Official Print and Framing Partner for Brighton Photo Fringe since 2012, providing mentorship award and professional development talks
Metro interviewed Jamie Murray, MA student from the University of the West of England Bristol, and the THRESHOLD Student Photo Award Winner.
- Firstly congratulations on winning the THRESHOLD Student Photo Award, what does it mean to you to have won?
Thank you! It means a lot to be selected for any award, but especially so from Metro. I know the quality of the work you produce and can’t wait to work together on some prints.
- You won your award with the work ‘Soul’, part of your on-going project ‘A Folly of Our Own, 2018’, can you explain a little about the background of the project?
Soul is an ex-prisoner who I sat down with to talk through his experience of incarceration. This meeting is one of a number of face-to-face meetings I have had with ex-prisoners to try and get more of an insight into the affects of the institution of prison. During these conversations, I also make portraits and take notes of what is said in an effort to collect various materials I can refer back to.
I am interested in the notion of documentary within photography and what it means to tell a story from varying perspectives. In a previous work, I sailed with a Royal Navy ship back from their deployment in the Persian Gulf. Although I inherited the feelings of the ship I was on and photographed their story, the work still resided in a place defined by my perspective. If I had spent one day, one week, one month in prison I would not have matched the collective experience of prisoners. There is something about hearing the stories told, embellished in all their glory or sadness, that allows you true insight into the folklore of that place. The experience that counts is the one we remember, and the experience we remember is the story that we tell.
- Part of the First Place prize is a year’s mentorship with Metro Imaging, what are you looking forward to learning or hoping to gain from the experts here at Metro?
I have always been interested in the production of photography, whether in prints, books or on screen. I worked in a lab for a number of years which gave me a grounding in the processes used in contemporary printing, I am keen to learn how the professional printers can add something to the final prints. This can hopefully be translated into the production of artist books, which is something I am heavily working on right now.
I’m also always interested in hearing what people from varying backgrounds think about my images, both individually and as a sequence. I can only imagine how many images go through Metro’s doors every day, it must be an incredible cross-section. It is something I miss about working in a lab, you feel like you have your finger on the pulse of what people are shooting. It would be interesting to know what everyone at Metro thinks about these varying visual trends and where they are going.
- How would you describe your photographic style and what inspires you to shoot?
Style is a hard thing to define. So far, I have preferred to err on the side of melancholy, but that is not something set in stone. I shoot colour, that was the largest stylistic choice I have made in recent history. I had spent years working with black and white, heavily informed by my influences from when I started photography. The watershed of moving to colour allowed me a freedom to interpret the world in a way less inhibited by what I had seen before.
The inspiration to shoot is like an ever-returning itch. You scratch it when you come across a picture that surprises you, or that helps you see that moment in a renewed light, however a day or two later the itch returns. The more these different moments begin to play off each other, the stronger the itch comes back.
- We know photographers always have one eye on their next project, do you have any current projects or upcoming exhibitions you’d like to use your awarded £1000 credit for?
I am in the process of adding to what I have been working on for just over a year now. The work started with Albatross, made whilst on the warship, and has grown to encompass the prison and school as topics as well. It is broaching the ideas of institution and where the affects of these institutions reside in contemporary society. The credit will in some way go towards producing this work. I am having an exhibition of Albatross early next year, that will be the first project to work on.
- What are your ultimate photography/career goals?
If I have an ultimate goal, then I don’t want to know what it is right now. There is something quite freeing about not knowing where each choice might take you. This is also present when it comes to making work if it can be planned, conceptualised and then carried out there is a much larger chance of creating something derivative. This is also where collaboration becomes a key point within photography. Collaboration is one way of creating the unexpected. I think it’s healthy for the often-solo photographer to let go of the self and allow others to come in and provide vital new influences and reinvigorate the work, a great example of this is working with a printer.
Ideally, if I can continue to explore the themes that interest me, make work from them, and then produce that work into prints or books then I think will be happy with my lot.
