At Metro, we are committed with the idea of implementing green policies within our practices and we strongly believe this is a huge responsibility from us with our community. This is no easy task due to the nature of the photography as an art, where procedures and materials do not tend to be green per se; however, no matter how small the practices are they sure make a big difference to the planet.

We are constantly working on finding more eco-friendly products, procedures, and overall greener practices, as well as we encourage our clients to do the same. When specifically aiming to set up a sustainable exhibition, we try our best to put into practice environmentally friendly ideas, including:

  • Our packaging is predominantly recyclable, consisting of mostly paper and cardboard. We regularly promote the reuse of packaging and shipping materials such as the postal tubes, paper sleeves, and the bubble wrap – of course never compromising the packaging care and quality.
  • We try and send the majority of files digitally rather than providing USBs or disks.
  • Dedicating specific paper bins and recycle all paper and cardboard.
  • Charging for test prints to encourage people not to unnecessarily test and avoid paper waste when possible.
  • Promote printing artwork through Direct To Media (DTM) on reclaimed, recycled, our found materials.
  • Ensure our master printers lay out different up images files on one same page to reduce waste paper t o it’s minimal.
  • The support of our in-house bike couriers as opposed to motorised vehicles.
  • (In the case of group shows) give a date to send one delivery van so all exhibiting artists work can be delivered to the area in one go, as oppose to multiple journeys.

Here are a few suggestions for you on how to be a greener and more conscious photographer and consumer:

  1. You could help us minimise the use of plastic bag by bringing your own one for collection of your order.
  2. Please, return the post tubes where your artwork was rolled if you don’t longer need them.
  3. Drop your film roll containers with us to donate them, or collect them for free if you have a use for them in mind.
  4. Use rechargeable batteries for your camera, and always dispose them in authorised recycling points, such as selected superstores.
  5. Try acid-free fine art papers every now and then. At Metro, we offer beautiful Giclée papers for you to choose, which are acid-free.
  6. Experiment Direct to Media printing on recycled, reused, or existing substrates, and give your work and artistic twist.
  7. Another important thing for all of us to consider is to shop locally. Metro Lab is all 100% London based, meaning less carbon footprint.


Metro and the planet will thank you;)

In Metro, we reuse packaging and shipping materials such as the postal tubes and the bubble wrap, yet never compromising the packaging care and quality.

Also, we encourage our clients to do the same and to return the post tubes where their artwork was rolled if they don’t longer need them. In the same way, we encourage customers to help us bringing their own bags, with the aim to reduce the use of branded plastic bags.

Of course, there’s no reuse and reduce without recycling. At Metro, we get to save a lot of film roll containers and make them available for interested customers to collect them for free for craft activities at schools or other recycling activities.

Moreover, we have specific paper bins and recycle all paper and cardboard; in the same way, we recycle all the rest of the waste via an outside paid company. Plus, all chemical waste is recycled and taken to a special treatment site where it’s processed for the recovery of silver, which is then sold to the precious metals market.

Another important thing for all of us to consider is to shop locally. Metro Lab is all 100% London based, meaning less carbon footprint.


At the same time, in Metro Framing department we would:

  1. Recycle our waste glass and scrap aluminium. Eg. DTM tests.
  2. Source our mouldings from sustainable tree farming as much as possible.
  3. Use moulding cut-offs for the manufacture of other frames when given the possibility.
  4. Offer hire frame service when there is no need for the production of new ones.
  5. All materials are cut to size from larger sheets in order to avoid waste.


Finally, we would like to say that by 2020, Metro Imaging would be moving towards all packaging materials being one hundred per cent recyclable!

To create a meaningful evaluation of our environmental impact we have concentrated our focus on the following areas:

  1. What legislation applies to us and how we are complying with it
  2. Future legal requirements that pose risks and opportunities to our business
  3. Past and present pollution incidents and potential pollution risks
  4. Raw materials – including materials used in production processes and those used in the day-to-day running of the business.
  5. Packaging – how it is used, how it is made, how much it costs and how much disposal costs.
  6. Waste – how much our business produces of different types of waste, size and number of containers, costs of waste removal and frequency of waste collections.
  7. Energy – types of energy used, how much is being used and at what cost.
  8. Water – look at where and how water is used, the cost involved (including effluent disposal), waste and potential for savings.
  9. Transport – including the number of each type of vehicle, mileage per vehicle, type and amount of fuel used.


Spring 2019 brings the unveiling of brand new work by Tracey Emin at White Cube, Bermondsey. Bringing together a collection of work, spanning the entire space, A Fortnight of Tears showcases Emin’s largest bronze sculptures, new photography, painting, and film. The exhibition chronicles the most recent developments in the artist’s practice, stemming from deeply personal memories and emotions ranging from loss, grief, longing, and spiritual love.

Metro Imaging is delighted to continue our longstanding relationship with Tracey Emin, producing over 60 large-scale Fine Art Giclée prints for the debut of her new photographic project, Insomnia. The images, printed on Hahnemühle Photo Rag, have been selected from thousands of self-portraits taken by the artist on her iPhone over the last couple of years, spontaneously capturing prolonged periods of restlessness and inner turmoil.

In addition to this, the major exhibition will include three monumental, bronze sculptures (Emin’s largest to date), shown alongside her lyrical and expressive paintings. Developed through a process of drawing, the paintings are then intensely reworked and added to, layer upon layer. Filmmaking has also been an integral part of Emin’s career for over 20 years. To mark this, the artist will show a new film, as well as the key early work How It Feels (1996), a candid and moving account of her abortions that changed her whole approach to making art.

Exhibition details:

6th February – 7th April 2019

White Cube Bermondsey
144 – 152 Bermondsey Street
London SE1 3TQ

Tuesday – Saturday, 10am – 6pm
Sunday, 12pm – 6pm

Free entry


Tracey Emin, A Fornight of Tears – Insomnia Installation, 2019
© Tracey Emin. All rights reserved, DACS 2017. Photo © White Cube (Theo Christelis). Courtesy White Cube


Metro Imaging is pleased to be collaborating with Free Range to bring this intimate session to you, including conversations with the artists and exclusive guided tours.

This is a unique event part of the Free Range Awards exhibition programme, chaired by our Creative Director Steve Macleod, and with the so talented photography award winners Cole Flynn Quirke –with his project A Bird Flies Backwards– and Polly Evans –presenting No Man Is An Island– where you will have the opportunity to hear first hand about the process, influences, and practice behind their work.

Meet us in Unit 11 on Monday 11th February at 10:30 am.


Monday 11th February, 10:30 am
Unit 11 Dray Walk, Brick Lane, E1 6QL