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David Beckham: The Man is a unique print auction of images photographed by some of the world’s most renowned photographers in support of 7: The David Beckham UNICEF Fund and Positive View Foundation.

This innovative international gala auction is part of a high profile three-year global philanthropic programme and exhibition of signed contemporary photography featuring and celebrating David Beckham.  This inaugural and high-profile event features more than 50 original signed works, some previously unseen, by 27 internationally acclaimed photographers including: Annie Leibovitz, Inez & Vinoodh, Mert & Marcus, Mario Sorrenti, Peter Lindbergh, Sam Taylor-Johnson and Steven Klein. Work from Nadav Kander, Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin and Tessa Traeger has been specially commissioned for David Beckham: The Man.

Metro is delighted to have produced 5 C-Type prints of Nadav Kander images which will be on view along with all the participating images at Phillips’ European Headquarters at 30 Berkeley Square in London from Saturday, 27 February until they are sold at auction on Thursday, 10 March.

“This wonderful project in support of my own 7 Fund at UNICEF and Positive View Foundation will help create change for children and disadvantaged young people around the world.” commented David Beckham.

Philips, 30 Berkeley Square, London W1J 6EX

Dates:
London Exhibition & Gala Auction: 10th March 2016 – 7:30 pm
Auction: 10th March  – 7:30pm
Public Viewing: 27th February – 10th March

Opening times:
Monday – Saturday: 10am-6pm
Sunday: 12pm-6pm

For more information about the exhibition and auction

Images © Nadav Kander

We are thrilled to announce that we are official print sponsor for the British Journal of Photography’s International Photography Award 2017.

Now in its 11th year the awards provide a showcase for contemporary photographic talent and offer photographers around the world a chance to win a three-week solo exhibition at T J Boulting, one of London’s innovative galleries.  Working closely with gallery director and established curator Hannah Watson they will create an ambitious solo exhibition to take place in March 2017.

The winning photographer will also have their work published across BJP’s print and digital channels, and showcased globally on WeTransfer, the world’s leading file-sharing platform reaching over 80 million creatives a month.

Metro Imaging is contributing a £5000 grant to the winner for the production of images for their solo show, with expert assistance from industry leader and Metro Director, Prof. Steve Macleod along with our master printers.

Call for entries has opened and simply asks for a substantial interconnected body of work on any topic, shot in any format or camera model, on film or digital of at least 10 images with a maximum of 30.

Confirmed judges for this year’s awards include Brett Rogers OBE (Director, The Photographers’ Gallery), Michael Mack (Founding Director, MACK Books), renowned photographer Nadav Kander,  Simon Bainbridge (Editorial Director, British Journal of Photography) and Hannah Watson (Director, TJ Boulting).

Closing date for entries is Sunday 20th November 2016.
BJP is offering a 25% discount for early-bird entries until Friday 30 September 2016.
For more information about the awards
For information about entry to the awardsImages ©

1. Restore to Factory Settings © Felicity Hammond, winner of the IPA 2016
2. Under the Influence © Dominic Hawgood, winner of the IPA 2015
3. A Dream in Green © Juno Calypso, winner of the IPA 2016

British photographer Marc Wilson began his project in 2014, aiming to document the landscape of much of Europe marked by the tragedy of the Holocaust – starting in Hitler’s Germany in the 1930’s and finishing with the end of the Second World War in Europe in 1945.
There are nearly twenty thousand sites in Germany and in countries that the Germans occupied in the Second World War, where the Nazis and their collaborators systematically murdered nearly six million Jews and a huge number of people from other groups which they considered racially inferior, or for ideological and political reasons.

These sites are those of destroyed communities, ghettos, internment camps, transit camps, labour camps, sub camps, concentration camps and extermination camps, and incorporates the journeys to them, and the landscapes that surround them: sites where individual killings and slaughter on a mass scale took place. The numbers involved are almost beyond comprehension.

Marc’s project is currently in the early stages of production, having visited 17 locations in 3 countries, and with the ultimate aim to visit all 100 locations in 20 countries over a three-year period.  Metro is collaborating with Marc by providing print support as well as promoting the project to raise awareness and funding to complete the project, culminating in a large archive of imagery, print exhibition and a book.

Marc explains about the project: “my hope is that it will act as a document and archive to help both preserve the memories and retell the ‘story’ of these times for a new generation. With passing generations, memories are fading, and perhaps today – with the current refugee crisis in Europe – this subject is ever more important.”

Additionally, Marc is undertaking ‘Football Pitches’ – a small project whilst on the road in Europe, travelling from location to location, and producing archival C-type prints for sale online from his findings specifically to help fund ‘A Wounded Landscape.’

