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Metro is delighted to support internationally recognised interior and lifestyle photographer Simon Brown producing C Type prints for ‘The Weight of Knowledge’, his new exhibition which opened in New York earlier this week.

The exhibition features meticulously composed images of books. Richly nuanced in their use of colour and what the artist has called the “perfect imperfection” of daylight, these images give us the book as objet d’art without stripping it of its textual status.

The books are tattered, misshapen, spotted with mould, bindings are frayed, ink washed away until it’s nearly invisible.  The tactility of Brown’s battered volumes reminds us that the physical world is constantly assaulting and altering language, but they also, more subtly, show us that words change the world as well, a fact Brown acknowledges by binding his books in bricklike units or stacking them up in towers that recall both ancient ziggurats and modern skyscrapers.

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Benrubi Gallery, 41 East 57th Street, 13th Floor, New York, NY 10022, USA

Exhibition dates: 20th November – 20th December 2014
Opening times: Tuesday – Saturday: 10:00am – 6:00pm

Images © Simon Brown
Installation Images © Benrubi Gallery

London/Pittsburgh is the latest exhibition by world-renowned British photographer Mark Neville – working at the intersection of art and documentary his socially focused projects incorporate photography, film and book publishing and are often based upon new research by expert sociologists.

London/Pittsburg is another such project, focusing upon work Neville undertook in 2012.  In the first project, a commission by New York Times Magazine which won him a nomination for the Pulitzer Prize, he documented the stark contrasts inherent in London society and subcultures and in the second, moved on to live amongst divergent communities in the industrial heartland of the US, creating work under commission by the Andy Warhol Museum.

Metro were thrilled to produce two large black and white prints and eleven large C type prints for the pairing of these two significant projects, Here is London and Braddock/Sewickley. Side-by-side for the first time they show the contrasts in British and American society and further emphasise social disparities whilst at the same time reveal behavioral characteristics that are shared, regardless of economic circumstance, cultural factors or geographic location.

“I had viewed both London and Pittsburgh through a prism mixed with Charles Dickens and Norman Rockwell. Sometimes the bringing together of two bodies of work made in different locations can generate new insights and reflections upon social divisions in each.” – Mark Neville

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A panel discussion will take place at London School of Economics and Political Science, which will use the themes explored in London/Pittsburgh as a platform for a wider discussion about inequality within society, on 13 January 2015.

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Alan Cristea Gallery, 31 & 34 Cork Street, London, W1S 3NU Tel: 020 7439 1866

Exhibition dates: 21st November 2014 – 24th January 2015
Opening times: Monday – Friday: 10:00am – 5.30pm
Saturday 11:00am – 2:00pm

NB: Closed 24th December – 4th January inclusive

Entry to the exhibition is free

Images © Mark Neville, courtesy of the artist and Alan Cristea Gallery

1. Bankers at Boujis Nightclub, 2011
2. London Metal Exchange, 2012
3. Somerford Grove Adventure Playground in Tottenham, 2011

Renowned photographer Mary McCartney’s latest exhibition Monochrome | Colour opened in London last night revealing a more personal anthology of her work, previously unseen.  Taken without the agenda of a creative brief, her images illustrate her instinctive nature to photography and the desire to record the life around her.

The exhibition curated by de Pury de Pury is selected from over 300 images cataloged in their entirety in the newly published books of the same name. Featuring photos taken between 1994 and 2014, many are taken behind-the-scenes at shoots and projects including McCartney’s time spent with the Royal Ballet Company together with fashion shoots, taken in moments of unguarded reprieve.  The images repeatedly contain intentional blur, movement and varied exposure showing McCartney’s idea that life is not always about perfection.

“Mary’s work is all about capturing furtive moments of intimacy,” says Simon De Pury. “Her subjects, whether famous or anonymous, are not posing trying to look their best but on the contrary share a side in them that you would only show to close friends or family. Her still lives and other photographs without people are equally not staged. It is precisely because they are unspectacular that they touch a special cord in us. It has been inspiring and a great pleasure to work closely with Mary in the preparation of this show.”

