March sees the launch of a major new photography exhibition by Magnum Photos at the Sainsbury Centre, Norwich. The Body Observed will include over 130 works from the 1930s to the present, including the following artists:

Eve Arnold
Olivia Arthur
Werner Bischof
Antoine d’Agata
Bieke Depoorter
Cristina García Rodero
Bruce Gilden
Philippe Halsman
Herbert List
Susan Meiselas
Miguel Rio Branco
Alessandra Sanguinetti
Alec Soth

The exhibition will include archival prints and frames, plus new work printed by Metro Imaging, a mix of C-type, Fibre-based & Giclée prints, and finished with Bespoke Frames. The work explores how Magnum photographers have turned their lens to the human body, examining issues such as identity, intimacy, sexuality and ritual, to voyeurism and performance, amongst others.

The body has been a recurrent subject throughout the history of art, but the advent of photography offered new opportunities to engage with past modes of representation. Photography had the potential to mimic or subvert existing visual codes and the camera has been used to examine, categorise, scrutinise, and objectify the human form, establishing a new visual language.

The exhibition will include well-known images such as Eve Arnold’s portraits of Hollywood icon Joan Crawford, and Philippe Halsman’s Dalí Atomicus, a work selected for TIME magazine’s “100 Most Influential Images of All Time” in 2016. Also included are photographs by Alec Soth from his series Niagara – an exploration of melancholy love in one of America’s best-known honeymoon destinations -, images from Susan Meiselas’ celebrated Carnival Strippers series, and a selection of Ophelias: The Adventures of Guille and Belinda by Alessandra Sanguinetti, inspired by John Everett Millais’ classic painting.

A cooperative founded in 1947 by the photographers Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Capa, George Rodger and David ‘Chim’ Seymour, Magnum was initially established in New York but offices soon followed in London and Paris. They are now recognised as one of the best-known photo agencies, whose members include many of the world’s leading photographers.

The Body Oberserved will be curated by Monserrat Pis Marcos, curator at the Sainsbury Centre, in collaboration with Emily Graham, Cultural Commissions & Partnerships at Magnum Photos.

Exhibition Details:

23 March – 30 June 2019

Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts
University of East Anglia
Norwich, Norfolk

£13 | £12 concessions
50% off for under 18s, full-time students and Art Fund Members
FREE for Sainsbury Centre Members, UEA and NUA Student Members.

IMAGES courtesy of Magnum Photos
1. NYC53377 CANADA. 2004. Two towels © Alec Soth/Magnum Photos

2. NN11530563 FRANCE. Paris. November 2, 2017. Agata © Bieke Depoorter/Magnum Photos

3. PAR39240 Spanish painter Salvador DALI. “Dali Atomicus.” 1948 © Philippe Halsman/Magnum Photos
4. & 5. Installation shots at ‘The Body Observed’ Exhibition. Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts (2019).

Metro Imaging is proud to be producing amazing work for selected talented artists who are showing on FORMAT 19, the UK’s leading international contemporary festival of photography and related media.

FORMAT’s biennale edition incorporates over 30 of Derby’s most beautiful buildings and key landmarks including QUAD, University of Derby, Derby Museum & Art Gallery, Derwent Valley World Heritage Sites, Market Place and satellite venues in nearby cities, where the festival will be taking place from 15 March to 14 April.

This year, Metro’s FORMAT highlights include:

EMILY GRAHAM: The Blindest Man

This is the real story of an unsolved treasure hunt, in which a gold sculpture is buried in the ground somewhere in France. The treasure has been hidden for more than 25 years. A community of treasure hunters continue to search for the gold, guided by a book of allusive clues, released by an anonymous author, who has since died.

Exploring the parallel relationship between fact and fiction, Graham acts as a treasure hunter too, following the players’ contradictory solutions and routes across France, searching for photographs along these routes. Guided by the players’ experience and journeys, Graham discovers the precarious nature of interpretation and pursuit and the photograph’s ambiguous relationship to truth and information.

Metro Imaging worked closely with Emily to produce all prints and frames for her show.


Birth is the product of a five-year collaboration with artist and Turner Prize winner Grayson Perry developing his photographic persona. Here Perry returns to the inexhaustible motif of Mother and Child presenting an alternative to the hetro-normative.

The 60×40″ photographic portrait is produced onto Kodak Duratran, then reverse mounted on acrylic, by our expert printing and mounting technicians here at Metro Imaging, complete with a bespoke lightbox frame.

EDGAR MARTINSWhat Photography has in Common with an Empty Vase, part of the group exhibition Mutable/Multiple

What Photography has in Common with an Empty Vase is developed in collaboration with Grain Projects and HM Prison Birmingham (the largest category prison in the West Midlands), its inmates, their families and other local organisations. It reflects on the uncertainty of dealing with the absence of a loved one, brought on by enforced separation, while addressing ontological questions of the status of the photograph when questions of visibility, ethics, aesthetics and documentation intersect.