Marc elaborates: “this small ‘football pitches’ project is an antidote to the places I am photographing for ‘A Wounded Landscape’.  Not stadiums but the pitches in a field, often marked only by the existence of the goalposts. I am not going out of my way to find these. No hours of research like the main project, just the opportunity to ‘switch off’ for a very brief moment of respite, before continuing my journey again”.

Watch this space for updates on the project

For information about A Wounded Landscape
For details of how to donate or buy a print

Images © Marc Wilson

The culmination of a years worth of photographic artistry comes together in the exhibitions of the Second Edition of Life Framer photography award.  As a leading sponsor and supporter of the awards Metro is delighted to have produced the C Type prints and vinyl displays for the exhibition currently showing at the Menier Gallery in London.

The exhibition showcases the work from the 24 wining photographers and selected guests, each chosen by globally acclaimed judges across twelve months of diverse themes encompassing ‘Life’. Each theme was consciously abstract in order to create freedom and encourage creativity.

Life Framer is a photography award designed to source and showcase beautiful and honest photography from amateur, emerging and established photographers throwing the spotlight on talented photographers from all over the world.

Life Framer Award Edition III will open in March 2016, with 12 new themes and world-renowned judges plus another series of exciting global exhibitions.

The exhibition which has already toured to Los Angeles and Switzerland will continue its journey onto Rome in February.

London Exhibition
Menier Gallery, 51 Southwark St, London SE1 1RU
Exhibition dates: 7th -16th January 2016
Opening times: 11:00a, to 18:00pm (closed Sunday).

Rome Exhibition
Officine Fotografiche, Via Giuseppe Libetta, 1, 00154 Roma, Italy

Exhibition dates: 19th – 26th February 2016
Opening times: 11:00am to 18:00pm

Private View: Friday 19th January: 19:00-21:30pm

For more information about the awards and to view the winning images

Images ©
1. LF London by Tereza Cervenova
2. LF Paris by Thomas Morel-Fort

The highly anticipated Vogue 100: A Century of Style, exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery opens this week celebrating 100 years of cutting edge fashion, beauty and portrait photography by British Vogue.

Showcasing over 280 iconic images from the Condé Nast Archive and international collections the exhibition celebrates the vast range of photography commissioned by one of the most influential fashion magazines in the world since its launch in 1916.

Metro has been working closely with the Gallery’s curators and Project Team from the early stages of production of a large number of the modern exhibition prints. Production has been extensive and we are thrilled to have printed C-Type, Giclée and fibre based black and white images, produced LED lightboxes, as well as mounting and framing a large number of the modern prints – resulting in one of the most comprehensive exhibitions Metro has recently worked on.

Steve Macleod, Metro’s Director comments, “With nearly forty years experience and an unrivalled reputation for quality of service, Metro Imaging could confidently undertake such an important and seminal exhibition as Vogue 100.

“Through relationships developed over years with both the National Portrait Gallery and many of the contributing photographers, Metro has utilised all of its services – some unique to the company, to help produce what will be culturally one of the most important exhibitions in the UK this year.”

Curated by Robin Muir, a Contributing Editor to British Vogue and designed by designer Patrick Kinmonth, the exhibition is set to be an immersive and imaginative journey through the greatest moments in the history of British Vogue.

For more details about the exhibition
To book tickets in advance for the exhibition, or call 0303 123 7344
National Portrait Gallery, St Martin’s Place, WC2H 0HEExhibition dates: 11th February – 22nd May 2016, Sponsored by LEON MAX
Opening times: Everyday: 10.00am–6.00pm
(Gallery closure commences at 17.50)
Late Night Opening: Thursday & Friday: 10.00am–9.00pm
(Gallery closure commences at 20.50)
Admission charges:
Standard tickets: Adult £17/Concessions £15.50
Tickets with donation: Adult £19/Concessions £17.50The exhibition will also be on display at Manchester Art Gallery from 24th June – 30th October 2016Images © Vogue 100: A Century of Style is at the
National Portrait Gallery, London, from 11 February – 22 May 2016, sponsored by Leon Max


1. Linda Evangelista by Patrick Demarchelier, 1991 © The Condé Nast Publications Ltd
2. Claudia Schiffer in Paris by Herb Ritts, 1989 © Herb Ritts Foundation/Trunk Archive3. Anne Gunning in Jaipur by Norman Parkinson, 1956 © Norman Parkinson Ltd/Courtesy Norman Parkinson Archive

British photographer David Severn was awarded the Under 30’s Gold Award at Royal Photographic Society Awards 2015 for his image ‘Miss Mansfield 2013-2014’ from his ‘Thanks Maggie’ project. Part of his prize for this prestigious award is a Metro Imaging Mentorship of a 12-month tailored programme from the experts here at Metro Imaging.

