foundation.   WHAT? Print swap, exhibition tour, and portfolio review with The Calvert Journal and Metro Imaging. We’ll begin with a curator’s tour of the exhibition Family Values: Polish Photography Now, the first major exhibition dedicated to Polish photography in the UK, which amplifies themes of identity, home and family in the context of social and political change. The tour will be followed by a print swap introduced by Professor Steve Macleod, Director of Metro Imaging. The print swap’s theme is “Rediscovered Photographs”, inspired by the work of the photographers in the Family Values exhibition. A group career review session with Professor Steve Macleod and Kate O’Neill, Marketing and Partnerships Manager at Metro Imaging, will follow. Finally, you’ll have the chance to participate in one-on-one portfolio review sessions with editors of The Calvert Journal. WHEN? 2pm – 5pm Wednesday 20th June 2018. WHERE? Calvert 22 Foundation, 22 Calvert Avenue, London […]

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Beat Positive – A new exhibition exploring a decade of hip-hop culture

Getty Images Gallery announces Beat Positive, a new exhibition which will bring to life the dawn of hip-hop culture in a series of vibrant photographs available as fine art prints. The exhibition showcases iconic images from British photographers Janette Beckman and David Corio alongside never before seen material from the Michael Ochs, Right On! and Redferns archives. Now one of the biggest selling musical genres globally, hip-hop began with a much simpler goal: to get people moving. On the evening of August 11, 1973, Clive Campbell, better known as DJ Kool Herc, set up two turntables in the recreation room at 1520 Sedgewick Ave in the Bronx in order to entertain the crowd gathered for his sister Cindy’s birthday party. In a completely new technique he called the Merry Go-Round, Herc extended short drum breaks, now known as breakbeats, using two copies of the same records. The crowd went wild, the party went late, and though no one at […]

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Tish Murtha: Works 1976-1991 at The Photographers Gallery

This month sees ‘Tish Murtha: Works 1976 – 1991’ exhibited at The Photographers’ Gallery, London. This unique exhibition, which charts the remarkable accomplishments of documentary photographer Tish Murtha, also offers a tender and frank perspective on a historic moment of social deprivation and instability in Britain. In 1976, aged 20, Tish Murtha left Newcastle upon Tyne to study at the influential School of Documentary Photography at Newport College of Art under the guidance of Magnum photographer David Hurn. The earliest series in this show, Newport Pub, dates from this period – where Murtha photographed the realities of everyday life for the regulars of a typical public house, ‘The New Found Out’ in a deprived area. Murtha felt a genuine sense of obligation to the communities of her home in the North East and had chosen a course of study which would make her a more effective photographer, one who could highlight the […]

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HOSPITAL ROOMS x METRO IMAGING

“Hospital Rooms aims to disrupt the barriers that limit access to art and culture for people using secure and locked mental health services.” We catch-up up with founders of Hospital Rooms, Niamh White and Tim Shaw, and discuss their mission to give meaning to visual art in care units. Can you tell us why you founded Hospital rooms and how it all came about? We founded Hospital Rooms after a close friend was sectioned under the mental health act and when we visited her, the unit was bleak and clinical. It was not at all conducive to recovery or rejuvenation and we were shocked that this was where she was at a time when she was so vulnerable. Our background is in the arts (Timis an artist and Niamh is a curator). Together we thought that we could change these spaces by bringing artists into them. We’ve learned a lot over the last […]

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PECKHAM 24 x METRO: OVERHAUL

Overhaul brings together artists Rhiannon Adam, Natasha Caruana, and Laura Pannack to transform a derelict terraced house in Peckham. Metro Imaging are pleased to work with both Rhiannon Adam and Laura Pannack, producing 11 Duratran prints for the show; this collaborative project is exhibiting all new and unseen work at Safehouse 1, as part of Peckham 24, 2018. The exhibition explores the collision of collaboration, science, and research led enquiries drawing from The Peckham Experiment (1926-1950); a revolutionary initiative set-up to study rising concerns over health and well-being. The initiative worked with 950 local families living within one mile of the experiment’s base, the Pioneer Health Centre, St Mary’s Road, Peckham. Working together, Laura Pannack and Rhiannon Adam open their sketchbook to share their process, using experimental analogue processes to assess how we diagnose and define health. As part of the Peckham Experiment, member families would subject themselves to an annual health overhaul, in […]

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PECKHAM 24 x METRO: TAISUKE KOYAMA – SENSOR CODE

“Within the vast disaster area, the boundaries between the city and nature had been shattered right in front of my eyes. I was forced to think about the inevitable limitations of photography and how impossible it is to record all of actual reality” – Taisuke Koyama Metro are excited to be working with Seen Fifteen for Taisuke Koyama solo exhibition, SENSOR CODE  which opens as part of Peckham 24 Festival on Friday 18th May 2018. Working closely with the gallery, our team produced a set of bespoke frames for this unique body of work. For this new exhibition, Koyama will present abstract photographic works from four recent projects, which employ experimental strategies using digital sensors. The reactions of light onto the sensors in digital cameras and scanners resolve into unique colours and patterns, which in turn create Koyama’s own visual language. Releasing abstract photography from its heritage in materiality is an ongoing area of interest for […]

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PHOTO LONDON x METRO: Tim Walker at Michael Hoppen

Metro is delighted to be collaborating with Michael Hoppen Gallery to produce bespoke framing and mounting for Tim Walker’s ‘The Gully Queens‘ to be shown at Photo London 2018. The Gully Queens Jamaica, 2018 – is an exclusive limited edition of 30 signed prints with all proceeds (100%) donated to the Gully Queens Charity “I found the notion of an aggression towards homosexuality in Jamaica sad and regressive. To me, the Gully Queens are emblematic of this injustice which is what led me to photograph them.” – Tim Walker says of this particular work. Pop by the Michael Hoppen Gallery Stand C1 at Photo London fair to see this beautiful piece on show and chat with their wonderful team. IMG © Tim Walker The Gully Queens: Health, Safety and Housing concerns continue to go unaddressed for a subset of the Homeless & Displaced LGBT persons who reside across Jamaica. Many have resided in the storm drains of the […]

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London Nights at Museum of London

A new major exhibition London Nights opens at the Museum of London this month, in which the diversity of the city of London after dark is explored, through both contemporary and historic imagery, ranging from the late 19th century to the present day. Split into three sections the exhibition focuses on London Illuminated, which showcases the variety of ways in which photographers have been inspired by and captured the aesthetic of the city at night, depicting London illuminated by limited natural and artificial light in contrast to the familiar daytime. Dark Matters explores the mysterious, unknown and potentially uncomfortable – the darker side of the city. In this section, visitors will be immersed in imagery relating to night-walking, the blackout of the Blitz, isolation, threat, and vulnerability. The final section Switch On…Switch Off…focuses on Londoners at work, rest and play in the city after dark. From the familiar commute home, the quick change of pace as […]

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PHOTO LONDON x METRO: Iconic Images

Iconic Images will exhibit its full roster of world-renowned photographers at Photo London, showcasing images that have never been exhibited before, including vintage works by pioneering British photographers Terry O’Neill and Norman Parkinson. O’Neill chronicled the rise of youth culture in the 60s, charting emerging rock and roll bands before working with the biggest names in and cinema, from the 60s to present day. Metro has been privileged to work with Iconic on both over the years, producing a range of fine art giclée, digital c-types and true black and white prints for a variety of exhibitions and collections. Don’t miss these rare and vintage photographs at G22 and F14 at Photo London at Somerset House from May 17th – 20th. Other iconic works featured include Douglas Kirkland, Milton Greene, Markus Klinko, Jerry Schatzberg, John Swannell, Terence Donovan, Gered Mankowitz and Norman Seeff. IMG: Terry O’Neill signing large Fibre limited edition prints at Metro Imaging.