MARTIN SEEDS, Brighton Photo Fringe Danny Wilson Memorial Award 18 Winner

Martin Seeds’ trilogy of projects, Disagreements, Masks and Open Ground have been made in response to the breakdown of the Northern Irish Assembly; the increase in terrorist activity and the potential repercussions of BREXIT upon the already unstable Northern Irish landscape.

Seed’s created the work by placing an iPad screen, displaying an appropriated image, directly onto traditional darkroom paper, resulting in soft, yet haunting images for his series ‘Masks’.

Join artists Simon Roberts, Martin Seeds and Mark Duffy for a tour and talk about their Brexit related projects at The Brexit Shop –group presentation curated by Peter Bonnell. (Booking is essential)

JAMIE MURRAY, THRESHOLD Metro Student Photo Award 18 Winner

In his current project Folly, Murray looks at the effect incarceration has on prisoners and how they respond to being excluded from the world. Meeting with ex-prisoners, Murray weaves the stories they share with him into his series of images, offering a visual interpretation of how prison can affect an individual.

Don’t miss out his award-winning image ‘Soul’, part of the Folly project on show!

And last, but not least, FORM Fringe

Metro Imaging is partnering with FORM Open Call, which will consist of a series of exhibitions and events in Derby, coinciding with FORMAT Festival 2019. 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. Metro Imaging will be supporting the exhibition production offering 12 selected artists a £100 print bursary.

Introducing our newest Black & White Paper: HARMAN GDS FIBRE-BASED MATT, providing a flat-matt alternative to our signature fibre-based paper.

In response to the increasing demand, HARMAN has introduced a brand new silver gelatin, premium quality, matt finish, panchromatic photographic paper that not only replicates the qualities of their Fibre paper but is also receptive to hand colouring and chemical toning, making this hybrid product completely unique. Metro has been working closely with the company to test the paper in order to produce the best quality print possible.

“It has taken a number of years to develop the HARMAN GDS FB Matt paper and we are delighted by the results. Feedback from the market trials of the product has been spectacular so we are really excited about finally being able to get a product such as this out to our photo lab customers.”
Giles Branthwaite, HARMAN Sales & Marketing Director.

Formulated with the very latest B&W Silver Halide Emulsion technology, and optimised for digital exposure, the fibre-based matt delivers excellent contrast and sharpness with a neutral image tone. Allowing for superb and continuous B&W tones on both images and text, the gallery-quality results are equal to those seen with traditional B&W hand-printing but can be prepared from a variety of mediums, such as B&W or colour negatives, positives or prints.

The new HARMAN GDS Fibre-based paper stands alongside our original format at 310gsm but with a double-weight Baryta matt finish. Supplied on a 50″ (127cm) roll, we can produce prints up to 108 x 48″ (2744 x 1219cm).

Prices can be found here.

Pictured: HARMAN GDS Fibre-based Matt (left) overlaid HARMAN GDS Fibre-based Gloss (right).
Image © Karen Hook

Metro Imaging is excited to once again be working with our East London neighbour, Curious Duke Gallery, to support their fifth annual Secret Art Prize. The Secret Art Prize offers the chance to have your work viewed by some of the most influential people in the art world and is open to both urban and contemporary artists of multiple disciplines. This year’s winner will have the opportunity to showcase their work within a dedicated space at Moniker Art Fair, full representation from Curious Duke Gallery and much more. As part of the collaboration, Metro is offering a Premier Print and Portfolio Prize worth over £500 for the winner.

Who can apply? 

The Secret Art Prize is open to all urban and contemporary artists. Disciplines welcome include painting, sculpture, drawing, printmaking and photography. (Film and performance pieces are not accepted).


The winner of Secret Art Prize 2019 has the opportunity to showcase their work within a dedicated space at Moniker Art Fair with curatorial support from both Moniker Art Fair and Curious Duke Gallery. They will earn full representation from Curious Duke Gallery, mentoring from CDG founder Eleni Duke, a cash prize, gifts from Great Art, and a Premier Portfolio Prize from Metro.

The Metro Premier Print and Portfolio Prize 

The Premier Print + Portfolio Prize is worth over £500 and includes:

– Set of x10 portfolio prints based on our Premier Bespoke Service

– A guided lab and production tour

– A one-to-one portfolio review with the Creative Director

– Tailored production advice with a Metro Imaging print technician

There will also be four runners up who will receive £250 voucher from Great Art, mentoring with Eleni Duke, representation from Curious Duke Gallery, and a place in a group exhibition at Curious Duke Gallery.

How To Apply:

Applications are open 1st March – 31st June 2019.

There is also The People’s Choice Award –a long list of 100 applicants’ artwork open for public voting. The winner will be immediately accepted into the shortlist of the final 10 applicants eligible for the Prize.




All Images Ⓒ Courtesy of Secret Art Prize