Format Festival 19 Highlights


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.