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We are excited to be working with cinematographer Afshin Shahidi on his first photography exhibition, launching this February, and documenting his intimate working relationship with the artist Prince. Our expert production team worked closely with Shahidi, producing a selection of his works as Fine Art Giclée prints on Hahnemühle Fine Art Baryta paper, and finished with Bespoke Wooden Frames.

The exhibition will feature rare and intimate images of Prince, primarily drawn from Shahidi’s recently published photo book, Prince: A Private View, which includes a foreword by Beyoncé Knowles-Carter. Illustrating Prince’s exceptional talent through his strenuous work ethic, enigmatic persona, unique charm, and sexual charisma, the limited edition prints on view convey the power of the late musician’s flamboyant and multi-instrumental performances. The qualities that made Prince a worldwide phenomenon are captured in striking still reflections by his colleague and friend, Afshin Shahidi.

Iranian-born Shahidi collaborated with Prince longer than almost any other photographer. He met the musician in their shared hometown of Minneapolis back in 1993, at Prince’s renowned recording studio, lyrically portrayed by the artist as “there aren’t any rules in Paisley Park”. Initially working as a cinematographer, Shahidi’s passion for creating still images was obvious to Prince, who, soon after, invited him to photograph his then band, the New Power Generation.

After a trial period, Prince asked Shahidi to become his official Stills Photographer. In this position, Shahidi captured Prince on stage and at play, both in highly styled settings and candid situations. He travelled with Prince from Panama, to Morocco, to London and beyond. The relationship between the two transitioned from professional peers to duelling conversationalists, to trusted companions. Ultimately, Shahidi’s unique access to the notoriously inaccessible Prince gave him the opportunity to create indelible images of the icon.

Shahidi hopes his photographs will give the public a renewed appreciation for the late performer and recalls of Prince:

“He became my mentor, business partner, travel companion, collaborator, and – most important – my friend. He took it upon himself to encourage me to see the world as a place of opportunities, not limitations. He taught by example. I knew I had to grow as a photographer, both technically and artistically – I had no choice. My subject was, unequivocally, the most talented musician of our time.”

The unique solo show produced in partnership with 2s.Prodcutions, will be on show at Herrick Gallery for a limited time only this Spring.

Exhibition details:

27th February – 9th March 2019

Herrick Gallery
93 Piccadilly
London, W1J 7NQ

Opening times: 27th-28th February 11am-5pm / 1st-8th March 11am-7pm (Sundays 12-5pm)

Free Entry

IMAGE 1, IMAGE 2 © Afshin Shahidi

IMAGE 3 PRINCE – A London Private View: Afshin Shahidi ©2s Productions

As a huge advocate for collaboration, Metro Imaging is thrilled to be partnering with FORM for their Open Call, which will consist of a series of exhibitions and events in Derby, coinciding with FORMAT Festival 2019.

FORM is a lens based collective focusing on progress through process, believing nothing is ever fully formed and that we are always in flux. Compelled by a need for ongoing personal development through critique and conversation, each member brings a distinct practice and background, their current works investigating gender, health, education, and technology: processes that shape us, and the barriers that ultimately break us.

The Open Call invites artists interested in working collaboratively to join FORM Fringe and benefit from peer support, critical feedback, and the opportunity to exhibit. Responding to the wide-ranging notion of ‘form’, individual artists are invited to submit their own interpretations, each presenting a series of photographic based images, which consider ‘form’ on a personal, societal, or political level. The work of the 12 participating artists, made up of existing FORM members and winners of the Open Call, will be curated into an exhibition in Derby. As FORM experiments with ideas of collective authorship and collaboration and, individual works are not authored to the individuals, and instead as a collective.

FORM Fringe is supported by Metro Imaging, Redeye Photography Network, GRAIN Projects, Photofusion & Arts Council England.

Selected artists will receive:

– A £100 print bursary (supported by Metro Imaging)
– A travel bursary up to £150
– Accommodation for FORMAT opening weekend
– Group feedback with FORM, and a crit day with Camilla Brown

To apply, please produce a PDF (max 2 sides of A4) including the following:

– An overview of your practice and experience to date
– Your interest in collaborating with FORM collective
– Your response to the theme ‘form’
– Previous examples of your work
– Links to your portfolio and/or website

Please send your application to thecollectiveform@gmail.com

Deadline: Sunday 24th February, 10 am

Entry is free

Please note that the FORM Fringe is focused on professional development and current graduate students are not eligible to apply. Applicants must also be available to attend the crit session on Sunday 3rd March 2019.
Images © FORM Collective, Bright Photo Fringe 2019 installation.

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

 

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

 

Back for its fourth year the Made in Arts London X Metro Mentorship Programme is now open for applications!

Running from March 2019 – February 2020, together with MiAL, we are offering one final year student studying at University of Arts London tailored support and advice during the last crucial few months study, degree show and then the vitally important first few months as a graduate.

Alongside this mentorship, the winning student will also become a MiAL artist, with the opportunity to showcase their work online as well as MiAL events and exhibitions throughout the year.

THE WINNER WILL RECIEVE:

– A twelve month bespoke mentorship

– £1000 credit to be used against Metro Imaging in-house services

– One to one mentorship including PPD; technical advice; networking opportunities and industry insight

– In-lab tutorials experience with various production departments

– Portfolio and practice reviews and advice

– Curatorial advice in shaping their final degree show

– Opportunities to be involved in Metro instigated exhibitions and lectures

– Introductions to Metro Imaging industry partners

– MiAL Artist membership with a two year contract

Previous winners have been Nathaniel WhiteFrederic Anderson and Giulia Cacciuttolo. So, if you are a final year student at MiAL and interested in applying for this opportunity then see all info over on the MiAL blog. 

Deadline for applications is Midnight Sunday 24th February 2019

For our newest Mentorship Award, Metro Imaging partnered with SATORI Magazine, offering the opportunity to win a twelve-month tailored Mentorship prize, catered to an emerging visual artist. The ongoing prize includes creative and conceptual advice, professional and business development, marketing identity and PR, technical guidance, networking introductions, plus a solo feature in SATORI Magazine.

After long review process, cutting the entries down to a shortlist of five, the winner’s selection took place on Friday 11th Jan 2019. The judging panel included representatives from SATORI and Metro Imaging, plus external industry influencers.

We are thrilled to announce the overall winner is Gin Rimmington Jones! A huge congratulations to Gin, we’re very excited to be working with her over the coming year.

Co-Founders & Creative Directors of SATORI magazine, Seb Camilleri and Duncan Woods, commented:

‘We were both instantly struck by the strength and quality of Gin’s work, and how in line with the aesthetic, and ethos, of SATORI it is. It’s beautifully mysterious, poetic and philosophical.
We feel that based on the sophistication of her images and approach to her practice, we would have been more than happy to publish it in the magazine as it is, so in turn, we are very excited to see how her projects will grow and develop over the mentorship program. – We’re both thrilled and intrigued as to where Gin’s work will go next, to be a part of a journey with her, and what wider conversations will emerge as it evolves.’

We would like to thank everything who entered the competition, and another huge well done to our shortlisted artists.

To see the full Mentorship information, click here.

To see more of Gin’s work, click here.

IMAGES © Gin Rimmington Jones

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.

FREE Event. RSVP HERE

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