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Metro is delighted to be collaborating with Michael Hoppen Gallery to produce bespoke framing and mounting for Tim Walker’s ‘The Gully Queens‘ to be shown at Photo London 2018.

The Gully Queens Jamaica, 2018 – is an exclusive limited edition of 30 signed prints with all proceeds (100%) donated to the Gully Queens Charity

“I found the notion of an aggression towards homosexuality in Jamaica sad and regressive. To me, the Gully Queens are emblematic of this injustice which is what led me to photograph them.” – Tim Walker says of this particular work.

Pop by the Michael Hoppen Gallery Stand C1 at Photo London fair to see this beautiful piece on show and chat with their wonderful team.

IMG © Tim Walker

The Gully Queens:

Health, Safety and Housing concerns continue to go unaddressed for a subset of the Homeless & Displaced LGBT persons who reside across Jamaica. Many have resided in the storm drains of the business district known as New Kingston have also repeatedly been displaced by the police and city council. They continue to be engaged in sex work as a means of survival which increases their health risk as higher paying clients often demand unprotected sex. There is also an increase in the use of alcohol and illicit drugs (shown by 85% of respondents who use alcohol and illicit drugs to suppress their depression) which can be sources of vulnerability. 99% of the clientele have indicated that their drug and alcohol use significantly affects their practice of safe sex.

The Gully Queens have both physical and mental scars as evidence of trying to survive on Jamaica’s volatile streets. Because they do not conform to gender norms, they have been disowned by family, threatened, stoned, attacked, and even shot. They are repeatedly evicted from spaces where they have sought refuge, and arsonists often set fire to their belongings. They are nomadic, and have in some cases have developed dysfunctional behavior as means of survival, disrupting the broader communities where they live. The majority express the desire for stability, and the need to see hope for the future.

Since 2015, the Gully Queens Charity has been able to secure a series of small grants that have allowed short-term/ emergency interventions by taking many of the homeless LGBT community off the streets. Larry Chang Foundation’s program is designed to reduce premature death and restore hope within our clientele by providing:

– Shelter; providing safe shelter in various models (group housing or independent living)

– Improve Health Outcomes; individualised care plans, meals that support diet plans & access to and retention in discrimination free healthcare

– Psychosocial support & Life Skills Training; Provide access to counselling sessions (group and one-on-one) based on care plans as well as Empowerment sessions utilising ‘you empowerment GPA’ model

– Improve Employability; remedial educational programmes, employability workshops, and readiness seminars & documentation such identification, TRN etc

 

Iconic Images will exhibit its full roster of world-renowned photographers at Photo London, showcasing images that have never been exhibited before, including vintage works by pioneering British photographers Terry O’Neill and Norman Parkinson. O’Neill chronicled the rise of youth culture in the 60s, charting emerging rock and roll bands before working with the biggest names in and cinema, from the 60s to present day.

Metro has been privileged to work with Iconic on both over the years, producing a range of fine art gicléedigital c-types and true black and white prints for a variety of exhibitions and collections.

Don’t miss these rare and vintage photographs at G22 and F14 at Photo London at Somerset House from May 17th – 20th.

Other iconic works featured include Douglas Kirkland, Milton Greene, Markus Klinko, Jerry Schatzberg, John Swannell, Terence Donovan, Gered Mankowitz and Norman Seeff.

IMG: Terry O’Neill signing large Fibre limited edition prints at Metro Imaging.

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With the count down to Photo London 2018 in full swing we look at some highlights and ‘must-sees’ at this years fair.

THE WORK

Hala -Steve Macleod, Black Box Projects

“The longer we stare at nothing, the more chance that something will appear to us, creating an unfathomable aura and thoughtful meaning.” – Steve Macleod says of new series Hala, a project inspired by photographs captured by British explorer Sir Wilfred Thesiger. This new body of work documents the vast landscape of the Al Hajar Peninsula in the United Arab Emirates, one of the most desolate and inhospitable areas in the region. The mountain range offers a true vision of wilderness; empty and devoid of human presence.

Hala will be shown for the first time as part of Photo London with Black Box Projects  and include limited edition fine art Giclée prints produced here at Metro Imaging on both Hahnemühle Photo Rag and German Etching papers.

THE ARTIST

Steve Macleod is a British landscape photographer whose career has spanned over 20 years. He shoots on a large-format camera, using nature to share the conceptual impact and influence it can have on our emotions; our health and our imagination

THE GALLERY

Black Box Projects specialises in contemporary photography and contemporary art that is created using photographic materials. The gallery 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.

“For Photo London 2018, Black Box Projects presents Steve Macleod’s latest series and the UK debut of ‘Hala’. Shot in the United Arab Emirates between 2015-2017, it is the first time Macleod has published work taken outside of the UK. The series is printed as archival inkjet on highly textured watercolour paper giving the works a painterly style reminiscent of early Japanese watercolours and a tactile quality that harks back to Pictorialist aesthetic values.” – Black Box Projects on Macleod’s series Hala.

Check out ‘Hala’ with The Black Box Projects at Photo London in the Discovery section of the fair form May 17th – May 20th at Somerset House.

 

ALL IMAGES © Steve Macleod

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