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Photographers Against Wildlife Crime

Next week Leica Studio Mayfair will host the book launch and corresponding exhibition for the poignant series Photographers Against Wildlife Crime. This collective body of work will feature a selection of fine art giclée prints produced with the team here Metro Imaging. Founded by Britta Jaschinski and Keith Wilson, Photographers Against Wildlife Crime™ are an international group of award-winning photographers that have joined forces to use their powerful and iconic images to help bring an end to the illegal wildlife trade in our lifetime. The exhibition is running from May 14 to June 7, at the Leica Studio Mayfair and will officially launch on the 18th of May, 2018.  For all further info and trailer to the series of work see:   www.photographersagainstwildlifecrime.com Photographers Against Wildlife Crime™ are: Adam Oswell • Adrian Steirn • Brent Stirton • Brian Skerry • Britta Jaschinski • Bruno D’Amicis • Charlie Hamilton James • Chris Packham • Daniel Beltra • Jim Brandenburg • Jo-Anne McArthur • Karl Ammann […]

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FAME – Andy Gotts at Box Galleries

This week the Chelsea based, contemporary art gallery Box Galleries are launching FAME – their exclusive collection of unseen photographs by Andy Gotts,  alongside a classic collection of icons by Terry O Neill and Douglas Kirkland. Metro have been privileged to work with all three of these iconic photographers over the years, producing a range of fine art giclée, digital c-types and true black and white prints for a variety of exhibitions and collections. Andy Gotts MBE MA is most noted for his black and white portraits of Hollywood actors and singers. Since 1990 Gotts’ work has been published internationally and has appeared in many magazines, including French Vogue, GQ and Vanity Fair. The National Portrait Gallery holds a selection of his photographs in their permanent collection and in 2009 Gotts was honoured with the presentation of the Fox Talbot Award. FAME will show at Box Galleries between 10-31st May 2018, with the private view held 6pm on Thursday 10th May. IMG © ANDY GOTTS

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PHOTO LONDON x METRO: Steve Macleod at Black Box Projects

With the countdown to Photo London 2018 in full swing, we look at some highlights and ‘must-sees’ at this year’s fair. THE WORK Hala -Steve Macleod, Black Box Projects “The longer we stare at nothing, the more chance that something will appear to us, creating an unfathomable aura and thoughtful meaning.” – Steve Macleod says of new series Hala, a project inspired by photographs captured by British explorer Sir Wilfred Thesiger. This new body of work documents the vast landscape of the Al Hajar Peninsula in the United Arab Emirates, one of the most desolate and inhospitable areas in the region. The mountain range offers a true vision of wilderness; empty and devoid of human presence. Hala will be shown for the first time as part of Photo London with Black Box Projects and include limited edition fine art Giclée prints produced here at Metro Imaging on both Hahnemühle Photo Rag and German Etching papers. […]

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PHOTO LONDON x METRO: Tom Lovelace at Flowers Gallery

Ahead of Photo London 2018, we’re highlighting some of the work by our wonderful clients showing at Somerset House this May. THE WORK Dazzle Site Installation for ‘On the Heights’ – Tom Lovelace Late last year the ‘On the Heights’ exhibition showcased new work by four artists; from Miriam Austin, Sam Belinfante, Tom Lovelace, and Frances Scot. The work was produced when all four artists were invited to spend two weeks living and working at Yorkshire Sculpture Park (YSP) in April 2017. The work explores the history, stories, and landscape of the area, presenting a new dialogue between nature and experimental contemporary art practice for visitors to explore whilst extending YSP’s history of building relationships with and supporting young and emerging artists through the visiting artist programme. Metro worked with Tom Lovelace producing C-Type prints for part of his installation which sensitively considers the extraordinary setting of YSP.  Considering slippages in the manipulated landscape, Tom’s […]

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This September held the launch of Marc Vallée’s solo show London & Paris 2011-2018 in Metroprint’s Front of House, showcasing a range of printing techniques throughout the exhibition, the process of which was documented by photographer Alexander Christie.

Having worked closely with Marc for a number of years, it has been especially fascinating to collaborate with him on this, as London & Paris 2011-2018 brings together work from multiple projects for the first time, including Writers, Number Six, Vandals and the City, The Graffiti Trucks of Paris and The Graffiti Trucks of London.

We spoke to Marc about the process of working together:

‘The bottom line with working with Metro is the quality of the work. I like the dark aesthetic of many contemporary Japanese photobooks for both my zines and prints.  Most of the prints in the Metro show are digital fibre-based silver gelatin prints which really do work and blow me away every time I look at them.’

Curated by Metro’s Steve Macleod, the exhibition hosts 19 pieces of artwork, featuring Black & White Digital Fibre-based images, printed by master Lambda operator Sean Mulcahy, mounted to Dibond in Bespoke Frames hand-crafted in our framing workshop. The exhibition also includes images printed directly onto Brushed Dibond and Foamex with our large format UV printer, plus Adhesive Vinyl.

As featured in Hero Magazine, Director Steve Macleod comments on Marc’s work:

‘Disruptive; dirty; honest and essential – this is how I would describe Marc Vallée’s practice. Marc brings our focus into sharp relief, exploring a world that is frequently overlooked and more often misunderstood. However, you do not have to fully understand the nocturnal world that Marc and his subjects often occupy, as there is a serene poetry in every image that goes beyond documentary recording.’

Marc Vallée: London & Paris 2011-2018 runs at Metro Imaging Front of House from September 14th – December 21st 2018.

Don’t miss out on the first time this collection of work has been shown altogether!

Images by: © Alexander Christie

Metroprint are proud to join forces with the Africa MediaWorks Photography Prize, a brand new platform for artists across the African continent, an important new addition to London’s photography scene, and Britain’s first major African photography prize. The competition will showcase contemporary artists who have begun to build a reputation for their high-quality work and are now being recognised globally.

A distinguished international jury of African Art experts have nominated the work of 15 photographers based in countries such as Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa, Ethiopia, Benin and Senegal, as well as artists with diverse African heritage working in the UK. A selected shortlist of 6 photographers will be going on display at the gallery of HKS Architects in London’s Fitzrovia. One overall winner will be announced during the opening and awarded a £5000 grant to produce a further body of work. The varied work on display includes C-typeGiclée Fine Art, and Black and White Fibre-based printing, mounted to aluminium and framed using our custom Hire Frames. The exhibition also features our Adhesive Vinyl and Direct to Media Printing.

The selected 6 artists on show are:

Laeïla Adjovi
Alun [Be]
Rahima Gambo
Sabelo Mlangeni
Adeola Olagunju
Michael Tsegaye

Metro’s Creative Director, Professor Steve Macleod, has produced and curated the exhibition in partnership with the broadcasting company and organisers, AfricaMedia Works. Read more about the exhibition in Nataal’s feature where Steve comments:

“The quality of fine-art and contemporary photography across the African continent is astonishing and should be considered in the same breath as the best photographic artistry of the West. AfricaMedia Works Photography Prize is a presentation of great works by artists that deserve more recognition. We hope the prize will become a permanent fixture on the London photography scene.”

See the full nominee information here.

Exhibition Dates:  4th – 11th October 2018
HKS Architects
Elsley House, 24–30 Great Titchfield St
London, W1W 8BF

Images © Laeïla Adjovi & Rahima Gambo

This October brings the opening of A New Beginning, the annual exhibition of the refugee employment charity Breaking Barriersto be held at Protein Studios. Metroprint have been thrilled to provide production support throughout the undertaking of this group portrait exhibition, co-curated by Rebecca McClelland and Breaking Barriers. The show will display a series of portraits exploring both documentary and fashion photography, all printed directly onto Adhesive Vinyl 

A New Beginning conveys the stories of ten people, and the support the charity has provided them, via interviews by multi award-winning journalist Samira Shackle and photographic portraits taken by the photographers:

Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin
Nick Waplington
Caleb Femi
Campbell Addy
Diana Markosian
Jo Metson Scott
Leonie Hampton
Timur Celikdag
Leon Chew
Samin Ahmadzadeh

Subjects featured include a Syrian family arriving in the UK on an official resettlement programme, without speaking a word of English; a gay man from Egypt seeking personal freedom; a Yemeni Human Rights Advocate displaced by war; a Kurdish political activist forced to flee from Turkey after being handed a jail sentence in childhood; and a teenager from Eritrea making the wildly dangerous illegal overland journey to Britain. They are different ages, from different corners of the world, seeking refuge for a wildly varying host of reasons.

The exhibition highlights significant relationships in the refugees’ daily lives, and offers an alternative way of thinking about their individual stories and cultures, breaking with a heavily defined representation of refugees and displacement. At times, the images and stories describe harrowing journeys and challenging circumstances, but also show startling human resilience, and how hope and optimism that can emerge from personal connections. A New Beginning is a truly moving and enlightening exhibition that you won’t want to miss.

Private View: Wednesday 3rd October, 6:00pm-9:00 pm
Exhibition continues: 4th – 7th October, 8.30am-6pm

Protein Studios
3
1 New Inn Yard
London, EC2A 3EY
FREE ENTRY

Images © Campbell Addy and Nick Waplington.

Metroprint are delighted to have collaborated with the Institute of Contemporary Arts in producing their latest print edition: Andy’s in Town by Marc Camille Chaimowicz (b.1947), made exclusively for the institution and available through the ICA Bookstore.

