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Metro Imaging is once again delighted to be partnering with Cork photo for the 2018 festival and sponsoring them with exhibition printing, events, and discounts for participants.

Founded by Louise Maher and Naomi Smith, Cork Photo festival is an artist-led initiative, highlighting local photographers in venues across the City. The open theme and inclusive approach adopted in the first year continues, allowing everyone to take part. They embrace experimentation and encourage viewers to seek out and explore.

The Cork Photo team curates exhibitions by both local and international artists, bringing together independent galleries, arts organisations, individuals, and collectives all wishing to exhibit and celebrate photography. Past festivals have toured with Brighton Photo Fringe and have also showcased work by award-winning photographers Alexandra Lethbridge and Monica Alcazar-Duarte.

The festival is now biennial, taking place during the month of April with a wide range of artists, collectives and local businesses involved. This years program promises to provide an exciting array of quality workshops, events and exhibitions including The Photobook Show – J Book Show,  Triskel 40 Photo Prize and Lomography People’s Choice Awards.

Also on show will be the collective exhibition Elastic which showcases work by photographers acknowledging mental health within practice or process.  This show will involve a mix of Metro’s clients and past mentorship winners -including Lynda laird, Joanne Coates, Jessica McDermott, Courtney Husslemann– in one of the CPF18 main hubs, St.Peters Church.

In addition, there will be a day-long Photo Symposium on Art + Practise involving curator and artist lead tour of Elastic, talk with editor of Source Photographic John Duncan and panel discussion with founders of the art space ‘Dali + Gala’.

Cork Photo Festival runs throughout April with launch night on April 5th and Photo Symposium: Art + Practise on April 6th and you can find out how to get involved here and show your work here.

 

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Headlight – Ruth Guest for Elastic

Pageant Wounds – Kallie Cheves winner Triskel 40 Photo Prize

Lake Balaton – Silvio Severino

3am: Awake- Elastic

Our wonderful neighbour’s Curious Duke Gallery are hosting Chris King and his a captivating photographic exhibition ‘No Opportunity for Regret’ this March.

Taken from his forthcoming book, No Opportunity for Regret this collection of striking images, captured by Chris on his travels, brings the viewer on a journey across the United States and beyond.

“The solitary nature of this process is one of the reasons that none of the photos have any people in them. Printing and exhibiting my photographs means that the human part comes from interactions with people looking at my images, and conversations about where and when the images were taken.” – Chris says in a recent interview with Curious Duke Gallery.

Chris’s photography practice primarily encompasses two distinct bodies of work: landscapes and interiors that are deliciously devoid of human presence, and portraits that capture the very essence of the individual. Compositions are characterised by the artist’s distinctive framing and focus, either straight on like a window into another dimension, or a moment that’s been frozen in time with laser-like concentration on a singular point.

He writes of his work: “Borders, barriers, transitions, and divisions are fundamental to the universe. Life began when primitive structures developed that separated inside from outside. Gravity shapes galaxies and gives us up vs down. Natural and artificial distinguish between what we affect and what we have yet to influence. Interfaces and intersections are everywhere.”

Metro Imaging were delighted to work with Chris King again and produce large digital c-type prints of his documentary images mounted directly to Dibond.

No Opportunity for Regret will be on display between 1st March – 31st March at Curious Duke Gallery, five minutes walk from Old Street tube. PV Thursday 1st March 6-9pm RSVP here.

 

All images © Chris King

We have worked closely with the incredible Hospital Rooms to produce large photographic vinyl as part of the install for their new collective exhibition opening next month at Griffin Gallery.

Using the floor plan from his own London apartment (1 Godley VC House), artist Tim A Shaw will construct a skeleton timber framework of his living space to scale within the gallery. Tracing out each room, the structure offers a suggestion of domesticity that provides the setting for a collection of art-works that furnish its interior. Rather than being a stable or fixed piece of architecture, the formation is much more akin to a psychic, virtual or imagined shell through which every ‘room’ is visible.

As a responsive site with the ability to instil feelings of sanctuary, warmth and familiarity, ‘home’ is also the place where our vulnerabilities and anxieties surface at their most palpable. The idea of the home is deeply embedded in human consciousness, where objects can be containers for memories, scents can be comforts or antagonists, architecture can present a means to frame the world. Homeliness can be tangibly felt.

