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Dawn Parsonage has been working hard on her latest project and debut show The Boring Exhibition. Opening on 27th of June, the series delves into boredom through photography, film and interaction via the artists found photography and newly created body of work – resulting in a humorous, beautiful and utterly boring exhibition.

Using the concept that ‘we all can relate to boredom’, Dawn aims to inspire the audience to resonate with questions such as – What does boredom mean in our modern lives? When was the last time you were bored? Why are playful photographs of boredom so funny? What is my expression right now as I’m reading this?

Metro Imaging was pleased to support Dawn from start to finish throughout the production process for this series. Beginning with high-resolution scanning of the archive photographs, our expert technicians worked with her on each of the selected files; digital print technician Manish worked on the images to produce professional and archival C-type prints, while technician Sean worked on scanned files to produce the fibre based Black and White Silver Gelatin prints. Finally, Metro’s expert finishing team mounted a selection of the artworks onto aluminium sheets for a unique installation as part of the final exhibition.

Contradictory to it’s title, ‘The Boring Exhibition’ has been a very exciting process and interesting artistic experiment to be part. Don’t miss out this unique show!

 

 

Exhibition open: 27th June – 6th July 2019
Bermondsey Project Space, London SE1 3UW

Private View: 26th June 6-9pm
Please RSVP: abps@project-space.london​

 

 

IMAGES:
1. The Boring Exhibition Private View Event Poster. Image courtesy of Dawn Parsonage.
2. Dawn Parsonage and printer Manish Patel during Bespoke Service appointment at Metro Imaging Lab HQ.
3. Dawn Parsonage and printer Manish Patel looking at prints at Metro Imaging Lab HQ.

Futureproof, presented at The Truman Brewery, as part of Free Range,  is an exhibition of original works conceived and curated by participants of the TPG Develop programme, now in its third year.

Government cuts to the creative sector, as well as rising tuition fees, push young artists to seek out new routes into work and find alternative spaces to develop ideas. As a response to that, TPG Develop offers a range of talks and workshops to help people between their 14 – 24 yrs, to learn more about the creative industries and the skills required to take the most of the opportunities within the same.

This group exhibition marks the first showcase of work from a TPG Develop’s group of young artists and presents a varied range of photographic approaches, from experimental to documentary photography. The themes explored encompass home and belonging, gender and body politics, the female gaze, urban and natural environments, cultural heritage and LGBTQ+ issues.

Metro was pleased to have supported the project in the production aspect, producing a number of prints on C-Type photographic paper, as well as Direct to Media UV Printing onto Adhesive Vinyl and wood, for the exhibition.

Throughout the exhibition, there will also be a programme of workshops and panels offering advice on how to generate and protect your ideas, including a talk on Thursday 4th July on Moving Into The Professional Industry: Next Steps After Your Degree Show, given by Metro Imaging’s Marketing and Partnerships Manager, Kate O’Neill. 

Every element of Futureproof has been produced and managed by the participants, from conception and creation to marketing and display, foregrounding the importance of self-organisation and collaborative working, and highlighting the value of diversity of backgrounds and perspectives when exploring alternative routes into the creative industry.

 

Exhibition Details:

21st  – 24th June 2019

Unit 4, Dray Walk, The Truman Brewery

 

Image Credits:
1. Futureproof artwork by Sarah Boris. Image courtesy of The Photographers’ Gallery (2019).
2. Installation view: Lignum from the series Catalogue Reisonné, Siobhan Williams (2019). Futureproof, TPG Develop Exhibition, at Free Range Degree Shows 2019.
3. Installation view: Bare Cheeky, Poppy Thorpe (2019). Futureproof, TPG Develop Exhibition, at Free Range Degree Shows 2019.
The Natural History Museum Vienna and charity Project Pressure presents MELTDOWN, A Visualization of Climate Change.

Project Pressure was founded in 2008 by Klaus Thymann, and since then has been commissioning world-renowned artists to conduct expeditions around the world. For the first time, these works will be shown together as MELTDOWN.

The exhibition is a narrative on the importance of glaciers, with selected artworks demonstrating the impact of climate change, all of which have been curated by Lina Aastrup and showcase various types of media. Metro Imaging is proud to have worked with the Project Pressure team for the production support of this inspiring exhibition, producing everything from Duratran prints for Bespoke Lightboxes, to installation pieces on Adhesive Vinyl. In addition to this, we produced an incredible collection of large-scale Fine Art Giclée and C-Type prints.

MELTDOWN contains work from every relevant continent on the planet, representing the journey in three chapters. The first section, The Importance of Glaciers, provides an introduction to the topic, illustrating glacier mass loss as an impact of climate change. Artist Peter Funch uses vintage postcards as a model for his images of American glaciers to capture the effects of glacial recession. Further to this, Noémie Goudal’s large-scale photographic installation depicts her location-based work, printed on biodegradable paper that disintegrates when wet, of a glacier image dissolving to create a “river of ice”, mirroring the shifting glacial landscape.

In the second chapter, Current Issues, MELTDOWN looks at various urgent subjects, and how the borders within Europe are being redrawn by the glacier recession.

Finally, the last section, Meltdown Consequences, looks at the well-known yet still surprising facts of climate change, going well beyond sea levels rising. Artists Simon Norfolk + Klaus Thymann look at the peculiar example of the Rhône glacier being covered in geo-thermal cloth to limit the melting.