Taken in 1975, the edition is composed of multiple images Chaimowicz took on his Olympus OM-1 during the 1975 book signing for The Philosophy of Andy Warhol (From A to B & Back Again) in Foyles Bookshop on Charing Cross Road. During the event, Chaimowicz began to critically question his actions within the fandom of the situation, leaving before getting the chance to meet Warhol. Forty years later, he chanced upon an unprocessed roll of Ilford Delta 400 to find the photographs he had taken during the wait, the results of which we see here.

‘Produced as a traditional silver bromide print, the enlarged contact sheet envelops the viewer, eliciting a visceral response. Physically glossy, as Warhol himself was, the material qualities of the work communicate the essence of the era during which the photos were taken and the circumstances of their capture – through the store window. Recording, almost romantically, the action of Warhol signing his book, alongside the adoration of his fans, the edition communicates the disquieting position of the voyeur, the silent, all-absorbing watcher. Warhol, a famous voyeur himself, is here out-voyuered by Chaimowicz.’ – ICA, 2018

Chaimowicz’ images have been reproduced digitally as a single B&W Silver Gelatin, Fibre-based limited edition of 20 prints and 5APs, at 50×70″. Later this month, the edition will be accompanied by a publication of the same title, launching at Paris Internationale 2018. You will also get the chance to see the images in a future exhibition, to be produced by Chaimowicz in 2020.

The edition can be purchased directly through the ICA here.

You can also catch the edition on display with ICA (Booth 20) for Frieze Art Fair, 4th-7th October 2018.

  1. Marc Camille Chaimowicz signing the edition at Metro Imaging, 2018

Metro interviewed Jamie Murray, MA student from the University of the West of England Bristol, and the THRESHOLD Student Photo Award Winner.

  1. Firstly congratulations on winning the THRESHOLD Student Photo Award, what does it mean to you to have won?

Thank you! It means a lot to be selected for any award, but especially so from Metro. I know the quality of the work you produce and can’t wait to work together on some prints.

  1. You won your award with the work ‘Soul’, part of your on-going project ‘A Folly of Our Own, 2018’, can you explain a little about the background of the project?

Soul is an ex-prisoner who I sat down with to talk through his experience of incarceration. This meeting is one of a number of face-to-face meetings I have had with ex-prisoners to try and get more of an insight into the affects of the institution of prison. During these conversations, I also make portraits and take notes of what is said in an effort to collect various materials I can refer back to.

I am interested in the notion of documentary within photography and what it means to tell a story from varying perspectives. In a previous work, I sailed with a Royal Navy ship back from their deployment in the Persian Gulf. Although I inherited the feelings of the ship I was on and photographed their story, the work still resided in a place defined by my perspective. If I had spent one day, one week, one month in prison I would not have matched the collective experience of prisoners. There is something about hearing the stories told, embellished in all their glory or sadness, that allows you true insight into the folklore of that place. The experience that counts is the one we remember, and the experience we remember is the story that we tell.

  1. Part of the First Place prize is a year’s mentorship with Metro Imaging, what are you looking forward to learning or hoping to gain from the experts here at Metro?

I have always been interested in the production of photography, whether in prints, books or on screen. I worked in a lab for a number of years which gave me a grounding in the processes used in contemporary printing, I am keen to learn how the professional printers can add something to the final prints. This can hopefully be translated into the production of artist books, which is something I am heavily working on right now.

I’m also always interested in hearing what people from varying backgrounds think about my images, both individually and as a sequence. I can only imagine how many images go through Metro’s doors every day, it must be an incredible cross-section. It is something I miss about working in a lab, you feel like you have your finger on the pulse of what people are shooting. It would be interesting to know what everyone at Metro thinks about these varying visual trends and where they are going.

  1. How would you describe your photographic style and what inspires you to shoot?

Style is a hard thing to define. So far, I have preferred to err on the side of melancholy, but that is not something set in stone. I shoot colour, that was the largest stylistic choice I have made in recent history. I had spent years working with black and white, heavily informed by my influences from when I started photography. The watershed of moving to colour allowed me a freedom to interpret the world in a way less inhibited by what I had seen before.

The inspiration to shoot is like an ever-returning itch. You scratch it when you come across a picture that surprises you, or that helps you see that moment in a renewed light, however a day or two later the itch returns. The more these different moments begin to play off each other, the stronger the itch comes back.

  1. We know photographers always have one eye on their next project, do you have any current projects or upcoming exhibitions you’d like to use your awarded £1000 credit for?

I am in the process of adding to what I have been working on for just over a year now. The work started with Albatross, made whilst on the warship, and has grown to encompass the prison and school as topics as well. It is broaching the ideas of institution and where the affects of these institutions reside in contemporary society. The credit will in some way go towards producing this work. I am having an exhibition of Albatross early next year, that will be the first project to work on.

  1. What are your ultimate photography/career goals?

If I have an ultimate goal, then I don’t want to know what it is right now. There is something quite freeing about not knowing where each choice might take you. This is also present when it comes to making work if it can be planned, conceptualised and then carried out there is a much larger chance of creating something derivative. This is also where collaboration becomes a key point within photography. Collaboration is one way of creating the unexpected. I think it’s healthy for the often-solo photographer to let go of the self and allow others to come in and provide vital new influences and reinvigorate the work, a great example of this is working with a printer.

Ideally, if I can continue to explore the themes that interest me, make work from them, and then produce that work into prints or books then I think will be happy with my lot.

 

Images © Jamie E. Murray/’A Folly of Our Own’ Series

1st Image: Winner image – Soul, 2018

This Autumn brings us the second edition of the New East Photo Prize, an initiative championing contemporary perspectives on the people and countries of the New East (Eastern Europe, the Balkans, Russia and Central Asia) and welcoming the work of professional and non-professional photographers alike through the Calvert 22 Foundation. Metro Imaging are thrilled to be collaborating again with Calvert 22, providing printing and mounting for the exhibition. The NEPP is supported by The Calvert Journal, with an esteemed judging panel including Deputy Head of Photography at The Guardian Joanna Ruck, Creative Director of Calvert 22 Foundation Ekow Eshun, leading documentary photographer and educator Tomasz Kulbowski, and Metro Imaging’s own Steve Macleod.

Having received over 600 entries this year from 26 New East Countries, the biennial NEPP is a unique glimpse into the self-identity of an underrepresented region and the lives of its people, with a diverse range of works reflecting a spectrum of approaches and topics. This year’s shortlist includes 16 photographers and collectives from Latvia, Romania, Ukraine, Poland, Hungary, Russia, Croatia, Slovakia and Azerbaijan, who will be part of a dedicated group show at Calvert 22 Foundation, with the prize winners to be announced during the Private View and Awards Ceremony on Thursday 11 October.

Here at Metro, we have had the pleasure of producing the exhibition, which will include a mixture of Matt and Gloss C-type Prints mounted to Dibond. And not only that, we will also be awarding one of the finalists a full Mentorship Award, tailor-made for the artist over a period of 12 months and including £1000 worth of production credit.

The finalists participating in the exhibition are:

Antal Bánhegyesy
Vika Eksta
Daria Garni
Ilkin Huseynov
Join the Cool
Karol Pałka
Lucia Sekerková
Michał Sierakowski
Michal Solarski
Alnis Stakle
Lana Stojićević
Elena Subach & Viacheslav Poliakov
Fyodor Telkov
Peter Trembeczki
Adam Wilkoszarski
Bolgárka Éva Zellei

 

Read the full press release here.

Exhibition Dates: 12 October – 1 December 2018
12pm – 6pm Wednesday – Sunday
Free entry

Private View: Thursday 11 October, 6pm – 9pm, RSVP here

New East Photo Weekend: 12 – 13 October 2018

22 Calvert Avenue, London E2 7JP

 

  • IMAGES ©
  • Lana Stojićević – from Sunny Side

Continuing its long-standing partnership and support of Brighton Photo Fringe, Metro Imaging is delighted to be the official print sponsor again for this year’s citywide celebration of photography, delivering the highest quality exhibitions in an innovative and exciting way. It really is an honour to be the official partner of an organisation that supports emerging photographers and lens-­based artists, showcasing new talent and allowing all kinds of people to enjoy and experiment with photography.

The festival takes place throughout the month of October, and its 8th edition takes inspiration from Marvin Heiferman’s 2012 book and project for the Smithsonian Photography Initiative: click! photography changes everythingBPF18 explores how photography influences how we see and understand the world around us, hence by showcasing a vast range of photography the organisation aims to engage the community in debate about how we might harness photography to create a better world.