This exhibition also functions as an investigation into the intangible qualities embedded into particular architectural spaces. It will inform the co-curators, who run the mental health and arts charity Hospital Rooms, where they commission world class artists to transform residential secure and locked residential mental health units in NHS hospitals. Each artist works in genuine collaboration with service users and staff, and responds to their thoughts and experiences to make creative and imaginative environments. As a separate location from the mental health units they ordinarily work in, this exhibition offers the freedom to draw out the potential in-carefully, radically and candidly thought out living spaces.

1 Godley VC House

Rachael Champion | Karen David | Jon Emmony | Alexandra Lethbridge | Steve Macleod | Cameron Morgan | Rose Pilkington | Charley Peters | Tim A Shaw | Esna Su

Curated by Tim A Shaw, Emma Smale and Niamh White

8 March – 20 April 2018 PV: 7 March, 6:30-8:30pm

 

After the close of 1 Godley VC House, there will be a Hospital Rooms exhibition of images of artworks created for their current project at Eileen Skellern 1, a psychiatric intensive care unit for women, with a private view event on 25 April, 6-8:30pm and opening hours 26-27 April 10am- 5pm. You can read about the project at Eileen Skellern 1 here

We are excited to once again be collaborating with PhotoVoice on their latest charity photography competition which seeks to unite the capital.

Launched on Valentines Day – ‘Love in London’ – is an iconic photography competition celebrating unity and hope in the aftermath of a turbulent year. The aim is to inspire London with a wave of positivity and love, with the winning photos being displayed across the capital on digital displays.

For many, 2017 was a difficult year, with tragic events, political upheaval, and scandals shaking institutions worldwide. London has had its fair share of dramatic events to contend with, but it’s residents faced these challenges with inspiring displays of unity, community cohesion, and solidarity.

So to celebrate the best that London has to offer in 2018 – Clikd; an award winning dating app aimed at the creative community, has launched a new photography competition inviting people to submit photographs which showcase what Love means to them in the capital. The aim is to unite differences and inspire the city, as well as raising funds for award winning charity PhotoVoice, whose mission is to support social change and give people a voice through photography.

Acclaimed photographers Kim Leunberger and Jackie King will judge across the 6 categories which include Love in the Community and Love What you do, with other judges to be announced. The winning photo series will feature on digital signs across London tube stations and bus stops – an opportunity to display optimism and positivity for millions to see on their daily commute.

Metro Imaging are delighted to be offering support via a portfolio print prizes and more!

 

The competition is inviting submissions in 6 categories:

Love London – images celebrating the best of London

Love your community – images celebrating the ways communities come together

Love your friends – images celebrating your friends and peers

Love yourself – images showing your own relationship to London and yourself –  or even a selfie

Love your partner – images celebrating romance and connections

Love what you do – images celebrating jobs, hobbies, activities

 

A winner and two runners up in each category will be given the chance to have their images enjoyed by people all over London, with their work also displayed at an exhibition held at the summit of the competition.

PhotoVoice CEO Tom Elkins said: “I’m absolutely delighted to be involved with the Love in London competition. PhotoVoice’s charitable work helps people use photography to tell their side of the story, and we’ve always been inspired by the images that people have created in our projects. Now, we are excited to see what people choose to submit to this competition which will celebrate what makes London such a wonderful city to live, visit, and work in.”

As well as inviting images from anybody who has a story to tell about London, the competition will also showcase the work of celebrated photographers who will be sharing their perspectives of Love in London. Photographers include Laura Pannack and Peter Dench, with further contributions to be announced.

Entry for the competition is free, but a £2 donation per image entered is strongly encouraged to support PhotoVoice’s projects worldwide. All donations will be given directly to PhotoVoice.

Submissions for the competition open on February 14th and closes on March 7th.

SUBMIT

 

Be part of our ‘Love in London’ campaign and cheer up our city, with love!

 

SOME USEFUL INFO:

Can anybody submit images?  

Yes – all submissions from any level of photographer are welcomed.

Who are PhotoVoice?

PhotoVoice is a London based registered Charity organisation that promotes the ethical use of photography for positive social change, through the delivery of innovative participatory projects. The charity helps to build the skills and capacity of underrepresented or at risk communities worldwide; creating new tools of self advocacy and communication. To learn more, please visit their website.

Who are CLiKD?

CLiKD is a New London-based dating app which was launched in 2017. CLiKD believes in putting personality and creativity at the heart of the process and encourages creative and smart dating, rather than shallow and superficial judgements. It believes in creativity, positivity and helping the community around it, which is why it was awarded “Innovation in the Dating Industry” at the 2017 Dating Awards.

