Metro has recently produced large format C Type prints for Marcus Doyle’s amazing solo exhibition featuring the weird, yet startling beautiful Salton Sea in California.  The lake was formed accidentally in 1905 by a breach in the Colorado River and with an average area of around 525 sq.miles (1,360 sq.km), the Salton Sea is the largest lake in California.  At the height of its popularity in the 1950’s, it became a bigger tourist attraction than Yosemite National Park.

Since the late 70’s however, the entire shoreline and surrounding areas along Bombay Beach have become heavily polluted with agricultural runoff and sewage from Mexico, as the lake’s water levels greatly fluctuate, whole towns have been flooded with filthy, saline water. The local population and tourists have been forced away from the area, leaving behind nothing but a sparsely inhabited ghost town.

UK born photographer Marcus Doyle became drawn to this area after seeing Richard Misrach’s images from the 1980’s and by the extraordinary light in the area and embarked on a yearlong project from 2004 to 2005.  During that time he visited the Salton Sea every Thursday photographing the desolate landscape and the remains of a community.  His images capture a sense of re-birth within this odd, decaying environment.

Marcus, previously a commercial photographic printer, shot the images on 5 x 4 film, which were then scanned here at Metro, reworked and aluminium mounted to produce the wonderful final images you can see in the exhibition.

Find out more about Marcus Doyle here.

Margaret Street Gallery, 63 Margaret Street, London, W1W 8SW
Exhibition Dates: 24th Oct 2012 – 2nd Jan 2013
Opening times: Monday by appt only;
Tuesday – Friday 10am- 6pm;
Saturday 12:00 – 16:00

Salton Sea series, 2004-2005 © Marcus Doyle

Metro have been thrilled once again to be involved in producing Duratrans for the The Veolia Environment Wildlife Photographer Award 2012 exhibition. The awards are always much anticipated and the subsequent exhibition extremely popular, this year has been no exception with 48,000 entries from 98 countries, including amateur and professional photographers alike.

Metro have been producing prints for this competition for many years we are delighted to have printed all hundred large format Duratrans prints for the Natural History Museum as well as the Canadian and Swiss shows.  The Duratrans prints are lit from behind in lightboxes, making a truly exceptional display which brings an outstanding cinematic dimension to these dramatic wildlife stills.

The following competition winners were revealed at a thrilling awards evening at the Natural History Museum last night:

Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012 winner is Paul Nicklen from Canada for his sunlit image of Emperor penguins in Ross Sea, Antarctica.
UK born Owen Hearn’s Flight Path image of a Red Kite with an aeroplane in the distance won him the Veolia Environnement Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012.
Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photojournalist Award was won by Steve Winter of the US with his incredible series of images documenting the plight of tigers in the wild.

For a detailed list of all category and special award winners please take a look at the Natural History Museum site.

This wonderful exhibition can be seen at the Natural History Museum until March 2013, it will then tour the UK and overseas over the course of the coming year.

The Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London,
Exhibition dates: 19th October 2012 – 3rd March 2013 
Opening times: Daily 10:00am- 5.50pm
Click here for more information about the exhibition and the award book.

Midnight Snack © Alexander Badyaev
Practice Run © Grégoire Bouguereau
Evening Rays © Claudio Gazzaroli