As main partners of Brighton Photo Fringe, every two years Metro awards BPF £10,000 credit to produce a series of exhibitions and all signage for the event. This includes the Open Solo Exhibition at ONCA with an installation by Sarah Howe; OPEN18 Young Photographers; and the Danny Wilson Memorial Award, with a premier portfolio prize with folio review and judging panel support.

 

Key Festival Events include:

29th September – Launch Events from 5pm.
30th September – Talk by Sarah Howe, OPEN18 Winner.
20th – 21st October – Photo Publishers Market.
27th October – Panel Discussion and International Festival Showcase, ACCA Various dates – Talks, Workshops, Guided Tours.

For the full programme, click here.

 

IMAGES ©

  1. Sarah Howe, from the series Consider Falling

Every year, 75,000 people descend on an alkaline lake bed in Nevada, USA, for the Burning Man Festival, a highly influential festival and haven for enquiring minds.

Philip Volkers has spent the last decade documenting his experience of the spiritual and hedonistic gatherings as the festival’s official photographer. His works have culminated in the creation of a new book Dust to Dawn, as well as an exhibition of the same name to be held at the Bermondsey Project Space celebrating its launch. The exhibition will then tour, moving to Lucy Bell Gallery throughout October.

From vast and hazy desert landscapes to surreal sculptures, Dust to Dawn encompasses the full Burning Man experience. Here at Metro Imaging, we’ve had the pleasure of working closely with Philip to produce Bespoke C-type PrintsReverse-Perspex Mounted in Keyline Frames for the exhibition, which launches on the 11th of September.

‘I have always had a fascination with human gatherings and what first attracted me to Burning Man was that it is one of the only places on Earth that transgresses commodification; a place where people from across the glove are stripped of social crutches such as mobile phones and gather to push themselves to the limits of survival and expression.

Burning Man is a completely unique opportunity to see amazing art combined with cutting edge technology. Dust to Dawn celebrates iconic Burning Man artists and designers such as Alex Wreckage and his ‘Lost Tea Party’ and Marco Cochrane.

Having been part of Burning Man for 10 years, I have seen it evolve into the global phenomenon that it is today but at its core the fundamentals of what Burning Man stands for remain the same, and ‘Dust to Dawn’ and the exhibition is my way of celebrating Burning Man and revealing a little of the magic that lies under its surface.’

– Philip Volkers

Dust to Dawn is definitely not one to miss, see below for the full details to add to your diary.

 

Bermondsey Project Space
11th September – 15th September 2018

183-185 Bermondsey Street, London SE1 3UW
Opening times: Tuesday – Saturday 11am-6pm

Lucy Bell Gallery
20th September – 20th October 201
8
46 Norman Road, St Leonard’s on Sea, TN38 0EJ
Opening times: Tuesday – Saturday 11am-4pm & Sunday 1pm-4pm

You can also buy the book here.

Launching this September, we are thrilled to announce our in-house solo show: Marc Vallée: London & Paris 2011-2018.

Marc Vallée (b.1968) is a London-based documentary photographer whose work focuses on contemporary youth culture within the context of the neoliberal city. Marc’s work has been published and exhibited worldwide, while Tate Britain, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), the Museum of London and the Martin Parr Collection all hold his zines and photobooks in their collections. The Museum of London also purchased a selection of Marc’s prints, which are currently on show as part of the London Nights exhibition.

At Metro we’ve worked closely with Marc over the last few years, with London & Paris 2011-2018 culminating throughout the last few months, bringing together his vast anthology of work. Images from projects such Writers, Number Six, Vandals and the City, The Graffiti Trucks of Paris and The Graffiti Trucks of London will be shown collectively for the first time.

Curated by Director Steve Macleod, the exhibition is to be held within Metro Imaging’s Front of House, running from September 14th until December 21st, with the Private View being held Wednesday September 12th and will include B&W Digital Fibre-based Prints inBespoke FramesDirect to Media Printing on Brushed Dibond & Adhesive Vinyl

Make sure to drop by the lab or attend the Private View to see the collection of amazing work on show!

 

Private View: 18:30-20:30, Wednesday 12 September 2018

Exhibition Dates: Friday 14 September – Friday 21 December 2018

Opening Hours: Monday-Friday 08:30-18:30, free entry

RSVP here

 

IMAGES ©  Marc Vallée
1. Exhibition Artwork feat. Vandals and the City #5

Metro Imaging is collaborating with Lenscloud, a Fine Art Photography platform that aims to democratise art investment for emerging and established collectors, creating useful content in Fine Art Printing and trends in the market.

Lenscloud wants to help fine-art photography enthusiasts build: a timeless, ever-growing, personal collection fuelled by a user’s own rapidly expanding awareness into the practices for smart and savvy art investing as well as a refinement of their own tastes and profile as a collector.

The functional platform realises the three goals of learning, collecting and investing through its gallery feature, info-based sections, and facilitating art purchases through e-commerce. This allows fine-art enthusiasts to view and create collections, build knowledge and expertise in the fine art photography scene and purchase directly on the platform.

As a self-styled ‘source’ for art discovery and investing, Lenscloud works directly with artists, archives and foundations, which gives users the assurance that pieces they purchase have a guarantee of authenticity.

For now, in a world of digital reproduction and unverified opinions, this bid to authenticity is at the ‘heart’ of art. Says the brains behind Lenscloud, founder Laurent Cottier, a personal collection − from the choice of pieces to the very placement of them − is as unique to the collector as a thumbprint, expressing their own eye for design, movement, spatial flow and, most of all, meaning.

For art to make meaning and impact a physical space in the digital age, Cottier is re-imagining the structure of online galleries and the function of e-commerce. Lenscloud offers users a one-stop hub for art.

Interested collectors can easily sign-up and create an account to begin browsing and engaging with Lenscloud’s active community of like-minded investors, collectors and, above all, lovers of art.

Enter Lenscloud, a just-launched digital home for art, where emerging and established artists come together with budding culture-lovers, burgeoning collectors and would-be investors in fine-art photography.

 

Website: lenscloud.net

Facebook: @Lenscloud.net

Instagram: @Lenscloud_net

It has been a long and difficult process for our judges to pick the finalists for our Metro Student Competition, due to such a high standard of work submitted. Thank you for all who took part and to our judges: Steve MacleodCarole Evans & Owen Harvey!

We are pleased to announce that the following artists have been chosen to exhibit in our Front of House in September:

 

The exhibition will run from Monday 3rd to Friday 7th September at Metro Imaging Front of House, with the Private View and Award Ceremony taking place on Wednesday 5th September 18:30 – 20:30. On the evening of the 5th, the prizes will be announced:

FIRST PRIZE AND OVERALL WINNER: will win a 12 month, individually tailored Mentorship at Metro Imaging & £1000 production credit to spend on Bespoke Services.

SIX SHORTLISTED WINNERS: will receive a £50 Metro Imaging Gift Voucher.

One shortlist winner will also be awarded an HONOURABLE MENTION, winning £50 worth of B&W film.

Lastly, we are excited to announce that you can be involved with our final prize, THE PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD! You can now vote and support your favourite shortlisted THRESHOLD entry.

The People’s Choice will be awarded:

  • x1 Bespoke Printing session with an expert technician
  • x10 16×12” Bespoke Digital C-type Prints worth £370.00
  • x1 One-to-one session to discuss career development and provide the best advice going forward with their portfolio

 

To view each individual shortlist entry and place your vote, follow this link: https://metroimaging.co.uk/peoples-choice-awards/

Voting closes Midnight 2nd September and good luck from the Metro Team!

RSVP to the Private View here.

Metro Imaging are proud to be partnering with SATORI to offer visual artists the chance to win a tailored Mentorship Award, which will support them with professional development, career direction, and industry insight.

SATORI is a creative forum to share work, thoughts, feelings, inspirations, fears, opinions and more.

Each issue begins with a simple theme and a short piece of text; together they serve as an open brief to a diverse group of contributors from a variety of different backgrounds.

SATORI next issue, issue three –The Issue of ‘Aesthetics’ (a set of principles concerned with the nature and appreciation of beauty), is inspired by a quote from the late Irish poet, author, philosopher and priest John O’Donohue — “Beauty is the illumination of your soul.” This issue will feature over 100 pages of original content from acclaimed writers including Alison Bean, Rebecca Pearson, Pico Iyer, BJ Miller, and Ken Hollings and an amazing selection of art and photography from Sam Copeland, Chiara Zonca, Alberrán Cabrera, and Evan D’Arpino to name but a few.

The launch event for Issue three of SATORI will take place the Thursday 9th August 6 to 8 pm at The Photographers Gallery 16 – 18 Ramillies Street, London W1F.

Free limited edition print courtesy of Metro Imaging will be given away with the first 50 copies sold, as part of the new partnering, and the Metro x SATORI Mentorship Award will be officially announced.

