We’re delighted to continue our partnership with Youth Club and once again produce work with portrait and subculture photographer Owen Harvey.

“Owen’s work harks back to the very foundations of Mod culture in the UK. Once described as ‘Clean living under difficult circumstances’, Owen delves deeper into the progressive nature of the Mod movement and captures what it means to be a member of this iconic subculture today. 

Having photographed the UK Mod scene over the last 5 years, Owen’s work breathes fresh life into the contemporary face of a movement founded way back in the 1950s. Travelling from Liverpool, to Margate, Brighton, London and afar, he began to discover and document the vibrant energy found in the Mod revival culture in the 21st century. “ – Youth Club

For the first time – with support from Farah Menswear and G.H.Bass & Co.Europe –  Owen will exhibit Mod U.K. in the iconic London location of Carnaby St.  Metro Imaging has worked closely with Owen over the last few months producing more than 30 high-res drum scans , large format genuine black and white silver gelatin prints and bespoke mounting for this exciting new show.

Don’t miss the opening night on Thursday  27th of July 6PM-9PM at The Subculture Archives, 3 Carnaby St, London, W1F 9QG where the exhibition will be run until Thursday August 3rd. 



ALL IMAGES © Owen Harvey

Metro Imaging was delighted to work with Crane Kalman Gallery once again to produce the latest exhibition hosted at their London Gallery.

Reflections is a new solo-show, opening this July, that celebrates 15 years of work by the contemporary French photographer, Karine Laval.

Along with works from The Pool (2002-2005) and Poolscapes (2009- 2012), the London exhibition also presents Laval’s newest series:  Heterotopia, where she takes the natural world as her subject but warps it through manipulating light and colour. This show also coincides with the release of her first major publication The Poolscapes, published by Steidl this autumn.

Metro Imaging’s expert framing team finished Karine’s large photographic prints with Reverse Perspex mounting and bespoke frames (with a mix Keyline and contemporary mouldings) to hang within the gallery based in South West London.

Don’t miss this beautiful body of work, which is only on show for a the next few weeks!

Karine Laval: Reflections runs from 20 July – 19 August at Crane Kalman Gallery, 178 Brompton Road, London SW1 1HQ. 

All images © Karine Laval

6 months on from their magazine launch we have a chat with Elena Cremona, Creator of The Earth Issue.

Q. The Earth Issue launched in January 2017 – can you provide us with a little background about its aim and your inspiration for starting the magazine?

A. It all started by trying to make sense of all the different aspects that we are born into. I’ve always found it hard to understand society and their constant preoccupation, obsession even, for needing and wanting material possessions, rather than appreciating the planet we inhabit. Humanity has shifted their definition of what it means to be a visitor on Mother Earth’s home. We are now driven by power, money and exploitation, where greed seems to be put above the wellbeing of our planet.

As a photographer, I find it important to use my work as a tool to awaken consciousness and create a sense of awareness and respect for our irreplaceable landscapes. To me, being able to create, is the most honest form of self-expression. It’s important to me to actively be part of a movement, and even be able to provide people with a platform, represented by visual artists and environmental activists who share a dedication to raising awareness for the beauty of nature.
Our need to challenge ourselves and our mindset, our need to ever inspire and harness the power of social change is what drove me to starting an environmentally creative magazine, and further more a platform for all to express a connection with nature.

Q. Earth Issue is presenting ‘The Breaking Point’ in July – what can we expect from the exhibition?

A. In our ‘The Breaking Point’ exhibition we are offering different approaches to confronting our role within nature. We are presenting the thin line between being consciously aware within our space and feeding our ego, instead of the self.

We are living in a society that’s very much based on outside approval and factors which feed the ego, rather than seeking growth through acceptance.
How can we engage in these grand environmental conversations when we still have so much trouble trying to identify with nature?

The Breaking Point is an immersive exhibition by artist’s Ram Vafa and Bertie Sampson. Their work comes together to create a spatial field of attraction and repulsion for the viewer. Each piece has a commanding presence by which the viewer must circumnavigate in order to engage with both artists work, but where their movement also becomes part of the piece.
Each work is representative of time, light and movement and aims to contribute to the greater discourse on our collective responsibility and place within nature and the natural world. Each artist’s exploration of the theme of mankind’s relationship to the greater self and the role he/she plays to help sustain and maintain a healthy world and environment, has resulted in these works, which are made over the course of this journey of self-reflection.

