Marc Vallée Exhibition at Metro’s FOH – Behind the Scenes

15.10.2018

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