 

To find out more about Metro Imaging x SATORI Mentorship Award, please visit metroimaging.co.uk/satori

 

Image ©: SATORI Issue 3 – Cover image by Sam Copeland

Sidewalk Photos, a street photography Pop-Up, will be showcasing a curated body of work from 12 highly acclaimed and recognised street photographers at 3 Street Gallery.

Consisting of 60 prints, the featured artists are Brandon Wong, Craig Whitehead, Ed Robertson, Harry W. Edmonds, Joshua K. Jackson, Mavis CW, Mo Barzegar, Sean Tucker, Sean Welch, Stuart Paton, Toby Ziff, Valerie Six.

Metro has worked closely with all artists, and organisers Joshua K. Jackson & Mavis CW, to produce their collection exhibition on Fuji digital c-type matt papers and finished in classic contemporary black wooden frames.’

The work has been commissioned by a corporate client of Sidewalk Photos, with the images being installed after the Pop-Up as a permanent office art project for their Carnaby Street headquarters.

The Pop-Up aims to promote street photography as its main objective, providing exposure for the featured artists and giving members of the public the rare opportunity to see a highly curated body of work from some of the most popular street photographers on social media today.

W H A T

A Street Photography pop-up exhibition

W H E R E

3 Carnaby Street , London W1F 9PB

W H E N

18 – 25 July, 10am – 7pm

The Copenhagen-based collective Sara, Peter & Tobias, winners of the International Photography Award 2018, will be showing their award-winner series The Merge, at the British Journal of Photographys’ International Photography Award  (BJP IPA) 2018 exhibition, opening with the PV on Thursday 12th July 2018 at TJ Boulting.

Metro Imaging was delighted to once again work with the BJP and TJ Boutling, sponsoring the exhibition with the full production of all C-type prints and bespoke frames for the show.

The Merge explores and visually interprets the possibility that our reality does not exist as we believe it to, but that instead, we live in a simulation. Could it be that our world is just a construct – a created illusion?

The Merge visually entertains the simulation theory. It artistically investigates what consequences supercomputers, artificial intelligence and robots have on our future society. By looking at interactions between man and machine it explores how this accelerated digitized paradigm will affect our emotional, social and moral norms.

The project employs an array of photographic tools to document human existence as we move rapidly towards a point in history where physical and digital worlds will become so intertwined, that it will be impossible to distinguish between the two. The time is now for documenting how the revolution of artificial intelligence and robotics is rapidly changing our world, real or not.

The Merge aims to debate the subject’s complexity and the images balance between realism and imagination, leaving space for multiple interpretations and engaging a dialogue with the audience about the landscape of our future: If life is a simulation, where should we look to understand the world we live in?

 

Private View: Thursday 12th July 2018, 6.30 – 8.30pm

Exhibition continues: 13th July – 11th August

TJ Boulting Gallery

59 RIDING HOUSE STREET
LONDON W1W 7EG

Create your printed portrait at our usual prices and we will provide packaging, labelling and delivery to ensure a smooth Round II application process and peace of mind.  See our full info below…

BESPOKE PRINTING OFFER

Come in to our Central London lab with your file and you can spend 15 minutes with one of our expert technicians. We’ll tweak your image until you’re perfectly happy, and print the file to your required size. Alternatively send your file remotely and we’ll ensure to print them optimally

Choose either Digital C-type, Fine Art Giclée or Genuine Black & White prints and we will carefully set it in a protective sleeve, label it for you and deliver it to the address specified for entries.

BESPOKE PREMIER / STANDARD PRINTS: These include Digital C-type, Giclée, Black & White. Prints “must be no larger than 1015 x 760mm and 20 kilos in weight (there are no limitations on how small a work can be).The image may be smaller than the paper size.” (See all Taylor Wessing Photography Portrait Prize 2018 T&C’s HERE).

FILE DEADLINE: last day and time of print operator appointments or to send files will be Tuesday 10th July 2018 12pm

ORDERING: For ordering via contact our production team here by to call us on 020 7865 0000 or email enquiries@metroimaging.co.uk.

DELIVERY: We will then Sleeve, label and deliver directly to the London judging venue for July 13th for an added £10 +VAT

BESPOKE PRINTING: More info on Bespoke (Premier and Standard) Service can be found here

TURNAROUND TIMES: Please be aware of ALL our turnaround timesbefore placing your order on either the Bespoke or Self-Service options.

LABEL: Please make sure all your label information is correct to ensure a smooth Round 2 application process.

RETURN PRINTS: We cannot return any prints to you after they have been submitted for entry. Please contact NPG directly for more info on collecting your work.

How will women be remembered over the past 100 years? What have they achieved in the fields of Sport, Science, Politics, the Arts and Education? Who were these women and what did they look like?

Renowned photographer Anita Corbin aims to answer these questions with her symbolic project ‘First Women‘, exhibiting at Royal College of Art this summer.

This considerable body of work comprises a unique collection of 100 portraits capturing women in the UK who were “first” in their field of achievement. The portraits by Anita provide inspiration and insight for a new generation of women seeking an understanding of their own roles in a rapidly changing world in which equality is still an issue. The full collection is finally being revealed this year to mark 100 years of women’s suffrage.

After working with Metro on her 2016 exhibition Visible Girls, Anita was keen to seek advice on the First Women project from Metro’s Director Steve Macleod and Marketing Manager, Kate O’Neill.  Anita comments “Their (Metro’s) dedicated team of experts have a huge range of industry experience and they clearly love what they do, which is why the quality is so good – I can totally rely on them”.

“From our first project with Anita working on Visible Girls to this landmark body of ‘100 First Women’, our partnership has progressed and grown into a collaboration beyond what we could have ever hoped for. We look forward to creating many more projects with Anita and adding to the Metro Imaging legacy of high quality and close collaboration with our clients.” – Kate O’Neill says of the ongoing partnership with Anita and First Women.

Steve Macleod adds  “This project embodies Anita’s huge dedication and determination to her craft in collating these portraits which are emblematic of the commitment to her practise or process.”

Working closely with Anita over the last year, our experienced technicians have helped to produce this landmark exhibition via archival digital c-type matt prints, custom mounting and bespoke framing.

First Women, The Collection, is about women’s achievements, and one woman’s exploration through the camera lens that endeavours to answer the question: How will women be remembered over the past 100 years? What have they achieved in the fields of Sport, Science, Politics, the Arts and Education? And who were these remarkable “first” women, what did they look like?

The portraits are multi-tiered; they are an exploration of the relationship between the photographer and the sitter as well as the relationship the woman has with the environment or background in which she is photographed. Each has been carefully chosen by Anita and her subject to reflect the field of achievement in which the woman has excelled.

First Women is the project that Anita has waited all her life to create. Her passion was born out of work she began in the early eighties – her Visible Girls portfolio was symbolic of women’s newfound freedom to be whoever they wanted to be – and fired by years spent working as a top female photographer for The Sunday Times and The Observer when she was often sent to cover “human interest” stories involving women.

All this experience has culminated in Anita’s vision – the creation of a legacy for future generations of women to enable them to understand and appreciate the achievements of their forebears – and perhaps even to laugh incredulously that once upon a time women were regarded as second-class citizens without a vote.

 

The exhibition launches this July at the Royal College of Art (info below) and you can get involved and support this remarkable project here!

 

 

The exhibition of the full 100 portraits shows at the Dyson Gallery, Royal College of Art, Riverside, 1 Hester Road London SW11 4AN 20th July until 22nd August.

Every day of the week 12-5pm. Free Entry.

Come down to explore our South London workshop, and join us for a framing and curating coffee morning. Meet the experts behind every piece we create and discover cost-effective and archival solutions for finishing, preserving and installing artworks.

We will also be joined by our industry partners, TAGSMART – the pioneers in digital tagging, authentication and certification services in the Fine Art Market.

Through live demonstrations, gain tips on curating and exhibiting over coffee and refreshments. Plus, get a chance to win a £250 voucher for our Mounting and Framing services.

We’re looking forward to your visit!

Event Details:

Tuesday 3rd July
11 am – 1 pm

Metro Framing HQ
106 Tinworth Street
Vauxhall, London
SE11 5EQ

To join us, RSVP here

Join us on Wednesday June 20th for an afternoon of

Rediscovered Photographs at Calvert 22 Foundation.

 

WHAT?

Print swap, exhibition tour, and portfolio review with The Calvert Journal and Metro Imaging.

We’ll begin with a curator’s tour of the exhibition Family Values: Polish Photography Now, the first major exhibition dedicated to Polish photography in the UK, which amplifies themes of identity, home and family in the context of social and political change.

