The winners of the British Journal of Photography’s International Photography Award 2018 are Copenhagen-based collective Sara, Peter & Tobias. The trio have won with their series ‘The Merge’, an in-depth exploration into artificial intelligence and robotics, which aims to explore and visually interpret the possibility that we are living inside a simulation.
The BJP IPA winner’s Sara Galbiati, Peter Helles Eriksen and Tobias Selnaes Markussen shared a studio but worked separately for several years before coming together to start a collaborative creative studio in 2013.
“Since forming their collective, Sara, Peter and Tobias have made a name for themselves with their first project and photobook, Phenomena. This debut project was an anthropological study of UFOs and extraterrestrials, and was exhibited at Rencontres d’Arles and nominated for Prix de la Photo Figaro. It introduced their conceptual and subjective approach, akin to documentary, which considers issues founded on theories and first-person accounts rather than fact. This unique approach has continued through to The Merge.” – Sarah Roberts , BJP , Mar 2018
As part of the IPA prizes Sara, Peter and Tobias have won an in-person review of their portfolio from expert team here at Metro Imaging as well as production of their solo exhibition in London.
‘The Merge’ will be exhibited in a solo exhibition at TJ Boulting Gallery from the 13th July to 11th August. The exhibition will be open to the public, and is an opportunity for people to come and see this seminal work for themselves.
You can read about Sara, Peter and Tobias work and practices in latest interview with the BJP here.
Stay tuned to the Metro Imaging newsletter for latest on BJP IPA 2018, including interview, Instagram takeover, behind the scenes with the production process and all info on the launch!
In the meantime you can see the exhibition we produced for BJP IPA 2017 winner Dani Castro Garcia and his exceptional project Foreigner at TJ Boulting last April.
All images from the series The Merge © Sara, Peter & Tobias
Metro is delighted to be supporting The Great British Seaside, a new exhibition which opens this week at the National Maritime Museum (NMM). It explores our changing relationship with the seaside over the last six decades and celebrates the ambiguities and absurdities of seaside life from abandoned piers to the dazzling arcades.
Documenting a quintessentially British experience the exhibition features over 100 images from the 1960s to the present day by four of Britain’s most celebrated photographers, Tony Ray-Jones, David Hurn, Simon Roberts and Martin Parr. Metro has produced bespoke frames for the images on show as well as C-type and black and white fibre prints.
Each photographer brings their own individuality to the exhibition which includes images from the archival collections of each photographer, plus previously unseen films and 20 new works by Martin Parr, commissioned by the NMM and shot in the summer of 2017. The new images focus on the thriving and diverse resorts of London’s ‘local beaches’, including Southend-on-Sea, Shoeburyness, Leigh-on-Sea, Frinton-on-Sea, Clacton-on-Sea and Walton-on-the-Naze.
Through recurring themes of place, tradition and class, this fun and fascinating exhibition holds up a critical, yet affectionate and often humorous mirror to a great British tradition and features beaches from Brighton to Blackpool capturing the traditions, customs and eccentricities associated with them.
National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Exhibition dates: 23rd March–30th September 2018
Opening times: 10:00am – 5:00pm daily
Entrance fee: Adult: £10.35 | Child: £4.50 | Concession: £9.45
For more information about the exhibition
- GB.England, Dorset, From West Bay.-1996 © Martin Parr – Magnum Photos
- GB.England. Herne Bay, Kent. 1963 © David Hurn – Magnum Photos
- Eastbourne, East Sussex c 1968 © Tony Ray-Jones – National Science and Media Museum
- Blackpool Promenade, Lancashire. 2008 © Simon Roberts. Courtesy Flowers Gallery, London
- Whistling Sand, Pothoer, Aberdaron 2004 © David Hurn – Magnum Photos
British artist and photographer Valda Bailey recently revealed her latest work ‘The Sun Beyond the Shadow’ at MMX Gallery, London, with a beautiful collection of mixed media glass pieces, and here at Metro we were delighted to be involved.