McCartney adds “This exhibition is work from two decades so the decisions have been exciting and difficult. Finding new treasures and slaying dragons. Now it’s ready to show.”

Metro worked with McCartney, a valued client for many years on the production of both C Type and black and white fibre prints for the show, in sizes ranging from 20”x 24″ up to a incredible 6ft x 4ft.  The 35mm original negatives were drum scanned then worked to match the images in the accompanying book, Monochrome | Colour, available now to purchase.

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To watch a BBC video interview about Monochrome | Colour with Mary McCartney
3 Grafton Street, London, W1S 4EE
21st November to 5th December 2014
Opening Times: Monday to Friday:11:00am – 4:00pm
Admission to the exhibition is free

Images © Mary McCartney

Agua Nacida,” Spanish for “water born” is a unique collection of large-scale images by renowned fashion and beauty photographer Hugh Arnold.  The exhibition at the Hilton| Asmus Contemporary in Chicago marks Arnold’s north American debut and features breath-taking underwater images shot in the waters off the coast of Fuji and Gozo.

Inspired in part by the human life cycle, “Agua Nacida” explores the beauty of the human form and symbolic transition from womb to womanhood, whilst showcasing the body so that the models appear to become one with the sea life around them.  The large scale Lambda C Type images, all produced by Metro are photographed and printed without the aid of digital enhancement.

Arnold originally trained as an actor before being enticed into the world of photography by the light and natural outdoor elements of Australia allowing his exploration of photography to develop creatively without commercial constraint, photographing “Underwater Nudes.”  Learning to scuba dive in Egypt he equipped himself with the best quality equipment and flew to Australia to pursue his mission. Cold Antarctic currents, poor visibility, box jellyfish, and sharks all conspired to push him further afield to Fiji where he shot until storms made diving impossible.  He continued his mission in Gozo, an island off the coast of Malta with supermodels Nika Lauriatis and Polina Barbasova.

In an interview with HUNGER TV in London, Arnold explained, “I wanted Agua Nacida to span the symbolic transition from the cocoon of the womb, to carefree childhood, the discovery of adolescence, the sensuality of womanhood and the pain of birth, depicting each stage in the process through physical actions. I realized that I was touching something much more profound than I set out to do because everything that I had done up to this point professionally had included artifice and ego in some form or other. The moment you submerge yourself in water, no matter who you are, the ego disappears and you touch the true essence of your nature. It’s almost like going back to the beginning, being reborn, hence the title of the book – Agua Nacida i.e. water born. The images take us on a parallel journey beneath the surface of the sea.  Our souls’ hidden waters come from a powerful, pure and deep place that I am only now starting to understand.  We are all water born….”

In addition to the large-scale photographs, Arnold has compiled a book containing a collection of over 175 stunning, original colour photographs exploring the ocean and ourselves in a new way.

For information about Hugh Arnold
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Exhibition dates: 15th January – 15th February 2015


Opening times: Mon-Fri 10:00am-6:00pm & Sat 12:00pm-5:00pm
Mead Carney Gallery, 45 Dover Street, London, W1S 4FF
T: +44 (0) 7985 157 600

Images © Hugh Arnold

Once again the Natural History Museum pays host to the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition, now celebrating its 50th year.  The competition provides a global showcase of the very best nature photography and this year saw American photographer Michael Nichols named Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2014 for his serene black-and-white image of lions resting with their cubs in Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park.

Nichols followed the pride for nearly six months meaning the lions were used to his presence whilst he photographed them in infra-red, which he explains, ‘transforms the light and turns the moment into something primal, biblical almost’.  Nichols set out to create an archetypal image that would express both the essence of lions and how we visualise them, a picture of a time past, before lions were under such threat.  The image shows five females of the Vumbi pride – a ‘formidable and spectacularly co-operative team’ – at rest with their cubs on a rocky outcrop.