The tour will be followed by a print swap introduced by Professor Steve Macleod, Director of Metro Imaging. The print swap’s theme is “Rediscovered Photographs”, inspired by the work of the photographers in the Family Values exhibition.

A group career review session with Professor Steve Macleod and Kate O’Neill, Marketing and Partnerships Manager at Metro Imaging, will follow.

Finally, you’ll have the chance to participate in one-on-one portfolio review sessions with editors of The Calvert Journal.

WHEN?

2pm – 5pm Wednesday 20th June 2018.

WHERE?

Calvert 22 Foundation, 22 Calvert Avenue, London E2 7JP

REQUIREMENTS?

Attendees must book a space and bring along one of their own photographic prints that fits the theme “Rediscovered Photographs”. It can be an image from their own personal archive of work; one that never made the final cut for a series or project; one that had been forgotten about; a mistake (happy or otherwise) that was kept regardless; or a photograph that otherwise fits the theme. Your photo can be as large or as small as you like, but we recommend prints around 10″ x 8″ or 10″ x 12″ in size.

Your photo can bring an already existing print, or you can order one via Metro Imaging Self-Service and receive 20% off any paper and print size. A discount code will be provided to you once you book your place. You can order your prints here.

BOOKING?

Entry is free but there are a limited number of spaces, so be sure to book your place here!

Getty Images Gallery announces Beat Positive, a new exhibition which will bring to life the dawn of hip-hop culture in a series of vibrant photographs available as fine art prints. The exhibition showcases iconic images from British photographers Janette Beckman and David Corio alongside never before seen material from the Michael OchsRight On! and Redferns archives.

Now one of the biggest selling musical genres globally, hip-hop began with a much simpler goal: to get people moving. On the evening of August 11, 1973, Clive Campbell, better known as DJ Kool Herc, set up two turntables in the recreation room at 1520 Sedgewick Ave in the Bronx in order to entertain the crowd gathered for his sister Cindy’s birthday party. In a completely new technique he called the Merry Go-Round, Herc extended short drum breaks, now known as breakbeats, using two copies of the same records. The crowd went wild, the party went late, and though no one at the time was aware, a new genre was born.

Londoners Janette Beckman and David Corio first discovered hip-hop in 1982 while on assignment for music magazines such as NME, Melody Maker, and The Face. Their portraits of Run DMC, Slick Rick, Salt ‘n’ Pepa, Whodini, Grandmaster Flash, LL Cool J, Queen Latifah and the Beastie Boys, along with many others, are considered classics of the genre. Their work has been shown internationally at museums and galleries such as the Victoria and Albert Museum, The Museum of the City of New York and Powerhouse Gallery.

Using the four main elements of hip-hop – turntablism, MC’ing, graffiti writing, and breakdancing – as a jumping off point, Getty Images Gallery curator Shawn Waldron worked with the two photographers to create a unique offering of limited edition prints. The show also features never-before-seen historic photographs sourced from Getty Images’ extensive archive, including images of a young LL Cool J, a triptych of The Fat Boys filming their ‘Jail House Rap’ video and the 1984 Hip Hop Jam at London’s Southbank, taken from the Michael Ochs, Right On! and Redferns archives respectively.

Working closely with the Getty Images Gallery team, Metro produced both digital black & white fibre prints along with digital c-type matt prints for this new exhibition of vintage work, which is on show now until 4th August 2018.

Images from the exhibition are available for purchase as prints, starting at £75, with global delivery options. The Getty Images Gallery will also be producing a 1980s style fanzine also called Beat Positive that will be available for purchase exclusively through the Gallery.

IMG ©  
1- Photo of Flavor FLAV and Chuck D and PUBLIC ENEMY February 1987 Photo by David Corio/Redferns
2 – Stetsasonic – The group Stetsasonic poses on a Brooklyn, New York sidewalk, 1988 Photo by Janette Beckman/Getty Images
3 – Photo of HIP-HOP and HIP HOP STYLE and SHOES and RUN DMC at Hammersmith Odeon London 13 September 1986 Photo by David Corio/Redferns

This month sees ‘Tish Murtha: Works 1976 – 1991’ exhibited at The Photographers’ Gallery, London. This unique exhibition, which charts the remarkable accomplishments of documentary photographer Tish Murtha, also offers a tender and frank perspective on a historic moment of social deprivation and instability in Britain.

In 1976, aged 20, Tish Murtha left Newcastle upon Tyne to study at the influential School of Documentary Photography at Newport College of Art under the guidance of Magnum photographer David Hurn. The earliest series in this show, Newport Pub, dates from this period – where Murtha photographed the realities of everyday life for the regulars of a typical public house, ‘The New Found Out’ in a deprived area.

Murtha felt a genuine sense of obligation to the communities of her home in the North East and had chosen a course of study which would make her a more effective photographer, one who could highlight the social disadvantages that she herself had suffered.

To honour Murtha’s ethos the exhibition, co-curated by Val Williams and Gordon MacDonald, with Karen McQuaid, surveys six major bodies of work; Newport Pub (1976/78); Elswick Kids (1978); Juvenile Jazz Bands (1979); Youth Unemployment (1980); London by Night (1983) and Elswick Revisited (1987 – 1991) using both vintage and contemporary prints. In addition, the exhibition will also include personal letters and ephemeral material from the Tish Murtha Archive.

Metro Imaging have had the privilege of working with Tish’s daughter Ella Murtha over the past year, initially digitising part of the archive and then printing for this retrospective show. Ella chose silver gelatin black and white fibre prints to emulate and reference her mother’s way of working.

‘Tish Murtha: Works 1976 – 1991’ will open at The Photographers’ Gallery on June 15th alongside Alex Prager: Silver Lake Drive, a mid-career survey of American photographer and filmmaker, Alex Prager.

 

IMAGES © Tish Murtha Archive, with thanks to Ella Murtha

“Hospital Rooms aims to disrupt the barriers that limit access to art and culture for people using secure and locked mental health services.”

We catch-up up with founders of Hospital Rooms, Niamh White and Tim Shaw, and discuss their mission to give meaning to visual art in care units.

Can you tell us why you founded Hospital rooms and how it all came about?

We founded Hospital Rooms after a close friend was sectioned under the mental health act and when we visited her, the unit was bleak and clinical. It was not at all conducive to recovery or rejuvenation and we were shocked that this was where she was at a time when she was so vulnerable. Our background is in the arts (Timis an artist and Niamh is a curator). Together we thought that we could change these spaces by bringing artists into them. We’ve learned a lot over the last 2 years and we’ve now developed a really meaningful co-production process where fantastic world class artists work in close collaboration with patients and clinical teams to reimagine what a mental health unit could be. We’re also delivering arts workshops in the units to make creative activity more available to patients. Some people are aspiring artists with abundant talents, some are encountering art for the first time and exploring what it can mean for them. We aim to not only improve the environment, but to disrupt the barriers that people face in accessing art and culture and in doing so bring about a sense of social connectedness and inclusion for some of our most vulnerable.

We think that our latest project at Eileen Skellern 1 Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) for women at Maudsley Hospital, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust demonstrated the gold standard of multi disciplinary collaboration from our team, the clinical staff, the artists and our partners. In PICU, the environment is intensively managed to keep patients safe and aid recovery.

We were offered the necessary support to not let that compromise the ambitiousness of an artists vision or scale of work. The staff provided all the correct conditions to support patient engagement and were adventurous in the measures they were willing to take to facilitate artists, whether that meant making extra staff available or leaders encouraging their teams and giving advice.

 

How do artists get involved and work with Hospital Rooms?

We think very carefully about the artists that we invite to participate in Hospital Rooms projects. In the first instance they must have a level of professional expertise that equips them to deal with all of the regulations and restrictions we face in meeting NHS compliancy around robustness, infection control and ligature risk – this includes not having any framing, glazing, screws, free standing items or canvas. In addition, we need them to have a collaborative aspect to their practice so that they are able to engage with the communities we work with, listen to them, lead sessions with them and interpret their thoughts and ideas in imaginative ways. We also try to reflect the groups we work with for example, if it’s a women’s ward, we may think is it important to work with majority women artists. In addition, we are keen to work with artists who have used the mental health system or have a connection to it. It is important that that some of the artists are able to draw on personal experience when creating their work.

We are approached regularly by artists who would like to work with us and we’re always thrilled to hear from people. At present, our projects take place relatively slowly and so we only commission a certain number per year. As we grow, that will change!

 

How do you measure the impact Hospital Rooms has on the institutions and organisations you work with?

