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Metro is thrilled once again to be working with London based photographer Bettina von Zwehl on her latest project which takes an alternative look at dog portraiture.  She explains, “Dogs represent so much more to us than we could ever be aware of.  A psychoanalyst friend once told me that dogs rescue us as much as we rescue them.”

The ongoing and long-term project began last year when Bettina took her first canine snap, “I began doing portrait miniatures of people during my residency at the V&A in 2011,”she continued, “From the 16th century until the advent of photography in the mid-19th century, miniature portraits were often presented as tokens of loyalty, friendship or love.  Queen Victoria commissioned a fair amount of dog portrait miniatures during her reign, so when a lady asked if I would consider doing a photographic portrait of her poodle, I felt it made sense to branch out.”

The pooch portraits produced by Metro are Giclée prints measuring just 8.1cm in diameter, strikingly mounted in a black 16cm x 16cm frame and cost £3,000.

Bettina shoots most of the portraits in her London based studio but as interest in her work has grown she has recently been flown to New York to photograph a philanthropist’s two miniature schnauzers and her friends’ Coton de Tuléar and later this year she will travel to Miami to photograph some lucky pugs.

The shoot takes between one and two hours, “I’m interested in making eye contact with the dog and showing the whole animal in its purest form, without distractions,” she says. Potential clients can see the miniature pups pre-commission at Photo London in May and at Masterpiece in London in June.

For more information and to contact Bettina for commission

18th – 21st May 2017:
Photo London,
Somerset House, The Strand, London WC2

29th June – 5th July 2017:
Masterpiece London
South Grounds, The Royal Hospital Chelsea, London SW3

Images © Bettina von Zwehl

Metro is delighted to be sponsoring Sacred Geometries, a photography exhibition to mark the 5th anniversary of Anise Gallery. Drawing its inspiration from trends in contemporary photography and the diverse writings of Plato, author Robert Lawlor and architectural historian Peg Rawes the exhibition is based on themes found in the sacred geometries.

Metro has produced C Type prints for the photography exhibition which features images by Dennis Gilbert, Doublespace, Fernando Guerra, Hélène Binet, Hufton and Crow, Jim Stephenson and John MacLean, alongside film contributions from Paul Raftery and Dan Lowe. Anise Gallery hope to inspire and instigate a conversation surrounding Sacred Geometries.

Traversing through a city the aesthetics of geometry are unavoidable, whether in a grand scale such as skyscraper architecture, or the tiny backs of ladybirds, intricate design can be located in both complex, constructed design patterns and in the minute details in nature.

Sacred geometries have value beyond that of the aesthetic, and are viewed as the coming together of mathematics, nature and spirituality, due to their use in religious iconography. Since ancient Egypt, where geometrics were viewed as a visual manifestation of law and order and later in ancient Greece where they had sacred and scientific properties in helping to solve earthly mysteries.

“Geometric diagrams can be contemplated as still moments revealing a continuous, timeless, universal action generally hidden from our sensory perception”– Robert Lawlor.

For more information about the exhibition

Anise Gallery, 13a Shad Thames, London SE1 2PU

Exhibition dates: 9th March – 15th April 2017
Opening times: Tuesday  – Saturday 11:00am – 5:00pm

6th April 2017: An evening of short talks and discussion in collaboration with Miniclick

Images ©
1. Doublespace
2. Dennis Gilbert
3. Hufton and Crow

The Moon and a Smile exhibition opens in Swansea this month. Metro is thrilled to be supporting artists Anna Fox and Sophy Rickett whose work is part of this group exhibition which celebrates the part Swansea played in the development of photography in the 1840’s and 50’s.

The Dillwyn family circle in particular, was amongst the earliest and most enthusiastic experimenters with the new technology of photography, which was announced in 1839. John Dillwyn Llewellyn (1810-82) and his sister Mary took one of the earliest photographs of a smile whilst his daughter, Thereza, took one of the earliest photographs of the moon. Along with William Henry Fox Talbot an inventor and photography pioneer (1800-1877) and a cousin of Emma, John Dillwyn Llewellyn’s s wife, the family collaborated and experimented together and left a rich and unique record of their experiments, perhaps the most complete record of a family’s intimacy with photography in the 1840s and 50s.

Responding to this unique archive, the Glynn Vivien Gallery has arranged eight new commissions from contemporary international artists.  Each artist has created a distinct rich body of work for the exhibition, following their own practice and inspiration. The exhibition encompasses photography, installation, artist books and moving image, and explores themes of memory, archives, botanics, time, family, and industrialisation.

Anna Fox explains about her work; “The work plays with time and illusion, echoing the provocation of the Dillwyn archive. Each image is constructed with dozens of separate images. First a background plate is created and then, together with a team of assistants I photograph what happens in the location over approximately a 3-hour period. Images of the people are selected and then layered in post-production onto the background.

“This process and it’s results has led me to think more intently about photography time and memory and to consider that a single image, shot at 125th of a second, is not necessarily a memento of an event in the way that an image constructed out of many images and in a few hours might be. The picture made up of many images represents what has been seen over a period of time and so has a new relationship to the notion of what constitutes a documentary photograph. These are slowed down images connected to memories of a period of time in a particular place and an event or series of events that happened there.”

Metro has produced C Type and black and white fibre prints for Sophy Rickett and a large panoramic C Type print mounted to aluminium for Anna Fox.

Their work and the work of Greta Alfaro, Astrid Kruse Jensen, Neeta Madahar, Melanie Rose, Sharon Morris, Helen Sear, Patricia Ziad will be displayed alongside a selection of original 19th century photographs that had particular resonance for their projects, on loan from the Amgueddfa Cymru-National

For more information about the exhibition

Room 3, Glynn Vivian, Alexandra Road,  Swansea SA1 5DZ

Exhibition dates: 4th March – 23rd April 2017
Opening times: 10:00am  – 5:00pm

Admission to the exhibition is free

Gallery Talk
17th March: 12:30-13:30 Room 1
Join writer Kate Best to look at some of the 19th century photographs and contemporary projects in The Moon and a Smile.

Free admission but booking is essential

Images © Anna Fox