Bailey – greatly informed by her background in painting – utilises contemporary printing techniques with ancient crafts to produce painterly, dream-like images. Her artistic direction leans towards the Japanese concept of Wabi-sabi, celebrating the beauty of imperfection, and aligns perfectly with the uniquely-produced final prints.
These exceptional pieces were printed here at Metro Imaging using Direct To Media (DTM) technology: printing onto any flat substrate up to 8 x 10ft and 4” thick with archival UV ink. Valda’s painting-like photographs were printed on the reverse of AR Museum-grade glass, and then hand finished with gold, silver or copper leaf, giving each print its own unique style. The end result is ethereal layered prints.
“The prevailing aesthetic today, that of theoretically-driven conceptual photography interests me far less, than creating a compelling orchestration of colour and form within the frame. My fascination with color goes back a long way. One of my earliest creative recollections has me sitting at a table endlessly mixing paints in a valiant but ultimately futile attempt to ‘invent a new color’. It was an imperative that kept me occupied for some time as I recall. The result was always the same – and unedifying fudge of pale peach and silver. In my defense, I was very young at the time. Scientific fundamentals had yet to impinge on my consciousness and as I could barely read, I certainly hadn’t come across Goethe’s colour theory, nor the writings of Josef Albers.” – Valda Bailey.
Exhibition Dates: 9 February – 10 March 2018
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Image Credits: Valda Bailey ‘The Sun Beyond the Shadow’ Installation Shots at MMX Gallery, courtesy of Metro Imaging
Frame Hire – a practical way of showcasing your work!
When you’re thinking about framing your artwork, planning ahead is key: What is achievable within my budget? How much time have I got? What frame size do I need for my print? Where and how will I be installing these framed pieces?
If you are on a tight budget or short deadline, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.
As an inexpensive alternative to our bespoke framing service, we offer short or long-term frame rental – that is from just one day, up to several weeks. Frames for hire are an ideal way to showcase your work, for instance, for one-off events, pop-ups, short exhibitions, or exhibitions where the frames won’t be required after the event.
This range of ready-to-go hire frames comes in standard frame sizes, and is constructed to our usual high standards. Built with oak moulding stained black for a classic look and supplied with standard clear glass. Complete with MDF backing and flexi-clips, our fitting costs include hanging fixings. We also have window mounts available for specific image sizes and artwork can be fitted by our team for an extra fee.
These frames are also available with or without window mounts and artwork can be fitted by our team for an extra fee.
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IMG © installation of Manny Melotra’s Free Range Solo Award show 2017
Daniel Shea’s new book ’43-35 10th Street’ is about architecture and its relationship to ideological and socioeconomic shifts.
The work began with a simple premise; for Shea to observe the residential real estate boom in his neighbourhood of New York City, Long Island City. This type of development boom, happening in cities globally, is a distinctly late capitalist solution to the perception of housing needs.
Images of Long Island City in New York are juxtaposed with the government buildings in the famed Brazilian city of Brasilia, built ex-nihilo 50 years ago. Images of a dying California industrial town suggest a cycle of dissolution, real estate value, and entropy.
Architectural forms, from disparate places and historical moments, evolve and echo. If modernist architecture reflected a utopia of civic engagement, neoliberalism’s departure comes in the form of a utopia of consumer engagement.
Establishing the studio as a site of artistic production, surrounded by a different form of labor that builds cities, he aims to construct an analogy between his own mobility and the macro flow of capital that is ever present in our globalized world.
Daniel Shea’s 43-35 10th ST work will be on show at Webber London form 22 March until 4 May 2018.
We’ll be closed from 6.30pm Thursday 29th March until 8.30am Tuesday 3rd April for the Easter break.
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Proud supporter of FORMAT International Photography Festival awarding Portfolio Review prizes in 2017.
We are proud to officially introduce our new Metro Framing website, the dedicated framing branch of Metro Imaging.
Our years of experience in the photographic industry have taught us how important it is for us to adapt and grow with our clients needs to provide a full production experience for artists.
As part of this initiative Metro Imaging introduced a bespoke framing as a service in 2012 and since then it has grown form strength to strength. Over the past 6 years we have been busy providing high quality, affordable finishing options for our clients whether they are exhibiting, selling or collecting artworks.