The Love in London Competition

Entry is free, but a £2 donation per image entered is strongly encouraged to support PhotoVoice’s projects worldwide. All donations will be given directly to PhotoVoice.

 

We’re delighted to be collaborating with the exceptional Tagsmart team for their upcoming digital-tagging workshop at Factory Fifteen.

This is a unique opportunity to learn more about the World’s only integrated artwork provenance solution, so don’t miss out!

The events will be spread over a two evenings 26th and 27th of February with Metro Imaging’s Creative Director Steve Macleod speaking on Monday the 26th.

Hear about the benefits of their DNATags and Certificate of Authenticity, and preview the exciting features of the new platform, Tagsmart 2.0.

If you have an artwork that you want to protect with a Tagsmart DNA Tag, please bring it along and we’ll teach you how to apply it and secure your work in a few easy steps.

Last few spots available BOOK YOUR SPACE HERE!

We are delighted to be involved with Black Box Projects, a new art gallery specialising in contemporary photography and art which is created using photographic materials. We have worked closely with their team and artists for their upcoming launch exhibition in Soho this March, producing a mix of bespoke frames, fine art Giclée prints and photographic vinyl.

Black Box Projects currently represents Steve Macleod internationally and Liz Nielsen in the UK. For its first exhibition, the gallery will present a selection of work by Macleod and Nielsen at 15 Bateman Street, London W1D 3AQ from 6 – 11 March.

The exhibition will showcase around 20 pieces from each artist. Works from Macleod’s previous series Blackwater, Aeld, Nil, Li+, Hel, Traverse and Murmur all made over the last decade will be on show, and many of which have not been exhibited before. Shot in the UK on a large format camera, Macleod uses nature to share the conceptual impact and influence it can have on our emotions, our health and our imagination. Represented exclusively by Black Box Projects in London, his works held in both private and public collections, including HRH the Duchess of Cambridge and HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Hazza’ Al Nahyan.

Macleod is also a regular lecturer and speaker on photography, a Visiting Professor at UCS East Anglia; a Trustee of the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST) and Lifetime member of Frontline Club in London. He also operates a successful mentorship programme for emerging artists.

Brooklyn-based photographic artist Liz Nielsen will be represented by 20 unique, colour photograms, all made in 2017, ranging in size from 40 x 50 cm to 100 x 127 cm. Her works have been exhibited in New York, Chicago, Paris, London, Budapest, Amsterdam and Berlin. Her unique photographs are printed in the analogue colour darkroom with handmade negatives and found light sources.

Liz earned her MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2004, her BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2002, and her BA in Philosophy and Spanish from Seattle University in 1997. Nielsen’s works have been reviewed in The New Yorker, The Financial Times, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and ArtSlant.

In May 2018, Black Box Projects will take part in Photo London presenting Steve Macleod’s latest series Hala, which will be the debut exhibition of this project. The gallery will then host a solo show of new work by Liz Nielsen in London in October.

Black Box Projects is committed to working with artists who push the limits of traditional photographic practice. The gallery does not keep a permanent space, instead it arranges pop-up exhibitions in order to tailor the experience to the individual needs of the artist and the work to be shown. It aims to be a pioneer of the changing gallery model, as well as presenting a transparent working model with artists, clients and other gallerists that fosters community, creativity and collaboration.

 

Location and opening times:  15 Bateman Street, London W1D 3AQ | 10am-6pm, Tues 6  – Sat 10 March

See their website for more information on exhibition artists and upcoming events www.blackboxprojects.art

 

IMG 1 – Liz Nielsen, Echoing Flame II, 2017 – Analogue Chromogenic Photograph on Fuji Lustre, 50.8 x 40.6 cm, Unique

IMG 2–  Liz Nielsen, Ghost Moon, 2017 – Analogue Chromogenic Photogram, on Fuji Lustre, 50.8 x 40.6 cm, Unique

IMG 3 – Steve Macleod, Black Schuck, 2012 – Fuji Crystal archive print, 162 x 127 cm, edition of 3

IMG 3 – Steve Macleod, Mimir, 2012 – Fuji Crystal Archive Print, 78.7 x 101.6 cm, edition of 5

Did you know we offer Gift Vouchers here at Metro Imaging for all our Bespoke Services?

Perfect for a few rolls of film, producing a printed portfolio or finally getting that special artwork printed and framed.

Pick up one for the visual artist in your life (even if that is you!) by getting in touch with our friendly team or popping into our Clerkenwell lab.

Gift Vouchers are available from £10.00 upwards.

Happy Printing!