We caught up with David 3 months into his year long program to see how the mentorship is helping his work and what special highlights he’s had so far.

1. Firstly congratulations on winning this year’s RPS/Metro Mentorship Award – what does it mean to you to have won?

Thank you! It feels great to have this validation and recognition of my work; particularly as the portrait I entered forms part of a long-term personal project.  Winning the award has really strengthened my confidence in my practice and given me great encouragement to delve deeper into my work and build on my successes.

I’m also very grateful to be given the mentorship opportunity by Metro. I’m looking forward to using my programme as a platform to explore new ideas this year and benefit from professional support.

2. You are already a few months into your 12 month programme, can we ask what you have already gained from this one-on-one mentorship and what are you still hoping to learn
I’m currently researching and forming connections ahead of making a new series of photographs which will follow on from my recent project, Thanks Maggie. I’ve had an initial discussion with Steve Macleod at Metro which helped me to crystallise what my goals and priorities for the year should be. I’m looking forward to presenting my first set of pictures for the new series in the near future and kick starting an ongoing critique, which will hopefully support me in making decisions about approach, visual narrative and direction of the work. I don’t want to say too much about the themes of the new project at this point though!

A sticking point for me over the past few months has been the presentations of my work, I currently only have flatbed scans of my negatives which lack the colour depth and detail of a higher quality scan. So, I’m hoping to make use of the facilities at Metro too, particularly the drum scanner.

3. You work primarily as a documentary photographer with a particular interest in working class culture – what inspires & draws you to this subject?

I’m from Mansfield, a former mining town in the North Nottinghamshire coalfield. My Father and Grandfather were both miners and many of my family worked at the pits or in industries that provided to them. The people and places in my photographs are the characters and landscapes I grew up among and identify with.

These communities suffered a heavy blow with a lasting legacy after the consecutive colliery closures of the 1980’s and 90’s, leaving mining towns and villages devastated by mass unemployment and accompanying social problems. Despite all of this, the men and women who I encountered growing up were nothing short of heroic and my work is a celebration of their lives and culture, as well as a depiction of their plight.

4. When did your interest in photography begin and have you always had an ambition to become a photographer?
I started playing around with a camera I was bought as a gift when I was a teenager.  I loved the immediacy of it and the endless experiments it provided.  I was always a creative person but didn’t do well at art in school.  Photography is a very democratic medium, which is something I love about it.  Suddenly I was able to explore my creativity in a way I wasn’t able to before.  Later on I became interested in telling stories with photographs and looking at documentary photography.

5. Do you have any interesting current projects or upcoming exhibitions you’d like to share with us?
I’m beginning work on a commission to make a series of photographs within The National Forest, an evolving landscape stretching over 200 square miles across parts of Leicestershire, Staffordshire and Derbyshire.  The area is being planted, in an attempt to blend ancient woodland with new plantings and create a new national forest.  This new commission will explore stories of the changing land alongside the life and work of its people.

I’m also in the early stages of a new personal project but I don’t want to give away my plans for that just yet!

6. What are your ultimate photography/career goals?

I get the biggest sense of fulfillment from shooting the work I want to make and seeing a project come together. It’s a privilege to have the means of expression and license to invoke a feeling, tell a story or play with reality, so my goal is to continue doing that.

For information about David Severn

For the 2015  New York Times feature on David’s ‘Thanks Maggie’ Project.

For information about the RPS International Print Exhibition

RPS 158 Exhibition is touring the UK in 2016

28th Nov – 30 Jan 2106: Aberystwyth Arts Centre
16th Feb – 23rd March 2016: The Hive, Worcester
2nd – 30th April 2016: Warrington Museum & Art Gallery
11 May – 22 June 2016 Municipal Gallery, Library and Cultural Centre, Co.Dublin
30 June – 19 August 2016
University of Derby

Images © David Severn -‘Thanks Maggie’

1. Thanks Maggie_David Severn :Man playing a game of Bingo at Boothys Working Men’s Club in Mansfield Town. Working Men’s Clubs such as this began in the 19th Century in industrial areas of the UK to provide recretaion for working class men and their families, however many clubs have closed following the decline of industry.

2. Thanks Maggie_David Severn: A group of Rabbit hunters in pursuit of a catch on the former Newstead and Annesley Colliery site. Hunting for food and sport goes back many generations in the area and is a means of income

3. Thanks Maggie_David Severn: Stephen, an ex-miner and Elvis Presley fanatic at home with his 1950’s Wurlitzer jukebox. Rock ‘n’ Roll culture was embraced by British working class communities in the 1950’s, owing to similar social developments as the US and the emergence of distinct youth leisure activities and sub-cultures. Today, the ex-mining generation has many Rock ‘n’ Roll fans and various tribute acts who perform in the Miner’s Welfare social clubs.