With our new framing website we are able to collate all the information you need about the wide range of professional framing solutions that we offer. These services include; customised picture framing for unique projects, specialist mounting services, short or long term frame hire, high quality glazing options, art installation, international delivery and much more.
Our flexible, multi-skilled team aim to provide a level of expertise that is second to none for each, individual project. We enjoy meeting new and existing clients; taking the time to understand your needs, discuss the work as well as impart some industry wisdom and advice.
Feel free to explore our new website and if you have any questions or would like to book a consultation or get a quote just get in touch!
- Our Framing workshop with work form ‘The Great British Seaside’, National Maritime Museum
- New Metro Framing website
- ‘The Great British Seaside’ – Simon Roberts, National Maritime Museum
- Speed of Light – Terence Donovan, The Photographers Gallery
- We Are Family – Sian Davey, National Portrait Gallery
- Aomori – Alexander Mourant, Free Range Solo Show Awards
The first UK exhibition of Mark Neville’s Battle Against Stigma project opens at QUAD Museum, Derby this spring and aims to address issues of mental health problems in the military.
Working at the intersection of art and documentary Mark Neville investigates the social function of photography. Often working with closely knit communities, in a collaborative process intended to be of practical benefit to the subject, his photographic projects to date have frequently made the people he portrays the primary audience or beneficiary of the work.
The Battle Against Stigma exhibition features photographs, films, emails, and copies of a book, also titled Battle Against Stigma, which recounts the personal experience when Neville was sent out to Helmand in 2011 as an official war artist. The exhibition, which features photographic prints produced by Metro, is intended to give some insight into the issue of adjustment disorder and PTSD which he suffered from on his return to the UK.
The dual volume book – Battle Against Stigma, co-authored by Neville and veteran mental health expert Jamie Hacker Hughes, includes the re-telling of Neville’s own personal experience from Helmand in 2011 and the troubles he suffered upon his return, and the written testimonies about PTSD and adjustment disorder from serving and ex-serving soldiers.
Throughout 2015, Neville distributed free copies of the books to Defence Mental Health Services, prison libraries, homeless veterans, probation services, and veteran mental health charities. In an essay he wrote about his PTSD for The Independent News Review magazine in 2015, he encouraged veterans to contact him. The response was a staggering 1,000 emails sent from veterans, families and friends, organisations (as well as non-veterans) sharing their experiences of these conditions and requesting copies of the book. A selection of these emails is included in the exhibition
Together this mass of documentation constitutes a major new insight into the experiences of those suffering from mental illness following service in modern warfare. Neville’s presents his own experience of war-related trauma, along with others’ in order to empower other sufferers to speak out.
During the exhibition, Neville and former RAF Sergeant Sammy Sturgess will also be hosting a day-long event at QUAD in which veterans are invited to contribute to a collection of oral history accounts of PTSD and adjustment disorders collated from former British service personnel and their support networks. The aim of the event is to encourage a cultural shift in the amongst the UK population, MOD and government that will remove the stigma of talking about mental military health, Neville will create manifesto of improvements that can be implemented by the MoD, based on empirical evidence collated from veterans and their support networks, which will invoke progress in the development of better provision for the prevention of war-related mental health conditions within the military.
The Battle Against Stigma exhibition will connect with veterans, artists, academics, charities and policy makers in order unite the different sectors of society necessary to drive the campaign for improved mental health care for service personnel.
QUAD Musuem, Cathedral Quarter, Market Place, Derby DE1 3AS
Exhibition dates: Friday 30th March – Sunday 24th June 2018.
Opening times: Monday to Saturday 11:00am to 5:00pm, Sundays 12 noon to 5:00pm
Admission to the exhibition is free.
For more information about the exhibition
Images © Mark Neville
- Firing Range, 2010
- Displaced children of the Choir at Kyiv Pechersk Lavra Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate)’, 2017
- Kristina in Luganke, Eastern Ukraine, an hour after the shelling, 3
- Tatiana and her family at a ‘Father’s House’ Rehabilitation Centre for Women and Children in Sviatopetrivske, Kyiv region, 2017, Mark Neville.jpg