Q. Can you tell us a little bit about your own work?

A. My work is just a reflection on how I see the world. Wanting to be completely immersed within nature, remembering that we do actually have a choice in wanting to make a difference.
I photograph to understand better and to pour meaning into who I am. Each photograph of mine is as unique as the memory that inspired it.

Q. When and what inspired you to start working with Metro Imaging?

A. I met with Metro’s Kate O’Neill a couple of years ago to discuss a possible collaboration between The Old Girl’s Club and a group of us who had been wanting to put on a show about climate change in conjunction with COP21 (The Paris Climate Conference’s of 2015).

Our exhibition, YOU WILL END BY DESTROYING THE EARTH, was the first front of house exhibition shown at Metro Imaging.

What’s the next project in line for The Earth Issue?

We are currently working on, and accepting submissions for, our newest print Issue. The theme is Impact and we are looking for artists who use their creative work as a vehicle for environmental activism.

The Breaking Point, The Square Gallery, 9B Battersea Square, SW11 3RA

Opening night: 20th July 2017
6:30pm – 10:30pm RSVP

Exhibition dates: 21st July  – 3rd August 2017

Images © Rama Vafa x Bertie Sampson


Year on year we work with thousands of photographers to produce and present their work in the best possible light for this prestigious photographic portraiture competition… and even though the application rules may have changed, our promise to produce high-quality results hasn’t!


Create your printed portrait at our usual prices and we will provide packaging, labelling and delivery to ensure a smooth Round II application process and peace of mind,  just see our range of options below…


BESPOKE – in-lab offer

Come in to our central London lab with your file and you can spend 15 minutes with one of our expert technicians tweaking your image until you’re perfectly happy, we’ll print the image to your required size, either Digital C-type, Fine Art Giclée or Genuine Black and White prints and carefully set it in a protective sleeve, label it up and deliver it to the address specified for entries.

– Bespoke Premier or Standard prints – Giclee, Black & White, Digital C-type (inc Matt, Gloss, Supergloss, Metallic and Velvet).

– Appointment Deadline – last day and time of print operator appointments will be Wednesday 26th July 2017 12pm

– We will then Sleeve, label and deliver directly to the London judging venue

– For orders via Bespoke Service see here


SELF-SERVICE – online offer

If you are happy to prepare your own files for print, then our Self- Service option is the one for you. We will print, label and package your work and deliver on your behalf fully sleeved and labelled- giving you the peace of mind that your print has been submitted safely and professionally to the awards.

– Self -Service Premier or Standard Prints- Giclee, Black & White, Digital C-type (inc Matt, Gloss, Metallic and Velvet)

– Please remember to add TAYLOR WESSING 2017 in the comment/note box when ordering

– Simply upload your files along with your entry details and number provided by the NPG so we can label and deliver your prints for you.

– Order Deadline; the last day to place orders on our self-service system in time for delivery is Wednesday 26th July by 6pm

– We will then Sleeve, label and deliver directly to London judging venue

– For orders via Self-Service see here


TURNAROUND TIMES: Please be aware of ALL our turnaround times before placing your order on either the Bespoke or Self-Service options.

PRINT SIZES: “They must be no larger than 1015 x 760mm and 20 kilos in weight (there are no limitations on how small a work can be).The image may be smaller than the paper size.” (See all Taylor Wessing Photography Portrait Prize T&C’s HERE).

FILES (SELF- SERVICE): Customers using Self- Service option must supply the correct file size and the correct details for the labels – Metro Imaging will not be held responsible for incorrect sizes, colour, paper choices or labelling. VIEWING: Due to shorter turnaround for Round II submissions, viewing your print is by appointments only, please contact us after your order is placed to book ahead of delivery day.

LABEL: Please make sure all your label information is correct to ensure a smooth Round 2 application process.

CONTACT: If you have any questions, feel free to call us on 020 7865 0000 or email us enquiries@metroimaging.co.uk.

RETURN PRINTS: We cannot return any prints to you after they have been submitted for entry. Please contact NPG directly for more info on collecting your work.




1 © C-type print  Richard Ansett

2 ©Giclee print Jessica McDermott

3-4 © B&W Fibre print Seamus Cogan