We have a range of methods to measure the impact of our work and we’re constantly working on improving them. We monitor people’s experiences before, during and after a project takes place. This is usually with the support of the clinical teams we work with. We’ve also ventured into creative means of evaluating our work. We’ve lead collage workshops with images of the ward environment,  artworks and text and asked patients to reflect on their experience through a piece of their own work. We’ve also used creative methods with staff such as a ‘Visual Matrix’, which aids conversation and brings about some rich reflections on the project.

 

You’ve been working closely with the Metro Imaging team for some of the installations and exhibitions, how do you find the production process and are the environments you work in challenging for installing artworks?

The environments we are working in are some of the most challenging clinical spaces. It took us 18 months to convince the first hospital to work with us because the general belief was that it just couldn’t be done. From the very beginning, Metro has worked with offered us amazing support in achieving both museum quality prints that are also suitable for these spaces, being wipe clean, scratch proof and do not need glazing or framing. Many of our other artists have worked in close collaboration with Steve and Simon to meet those goals and we were thrilled with the results they achieved. This was particularly relevant for the work of Anish Kapoor and Tamsin Relly, where all parties undertook numerous tests as they were not willing to compromise on quality for this community. Steve Macleod (Metro Imaging Director) was one of the artists on our first project, and he created a series of beautiful landscapes that were printed on dibond and vinyl. It’s inspirational.

 

What is the next project for you?

We have just met our funding target for a new project at a locked male rehabilitation ward in London.

We’ve recently received a great deal of press coverage, including a feature on Channel 4 News, and in response we’ve been inundated with requests from mental health units who wish to work with us. We are upping our game and working on increasing our impact and reach!

 

Are the artworks from Hospital Rooms projects available to purchase?

Ordinarily the artworks created for Hospital Rooms are specifically made for the units we work in and are not available to purchase. However, we have just released our very first limited edition print by Tamsin Relly, that was printed by Metro. It is a beautifully luscious scene of green forest with vibrant pink flowers, and proceeds from the sale go towards our most urgent upcoming work. These are available to buy through the Hospital Rooms website: www.hospital-rooms.com

 

How else can people support Hospital Rooms?

The key way that people can support Hospital Rooms is through fundraising. The need for our work is so apparent and our projects reach some of the most vulnerable members of our society. From partnerships with businesses, personal fundraising events, regular donors or sponsored activities, every penny helps us to continue our work to bring brilliant art to those who face the biggest barriers to access it.

 

Hospital Rooms are in residency on our Instagram gallery all this week (29th May – 3rd June), follow us to see more from this incredible organisation and their wonderful artists.

IMG © Hospital Rooms  / Projects

Overhaul brings together artists Rhiannon Adam, Natasha Caruana, and Laura Pannack to transform a derelict terraced house in Peckham. Metro Imaging are pleased to work with both Rhiannon Adam and Laura Pannack, producing 11 Duratran prints for the show; this collaborative project is exhibiting all new and unseen work at Safehouse 1, as part of Peckham 24, 2018.

The exhibition explores the collision of collaboration, science, and research led enquiries drawing from The Peckham Experiment (1926-1950); a revolutionary initiative set-up to study rising concerns over health and well-being. The initiative worked with 950 local families living within one mile of the experiment’s base, the Pioneer Health Centre, St Mary’s Road, Peckham.

Working together, Laura Pannack and Rhiannon Adam open their sketchbook to share their process, using experimental analogue processes to assess how we diagnose and define health. As part of the Peckham Experiment, member families would subject themselves to an annual health overhaul, in which biological samples would be collected alongside psychological assessments. Pannack and Adam have recruited families living within the Experiment’s boundaries to take part in the project, inviting them to contribute their image and samples. The analogue film has then been immersed in the samples prior to development, creating a unique and unpredictable biological imprint of each participant. The project explores the notion of portraiture – capturing an essence of the unseen, playfully suggesting ways in which the image can contribute to self-discovery. Their findings discuss the never-ending search for absolute health.

Also featured is the work of Natasa Caruana, plus a series of images created during a one-day group assignment with recruited participants from the photography community.

 

Opening Party and Special Events as part of Peckham 24 Festival: 

Friday 6pm – 11pm
Saturday 10am – 7pm
Sunday 10am – 6pm

Safehouse 1, 139 Copeland Road, London, SE15 3SN

“Within the vast disaster area, the boundaries between the city and nature had been shattered right in front of my eyes. I was forced to think about the inevitable limitations of photography and how impossible it is to record all of actual reality” – Taisuke Koyama

Metro are excited to be working with Seen Fifteen for Taisuke Koyama solo exhibition, SENSOR CODE  which opens as part of Peckham 24 Festival on Friday 18th May 2018. Working closely with the gallery, our team produced a set of bespoke frames for this unique body of work.

For this new exhibition, Koyama will present abstract photographic works from four recent projects, which employ experimental strategies using digital sensors. The reactions of light onto the sensors in digital cameras and scanners resolve into unique colours and patterns, which in turn create Koyama’s own visual language. Releasing abstract photography from its heritage in materiality is an ongoing area of interest for the artist. So too is a paradoxical desire to design installations that become a physical experience.

The works at Seen Fifteen will be presented as large inkjet prints, suspended from the ceiling in a maze of sculptural images for the viewer to journey around. In our contemporary world, where we are completely saturated by a never-ending stream of digitally transmitted images, the artist’s intention within the gallery space is to invoke a contradictory sensation. By dominating the room with large-scale prints he aims to force us to feel the images as well as look at them.

Opening Party and Special Events as part of Peckham 24 Festival: Friday 18 May 2018, 6pm-2am Seen Fifteen, B Stairs, The Bussey Building, 133 Copeland Road, London SE15 3SN

IMG © Taisuke Koyama

Metro is delighted to be collaborating with Michael Hoppen Gallery to produce bespoke framing and mounting for Tim Walker’s ‘The Gully Queens‘ to be shown at Photo London 2018.

The Gully Queens Jamaica, 2018 – is an exclusive limited edition of 30 signed prints with all proceeds (100%) donated to the Gully Queens Charity

“I found the notion of an aggression towards homosexuality in Jamaica sad and regressive. To me, the Gully Queens are emblematic of this injustice which is what led me to photograph them.” – Tim Walker says of this particular work.

Pop by the Michael Hoppen Gallery Stand C1 at Photo London fair to see this beautiful piece on show and chat with their wonderful team.

IMG © Tim Walker

The Gully Queens:

Health, Safety and Housing concerns continue to go unaddressed for a subset of the Homeless & Displaced LGBT persons who reside across Jamaica. Many have resided in the storm drains of the business district known as New Kingston have also repeatedly been displaced by the police and city council. They continue to be engaged in sex work as a means of survival which increases their health risk as higher paying clients often demand unprotected sex. There is also an increase in the use of alcohol and illicit drugs (shown by 85% of respondents who use alcohol and illicit drugs to suppress their depression) which can be sources of vulnerability. 99% of the clientele have indicated that their drug and alcohol use significantly affects their practice of safe sex.

The Gully Queens have both physical and mental scars as evidence of trying to survive on Jamaica’s volatile streets. Because they do not conform to gender norms, they have been disowned by family, threatened, stoned, attacked, and even shot. They are repeatedly evicted from spaces where they have sought refuge, and arsonists often set fire to their belongings. They are nomadic, and have in some cases have developed dysfunctional behavior as means of survival, disrupting the broader communities where they live. The majority express the desire for stability, and the need to see hope for the future.

Since 2015, the Gully Queens Charity has been able to secure a series of small grants that have allowed short-term/ emergency interventions by taking many of the homeless LGBT community off the streets. Larry Chang Foundation’s program is designed to reduce premature death and restore hope within our clientele by providing:

– Shelter; providing safe shelter in various models (group housing or independent living)

– Improve Health Outcomes; individualised care plans, meals that support diet plans & access to and retention in discrimination free healthcare

– Psychosocial support & Life Skills Training; Provide access to counselling sessions (group and one-on-one) based on care plans as well as Empowerment sessions utilising ‘you empowerment GPA’ model

– Improve Employability; remedial educational programmes, employability workshops, and readiness seminars & documentation such identification, TRN etc

A new major exhibition London Nights opens at the Museum of London this month, in which the diversity of the city of London after dark is explored, through both contemporary and historic imagery, ranging from the late 19th century to the present day.

Split into three sections the exhibition focuses on London Illuminated, which showcases the variety of ways in which photographers have been inspired by and captured the aesthetic of the city at night, depicting London illuminated by limited natural and artificial light in contrast to the familiar daytime.