Eight-year-old Carlos Perez Naval was awarded Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2014 for his image ‘Sunbathing At Dusk’, which shows a scorpion flourishing its sting as a warning to the young photographer, who had found it basking on a flat stone in a rocky area near his home in Torralba de los Sisones, northeast Spain. The late afternoon light was casting such a lovely glow over the scene that Carlos decided to experiment with his first ever double exposure to include the sun.

Established in 1965 by the BBC Wildlife Magazine, then called ‘Animals’, the competition had just three categories with 361 entrants, this year there were ten adult categories with four special awards plus four separate categories for under 18’s and a staggering 42,000 entries received from 96 countries.  The supporting exhibition held annually at the museum showcases 100 of the winning and finalists images.  This year there is also a cinema room and a touch-screen interactive, which allows visitors to access an archive of previous winners as well as “The People’s Choice” – those photographs that the public favoured but didn’t make the final 100 on display.

Metro is proud to have once again produced all 100 Duratrans prints which are viewed in lightboxes for the exhibition as well as those for the touring show which will take place across six continents in 2015, allowing millions of people to view the wonderful images.

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Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 5BD  UK.
Tel: 020 7942 5000

Exhibition dates: 24th October 2014 – 30th August 2015
Opening times: 10.00am – 5:50pm (last admission 17.15)
Nearest tube station: South Kensington
Prices: Adult £12.60, child and concession £6.30, family £34.45
Adult £14*, child and concession £7*, family £38*

*Help the Museum by giving a small donation with your ticket. If you are a UK taxpayer we can then claim Gift Aid on the full value of your ticket, as well as your donation

All Images © Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2014

1. Michael Nichols
2. Edwin Sahlin
3. Francisco Negroni

 

Richard Ansett’s portrait of Grayson Perry as alter ego ‘Claire’ has been acquired for the National Portrait Gallery permanent collection and will be on show in Room 32 Contemporary Portraits at the National Portrait Gallery to coincide with Perry’s new exhibition ‘Who Are You’ until March 2015.

The work is the only photograph in the room otherwise devoted entirely to paintings by Lucian Freud, Andy Warhol, Howard Hodgkin, R.B.Kitaj and many other great names of British portraiture.

Grayson Perry is one of the most photographed personalities in the UK especially as Claire but this is the first photograph of him as his alter ego that has been acquired.  Ansett has worked with Perry on many occasions since and in an interview with the National Portrait Gallery says of the artist:“I want to bring a less frivolous more serious approach to the representation of him as an artist. He is rather playful and hugely intelligent with a great knowledge of art.”

Ansett has a reputation for his work with artists; his portrait of David Cronenberg sits in the National Archives of Canada and his definitive portrait of David Lynch is in the Smithsonian.

Richard has kindly shared with us shots of the image in progress of preparation before the final production of the C Type print at Metro and its installation into the National Portrait Gallery.

“Working with a printer is a very important relationship.  My vulnerability and weaknesses are on show and the relationship demands great patience and empathy.  Decisions are made carefully and quietly and must represent the photographer’s practice, sometimes against the instincts of the printer.  A great printer has the ability to work along side the mindset of the client and I feel that Tim and I have reached a level of understanding conducive to creating some great work together.”

National Portrait Gallery, St Martin’s Place, London, WC2H 0HE

Exhibition dates: 25th October 2014 – 15th March 2015
Opening times: Daily 10:00am – 6:00pm
Thursdays and Fridays 10:00am – 9:00pm

Admission to the exhibition is free

For more information about Richard Ansett
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For full details of the National Portrait Gallery exhibition
For more details of the ‘Who Are You?’ TV show

Image © Richard Ansett/BBC/National Portrait Gallery
Original image commissioned for BBC Radio 4 Reith Lecture 2013
Images 1 Hanging the print at The National Portrait Gallery
Images 2 – 3 Image in progress of preparation before the final production of the C Type print