This Autumn brings us the second edition of the New East Photo Prize, an initiative championing contemporary perspectives on the people and countries of the New East (Eastern Europe, the Balkans, Russia and Central Asia) and welcoming the work of professional and non-professional photographers alike through the Calvert 22 Foundation. Metro Imaging are thrilled to be collaborating again with Calvert 22, providing printing and mounting for the exhibition. The NEPP is supported by The Calvert Journal, with an esteemed judging panel including Deputy Head of Photography at The Guardian Joanna Ruck, Creative Director of Calvert 22 Foundation Ekow Eshun, leading documentary photographer and educator Tomasz Kulbowski, and Metro Imaging’s own Steve Macleod.
Having received over 600 entries this year from 26 New East Countries, the biennial NEPP is a unique glimpse into the self-identity of an underrepresented region and the lives of its people, with a diverse range of works reflecting a spectrum of approaches and topics. This year’s shortlist includes 16 photographers and collectives from Latvia, Romania, Ukraine, Poland, Hungary, Russia, Croatia, Slovakia and Azerbaijan, who will be part of a dedicated group show at Calvert 22 Foundation, with the prize winners to be announced during the Private View and Awards Ceremony on Thursday 11 October.
Here at Metro, we have had the pleasure of producing the exhibition, which will include a mixture of Matt and Gloss C-type Prints mounted to Dibond. And not only that, we will also be awarding one of the finalists a full Mentorship Award, tailor-made for the artist over a period of 12 months and including £1000 worth of production credit.
The finalists participating in the exhibition are:
Join the Cool
Elena Subach & Viacheslav Poliakov
Bolgárka Éva Zellei
Read the full press release here.
Exhibition Dates: 12 October – 1 December 2018
12pm – 6pm Wednesday – Sunday
Private View: Thursday 11 October, 6pm – 9pm, RSVP here
New East Photo Weekend: 12 – 13 October 2018
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- Lana Stojićević – from Sunny Side
- Boglárka Éva Zellei – from Furnishing the Sacred
- Michal Solarski – from Infirmi
- Vika Eksta – from The Devil’s Lake
Official stockists and promoters of Loupe, photo magazine with an unpretentious style and approachable ethos, a platform for photographers to show and discuss their projects.
Metro teams up with PYLOT magazine, in collaboration with Fuji Film.
Involved with Black Box Projects, art gallery specialising in contemporary art which is created using photographic materials. Metro have worked closely with their team and artists producing a mix of bespoke frames, fine art Giclée prints and photographic vinyl for exhibitions.
Collaborating with Lenscloud, Fine Art Photography platform that aims to democratise art investment for emerging and established collectors, co-creating useful related content.
Metro works closely with the artists, supporting throughout the production of installations and exhibitions. Hospital Rooms is an arts and mental health charity that transform locked and secure wards with museum-quality artwork.
Metro supports Accumulate, a youth charity empowering homeless people through creativity, by collaborating in photography workshops.
Sponsoring First Women by printing exhibition materials for the First Women Project. The partnership was formed after Metro featured the project in 2014 following a creative consultation to review the First Women Portfolio.
Continuing its long-standing partnership and support of Brighton Photo Fringe, Metro Imaging is delighted to be the official print sponsor again for this year’s citywide celebration of photography, delivering the highest quality exhibitions in an innovative and exciting way. It really is an honour to be the official partner of an organisation that supports emerging photographers and lens-based artists, showcasing new talent and allowing all kinds of people to enjoy and experiment with photography.
The festival takes place throughout the month of October, and its 8th edition takes inspiration from Marvin Heiferman’s 2012 book and project for the Smithsonian Photography Initiative: click! photography changes everything. BPF18 explores how photography influences how we see and understand the world around us, hence by showcasing a vast range of photography the organisation aims to engage the community in debate about how we might harness photography to create a better world.
As main partners of Brighton Photo Fringe, every two years Metro awards BPF £10,000 credit to produce a series of exhibitions and all signage for the event. This includes the Open Solo Exhibition at ONCA with an installation by Sarah Howe; OPEN18 Young Photographers; and the Danny Wilson Memorial Award, with a premier portfolio prize with folio review and judging panel support.
Key Festival Events include:
29th September – Launch Events from 5pm.
30th September – Talk by Sarah Howe, OPEN18 Winner.
20th – 21st October – Photo Publishers Market.
27th October – Panel Discussion and International Festival Showcase, ACCA Various dates – Talks, Workshops, Guided Tours.
For the full programme, click here.
- Sarah Howe, from the series Consider Falling
- Barry Falk, from the series Thresholds of the Mind