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Metro are proud to be partners with Autograph, supporting throughout the production of exhibitions. The photography and film Art Gallery explores identity, representation, human rights, and social justice.
As main partners and official print sponsors of Brighton Photo Fringe 2018, Metro Imaging were delighted to be invited to present a show as part of the festival, showcasing a mix of artwork from our talented members of staff, as well as a selection our Metro Imaging Mentorship winners.
In 2005 Metro Imaging established a Mentorship platform to support photographers and graduates making the transition out of education or a self-taught background. The programme has gone on to be highly regarded in the industry as a vital stepping-stone into the creative industries, with notable mentees such as Felicity Hammond, Carl Bigmore, and Alexander Mourant.
This year, Metro invited LCC graduates Sophie Hambling & Shahram Saadat to curate the exhibition of Mentors & Mentees. Artefact is a mixed collection of work by current Mentorship Winners: Polly Evans, Emily Marshall, Cole Quirke, Scarlett Platel, Zoë Sim, and Nathaniel White, along with pieces by Metro’s own team: David Brazier, Nick Holyman, Patrick Kelly, Vanessa Short and Ciarán Woolcombe, all of which will be on show throughout the festival at Phoenix Brighton.
The varied group exhibition includes a mix of media, such as Black & White Hand Prints, Digital C-type printing on a range of papers, moving image, collage, Photogravures, and Bespoke Mounting & Framing.
29 September–27 October
BPF18 Collectives’ & Youth Hub
10-14 Waterloo Place
Brighton, BN2 9NB
- Exhibition artwork designed by Sophie Hambling & Shahram Saadat.
- Ciarán Woolcombe – Owen Gaming, 2017.
Bespoke C-type Matt Print, Matt Seal, Bespoke Tray Frame.
- Zoë Sim – Friston Forest Glitch 3.
Bespoke C-type Supergloss Print, Dibond Mounting + Subframe.
This September held the launch of Marc Vallée’s solo show London & Paris 2011-2018 in Metro Imaging’s Front of House, showcasing a range of printing techniques throughout the exhibition, the process of which was documented by photographer Alexander Christie.
Having worked closely with Marc for a number of years, it has been especially fascinating to collaborate with him on this, as London & Paris 2011-2018 brings together work from multiple projects for the first time, including Writers, Number Six, Vandals and the City, The Graffiti Trucks of Paris and The Graffiti Trucks of London.
We spoke to Marc about the process of working together:
‘The bottom line with working with Metro is the quality of the work. I like the dark aesthetic of many contemporary Japanese photobooks for both my zines and prints. Most of the prints in the Metro show are digital fibre-based silver gelatin prints which really do work and blow me away every time I look at them.’
Curated by Metro’s Steve Macleod, the exhibition hosts 19 pieces of artwork, featuring Black & White Digital Fibre-based images, printed by master Lambda operator Sean Mulcahy, mounted to Dibond in Bespoke Frames hand-crafted in our framing workshop. The exhibition also includes images printed directly onto Brushed Dibond and Foamex with our large format UV printer, plus Adhesive Vinyl.
As featured in Hero Magazine, Director Steve Macleod comments on Marc’s work:
‘Disruptive; dirty; honest and essential – this is how I would describe Marc Vallée’s practice. Marc brings our focus into sharp relief, exploring a world that is frequently overlooked and more often misunderstood. However, you do not have to fully understand the nocturnal world that Marc and his subjects often occupy, as there is a serene poetry in every image that goes beyond documentary recording.’
Marc Vallée: London & Paris 2011-2018 runs at Metro Imaging Front of House from September 14th – December 21st 2018.
Don’t miss out on the first time this collection of work has been shown altogether!
Images by: © Alexander Christie
Metro works in collaboration with Made in Arts London offering mentorship programmes, partner discounts, and talks to encourage and support emerging photographers.
Metro Imaging are proud to join forces with the Africa MediaWorks Photography Prize, a brand new platform for artists across the African continent, an important new addition to London’s photography scene, and Britain’s first major African photography prize. The competition will showcase contemporary artists who have begun to build a reputation for their high-quality work and are now being recognised globally.
A distinguished international jury of African Art experts have nominated the work of 15 photographers based in countries such as Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa, Ethiopia, Benin and Senegal, as well as artists with diverse African heritage working in the UK. A selected shortlist of 6 photographers will be going on display at the gallery of HKS Architects in London’s Fitzrovia. One overall winner will be announced during the opening and awarded a £5000 grant to produce a further body of work. The varied work on display includes C-type, Giclée Fine Art, and Black and White Fibre-based printing, mounted to aluminium and framed using our custom Hire Frames. The exhibition also features our Adhesive Vinyl and Direct to Media Printing.
The selected 6 artists on show are:
Metro’s Creative Director, Professor Steve Macleod, has produced and curated the exhibition in partnership with the broadcasting company and organisers, AfricaMedia Works. Read more about the exhibition in Nataal’s feature where Steve comments:
“The quality of fine-art and contemporary photography across the African continent is astonishing and should be considered in the same breath as the best photographic artistry of the West. AfricaMedia Works Photography Prize is a presentation of great works by artists that deserve more recognition. We hope the prize will become a permanent fixture on the London photography scene.”
See the full nominee information here.
Exhibition Dates: 4th – 11th October 2018
Elsley House, 24–30 Great Titchfield St
London, W1W 8BF
Images © Laeïla Adjovi & Rahima Gambo
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