Dark Matters explores the mysterious, unknown and potentially uncomfortable – the darker side of the city. In this section, visitors will be immersed in imagery relating to night-walking, the blackout of the Blitz, isolation, threat, and vulnerability.

The final section Switch On…Switch Off…focuses on Londoners at work, rest and play in the city after dark. From the familiar commute home, the quick change of pace as office workers head out for the night or as workers commence their night shift

The diverse exhibition features immersive film plus over 200 images from more than 50 artists, including lesser known and emerging photographers to the more established and recognised Bill BrandtAlvin Langdon Coburn and Rut Blees Luxemburg.

Metro is delighted to have been involved, producing C-type and Black & White fibre prints and scanning images for photographers who have work featured in the exhibition: Will Eckersley’s 2011 series ‘Dark City’, images from the late Tish Murtha’s 1983 project, ‘London By Night’ and Marc Vallée’s 2016 project, ‘Vandals in the City’.

There will also be a range of programmed events happening at the museum in relation to the exhibition including evening, weekday and weekend workshops and events. Further information can be found here.

 

Museum of London, 150 London Wall, London EC2Y 5HN

Exhibition dates: 11th May – 11th November 2018

Opening times: 10:00am – 6:00pm (galleries close at 5.40pm)

Admission starts at £10.  Book here.

 

Image 1 © Marc Vallée

Iconic Images will exhibit its full roster of world-renowned photographers at Photo London, showcasing images that have never been exhibited before, including vintage works by pioneering British photographers Terry O’Neill and Norman Parkinson. O’Neill chronicled the rise of youth culture in the 60s, charting emerging rock and roll bands before working with the biggest names in and cinema, from the 60s to present day.

Metro has been privileged to work with Iconic on both over the years, producing a range of fine art gicléedigital c-types and true black and white prints for a variety of exhibitions and collections.

Don’t miss these rare and vintage photographs at G22 and F14 at Photo London at Somerset House from May 17th – 20th.

Other iconic works featured include Douglas Kirkland, Milton Greene, Markus Klinko, Jerry Schatzberg, John Swannell, Terence Donovan, Gered Mankowitz and Norman Seeff.

IMG: Terry O’Neill signing large Fibre limited edition prints at Metro Imaging.

Next week Leica Studio Mayfair will host the book launch and corresponding exhibition for the poignant series Photographers Against Wildlife Crime. This collective body of work will feature a selection of fine art giclée prints produced with the team here Metro Imaging.

Founded by Britta Jaschinski and Keith Wilson, Photographers Against Wildlife Crime™ are an international group of award-winning photographers that have joined forces to use their powerful and iconic images to help bring an end to the illegal wildlife trade in our lifetime.

The exhibition is running from May 14 to June 7, at the Leica Studio Mayfair and will officially launch on the 18th of May, 2018.  For all further info and trailer to the series of work see:   www.photographersagainstwildlifecrime.com

Photographers Against Wildlife Crime™ are:

Adam Oswell • Adrian Steirn • Brent Stirton • Brian Skerry • Britta Jaschinski • Bruno D’Amicis • Charlie Hamilton James • Chris Packham • Daniel Beltra • Jim Brandenburg • Jo-Anne McArthur • Karl Ammann • Klaus Nigge • Michael ‘Nick’ Nichols • Neil Aldridge • Ole J Liodden • Olly & Suzi • Patrick Brown • Paul Hilton • Peter Chadwick • Steve Winter • Sudhir Shivaram • Tony Wu • Zheng Xiaoqun • Writer: Keith Wilson

IMG 1 © Adrian Steirn

This week the Chelsea based, contemporary art gallery Box Galleries are launching FAME – their exclusive collection of unseen photographs by Andy Gotts,  alongside a classic collection of icons by Terry O Neill and Douglas Kirkland.

Metro have been privileged to work with all three of these iconic photographers over the years, producing a range of fine art gicléedigital c-types and true black and white prints for a variety of exhibitions and collections.

Andy Gotts MBE MA is most noted for his black and white portraits of Hollywood actors and singers. Since 1990 Gotts’ work has been published internationally and has appeared in many magazines, including French Vogue, GQ and Vanity Fair.

The National Portrait Gallery holds a selection of his photographs in their permanent collection and in 2009 Gotts was honoured with the presentation of the Fox Talbot Award.

FAME will show at Box Galleries between 10-31st May 2018, with the private view held 6pm on Thursday 10th May.

IMG © ANDY GOTTS

With the countdown to Photo London 2018 in full swing, we look at some highlights and ‘must-sees’ at this year’s fair.

THE WORK

Hala -Steve Macleod, Black Box Projects

“The longer we stare at nothing, the more chance that something will appear to us, creating an unfathomable aura and thoughtful meaning.” – Steve Macleod says of new series Hala, a project inspired by photographs captured by British explorer Sir Wilfred Thesiger. This new body of work documents the vast landscape of the Al Hajar Peninsula in the United Arab Emirates, one of the most desolate and inhospitable areas in the region. The mountain range offers a true vision of wilderness; empty and devoid of human presence.

Hala will be shown for the first time as part of Photo London with Black Box Projects and include limited edition fine art Giclée prints produced here at Metro Imaging on both Hahnemühle Photo Rag and German Etching papers.

THE ARTIST

Steve Macleod is a British landscape photographer whose career has spanned over 20 years. He shoots on a large-format camera, using nature to share the conceptual impact and influence it can have on our emotions; our health and our imagination

THE GALLERY

Black Box Projects specialises in contemporary photography and contemporary art that is created using photographic materials. The gallery is committed to working with artists who push the limits of traditional photographic practice. The gallery does not keep a permanent space, instead, it arranges pop-up exhibitions in order to tailor the experience to the individual needs of the artist and the work.

“For Photo London 2018, Black Box Projects presents Steve Macleod’s latest series and the UK debut of ‘Hala’. Shot in the United Arab Emirates between 2015-2017, it is the first time Macleod has published work taken outside of the UK. The series is printed as archival inkjet on highly textured watercolour paper giving the works a painterly style reminiscent of early Japanese watercolours and a tactile quality that harks back to Pictorialist aesthetic values.” – Black Box Projects on Macleod’s series Hala.

Check out ‘Hala’ with The Black Box Projects at Photo London in the Discovery section of the fair form May 17th – May 20th at Somerset House.

 

ALL IMAGES © Steve Macleod

Ahead of Photo London 2018, we’re highlighting some of the work by our wonderful clients showing at Somerset House this May.

THE WORK

Dazzle Site Installation for ‘On the Heights’ – Tom Lovelace

Late last year the ‘On the Heights’ exhibition showcased new work by four artists; from Miriam Austin, Sam Belinfante, Tom Lovelace, and Frances Scot. The work was produced when all four artists were invited to spend two weeks living and working at Yorkshire Sculpture Park (YSP) in April 2017.

The work explores the history, stories, and landscape of the area, presenting a new dialogue between nature and experimental contemporary art practice for visitors to explore whilst extending YSP’s history of building relationships with and supporting young and emerging artists through the visiting artist programme.

Metro worked with Tom Lovelace producing C-Type prints for part of his installation which sensitively considers the extraordinary setting of YSP.  Considering slippages in the manipulated landscape, Tom’s work prompts moments of uncertainty and doubt across various locations in the Park.

For this year’s Photo London, Flowers Gallery will be exhibiting some of Lovelace’s work from YSP as part of their fair program.

 

THE ARTIST

Tom Lovelace lives and works in London. He studied Photography at the Arts University Bournemouth, receiving First Class Honours before studying Art History at Goldsmiths College, University of London. Lovelace works at the intersection of photography, performance, and sculpture. His practice is grounded in a reinvention of everyday objects, materials, and processes.

In 2015, Lovelace was nominated for the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize, Foam Paul Huf Award, and the Prix Pictet Award. He has exhibited across Britain, Europe, and the United States. Recent exhibitions include Groundwork (New Art Centre, Salisbury 2015), Mirage Valley (Lendi Projects, Switzerland 2015), To Camera (Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast 2015), This Way Up (Flowers Gallery, London 2015), Against Nature (London Art Fair, 2015), Project 05 (Contemporary Art Society, London 2014), Ristruttura (Project B Gallery, Milan 2012) and Uncommon Ground (Flowers Gallery, London 2012).

THE GALLERY

Established in 1970 by Angela Flowers, Flowers Gallery has two London exhibition spaces in Mayfair and Shoreditch along with a New York Gallery in Chelsea. Flowers Gallery currently represents 48 international artists working across a diverse range of media, with a dedicated photography space, established in 2008, recognised for its engagement with important socio-cultural, political and environmental themes.

 

ALL IMG © TOM LOVELACE

 

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