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Metro is thrilled to be supporting Simon Brann Thorpe in his first UK solo exhibition, Toy Soldiers, which opens at the Hospital Club Gallery, London.  Metro has produced Vinyl prints and large C-type prints for the exhibition which provokes a dialogue on war and conflict, through conceptual art.

At this critical time of socio-economic conflict and upheaval, Toy Soldiers blurs the boundaries between documentary photography and art as Thorpe uses real soldiers, posing as toy soldiers to shine a light upon the impact, legacy and dehumanizing effects of war.

Recently receiving two nominations for the Prix Pictet Award, Toy Soldiers is a unique collaboration between a military commander and Thorpe in the creation of a unique allegory of modern warfare. Through the project Thorpe creates a critical lens through which we view the projected metaphor of war games and reality re-constructed onto the little known conflict in Western Sahara, known as ‘Africa’s last colony’.

Sofia Vollmer Maduro, a Prix Pictet judge, comments,  “By captivating the viewer with the seemingly playful device of ‘Toy Soldiers’, Simon’s images successfully counteract our growing desensitisation to images of conflict. Upon careful viewing, these striking images reveal their poignant message on the fate of victims of warfare, while alerting us to the impact on society of current trends that view war as a game.”

Toy Soldiers is exhibited as part of Photo London, a world-class photography fair and a catalyst for London’s dynamic photography community.  Running between 18th and 21st May 2017, Photo London harnesses the city’s outstanding creative talent and brings together the world’s leading photographers, curators, exhibitors, dealers and the public to celebrate photography, the medium of our time. Incorporating venues including the capital’s major museums, auction houses, galleries large and small, right into the burgeoning creative communities in the East End and South London it is a must for photography lovers and creators.

The Hospital Club, 24, Endell Street, London, WC2H 9HQ

Exhibition dates: 19th – 21st May 2017
Opening times: Mon – Fri: 7am – 2am; Saturday: 8am – 2am; Sunday: 8am – 9pm

For more information about the exhibition
For more information about Simon Brann Thorpe
For information & full Photo London programme details

Images ©SimonBrannThorpe

1. Flag Raising Over Western Sahara
2. Dormant Soldier #17
3. LemTailene Road to Nowhere

Managing Director

As the 1970s drew to a close I was all set to make it big in the cutthroat world of toffee apple production when I got the sack. So with my best mate from school I set up Metro. Back then it was just the two of us, Mike doing the Black & White printing and me as the courier (I still love racing my motorcycle). Nowadays my role is to drive the company forward; I’m always looking to take Metro in new directions, making sure we are always experimenting and evolving.

The strength of the Metro brand and what it stands for is very important to me; we are known for quality, service and innovation. However, we couldn’t have achieved this without giving everyone at Metro the opportunity to develop themselves and each other both professionally and creatively. Metro may be my baby, but everyone who works here is its uncle or auntie; it is this commitment and passion for the business that has helped us not only set the industry standard, but also maintain our reputation as an industry leader for over 25 years.

Professionally built bespoke lightboxes have long been a favourite of artists looking to appropriate the dramatic effect of an illuminated image but until recently lightboxes were restricted in size; light spread and weight by cumbersome florescent tubing that required deep profiles for cooling.

Now with the developments in energy efficient LED technology, light is available in sheets rather than tubes, creating new possibilities for lightbox size, weight, design and most importantly, colour-accuracy.

Joining forces with LED technologists, we have developed colour-accurate lightboxes that can be colour-balanced exactly to our Kodak Duratrans film material.

Metro Imaging are the only photographic printers in the UK offering colour accurate Kodak Duratrans prints up to 72” wide and our lightbox service enables our customers to create lightboxes up to this mural size.

At the top of the range are bespoke aluminium lightboxes, boasting the sophistication and understatement of hand-sprayed, powder-coated aluminium frames in virtually any size with a standard ultra slim 20mm profile.

The prices below are a guide to our Lightbox pricing. Final pricing by quotation

Image | Lightboxes produced for Mark Edwards for the ‘Monument’ WW1 Commemoration Project

Metro is thrilled to be official print sponsor for the third edition of British Journal of Photography’s Breakthrough Awards, offering students and recent graduates an opportunity to showcase their work and launch their careers.

Four outstanding photographers will be selected to have their work presented in a group exhibition in East London in addition to having their work published on BJP’s print, online and digital platforms plus expert advice on launching a successful career in photography

The judging panel consists of experts from the photography, art and publishing industries and will select a Series Award and Single Image Award winner in each category. The winning images will be printed by Metro and exhibited as part of the Free Range Graduate Shows at The Old Truman Brewery in June.  Additionally Metro are supplying each winner with a bespoke printed portfolio following a portfolio review with our print experts, ensuring the best possible start in their photography career.

Winners will also be invited to professional-practice workshops and events taking place during the exhibition and where possible BJP will be happy to facilitate introductions to relevant industry experts.

Entries can be submitted in any format, style or genre and so long as you’re currently studying a BA or MA course (or equivalent), or have graduated with a BA or MA (or equivalent) within the last five years. The course does not have to be photography based.

A 35% discount on entry fees will be given to Metro followers using the promotional code btmetro17 at the checkout. Enter here

Call for entry close Monday 15th May 2017.

For more details about the Awards

Images (2016 Winners)
1. Daragh Soden – Young Dubliners
2. Jan McCullough – Home Instruction Manual
3. Piotr Karpinski – Woman in the Church No.1

The Saatchi Gallery and Huawei have joined forces recently in an initiative that offered artists, photographers and enthusiasts around the globe a chance to show their most creative selfies and take part in a highly publicised competition #SaatchiSelfie

Metro has printed and mounted many of the images in the resulting exhibition which features thousands of entries from around the world and continues at Saatchi Gallery through to the end of May. Entries have taken the form of a photographic selfie in which entrants were encouraged to submit images that were experimental and innovative and took the selfie in exciting new directions.

The show is the world’s first exhibition exploring the history of the selfie from Velazquez to the present day, while celebrating the truly creative potential of a form of expression often derided for its inanity. Showing alongside examples of many influential artists’ work are selfies that have quickly became icons of the digital era – from the beautiful and sublime to the mad, bad and downright dangerous.

For more information
Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York’s HQ, King’s Road, London, SW3 4RY

Exhibition dates: closes 30th May 2017
Opening times: 10:00am-6:00pm, 7 days a week

Entrance to the exhibition is free

Images ©
1.  Dawn Woolley (Overall Winner), Cambridge, UK, The Substitute (holiday)© Dawn Woolley 2017
2.  Ollie Haywardm Tunbridge Wells, UK,    Gayngel 2 © Ollie Hayward 2017
3.  Felicia Hodoroabă-Simion, Romania, Walk with myself in the park© Felicia Hodoroabă-Simion 2017