Project Pressure uses art as a positive touch-point to create awareness and inspire action. However, its ultimate mission is to incite real behavioural change. To encourage this, Project Pressure has placed a touchscreen at the exhibition exit, where visitors can get an estimate on how carbon-intense their lifestyle is, as well as recommendations on how to improve this, with the option to revisit and re-calculate online after two months to keep track of their changes.

Exhibition Details:
5th June 2019 – 1st September 2019
The Natural History Museum
Maria-Theresien-Platz
Vienna, 1010

 

Image Credits:
1. Installation View: Glaciér 1-3, 2016. © Noémi Goudal (2019)
2. Installation View: Simon Norfolk + Klaus Thymann, Shroud I, II, III, IV, V, VI.  Photograph courtesy of Project Pressure (2019).
3. Installation View: Scott Conarroe, Left: Weißkugel, Austria – Right: Glacier Du Tacul. Photograph courtesy of Project Pressure (2019).
4. Installation View: Peter Funch, Diptychs from Left to Right: Mt. Shuksan, Mt. Rainier Emmons Glacier from Sunrise Park Road, Thunder Glacier from Marmot Ridge. Photograph courtesy of Project Pressure (2019).

 

Create your professionally printed portrait with us and, for a small fee, we will provide packaging, labelling and delivery to ensure a smooth Round II application process and peace of mind. See our full info below:

BESPOKE PRINTING OFFER

Come into our Central London lab with your file and you can spend 15 minutes with one of our expert technicians. We’ll tweak your image until you’re perfectly happy, and print the file to your required size. Alternatively, send your file remotely and we’ll ensure to print them optimally

Choose either Digital C-type, Fine Art Giclée or Genuine Black & White prints and we will carefully set it in a protective sleeve, label it for you and deliver it to the address specified for entries.


BESPOKE PREMIER & STANDARD PRINTS:
 These include Digital C-type, Giclée, and Black & White papers. Prints “must be no larger than 1015 x 760mm and 20 kilos in weight (there are no limitations on how small a work can be). The image may be smaller than the paper size.” (See all Taylor Wessing Photography Portrait Prize 2019 T&C’s HERE).

FILE DEADLINE: The last day for print operator appointments or for us sending files will be Tuesday 16th July 2019 at 12 pm.

ORDERING: To book an appointment or to, please contact our production team by calling 020 7865 0000 or email us at enquiries@metroimaging.co.uk

DELIVERY: For an added £10 +VAT per order we will sleeve, label and deliver the finished print directly to the London judging venue for Friday 19th July 2019. For prints at 40×30″ the additional cost will be £15+VAT.

BESPOKE PRINTING: More info on Bespoke (Premier and Standard) Service can be found here.

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LABEL: Please make sure all your label information is correct to ensure a smooth Round 2 application process.

RETURN PRINTS: We cannot return any prints to you after they have been submitted for entry. Please contact NPG directly for more info on collecting your work.

 

IMAGE: Daniel Castro Garcia in the lab with print technician Manish Patel during a bespoke appointment for his award-winning series Foreigner.

This month see the return of the highly anticipated FREE RANGE – showcasing throughout a three-week long exhibition a vast and diverse section of the UK’s Photography and Visual Arts degree shows, representing the largest graduate showcase in Europe.

Free Range, now in its 19th year, will display the work of over 800 art and photography students from over 50 top academic and creative institutions across the UK, providing a platform to connect with both industry and their peers and preparing them for the next stage of their careers.

Metro is happy to be supporting FREE RANGE Shows as official partners for another consecutive year, taking part of the FREE RANGE Awards 2020. Our Creative Director Steve Macleod, and Marketing and Partnership Manager Kate O’Neill are proud to form part of the industry experts judge Panel selecting this year’s Solo Awards Winners, and then providing the winners with funding and personal mentorship in the lead up towards their solo shows next February.

At the same time, Free Range will be hosting partnering institutions during the shows such as PYLOT Magazine, with a new programme of events and exhibitions; The Photographer’s Gallery, showcasing their DEVELOP programme; and UAL’s Made in Arts London will be taking over the partnership space during Art Week with a programme of talks and workshops.

 

Exhibition Details:

Photography Week One: 21 – 24 June

Photography Week Two: 28 June – 01 July

Art Week: 05 – 08 July

Entrances:

Unit 4, Dray Walk, Brick Lane, E1 6QL
85 Brick Lane, E1 6QL
Ely’s Yard, 15 Hanbury St, E1 6QR

FREE ENTRY

 

Image Credits:
1. Free Range 19 Logo. Image courtesy of Free Range.
2. Rebecca Sperini, UCA Rochester. Image courtesy of Free Range.
3. Kamila Lozinksa, University of the West of England. Image courtesy of Free Range.

This summer, Somerset House celebrates the impact of 50 years of Black creativity in Britain and beyond, with a landmark exhibition showcasing art, film, photography, music, literature, design and fashion.  It is the first time that this distinguished group of approximately 100 artists are represented together, with their work articulating and addressing the Black experience and sensibility, from the post-war era to the present day.

Historic artworks and new commissions sit alongside items from personal archives, much of which has never been seen by the public before. Through these original photographs, letters, films and audio clips, the exhibition connects the creative, the personal and the political, reflecting how artists have responded to the issues of our times.

Metro Imaging was once again delighted to be working with Somerset House on another captivating and significant exhibition. For ‘Get- Up, Stand up Now!‘, we produced a selection of artworks in various formats beginning with high-res drum scans followed by creative retouch before printing works on c-type matt, c-type metallic and black & white fibre papers. The printed artworks were then completed with our custom mounting and finishing ready for install at West Wing Galleries.

Curator, artist Zak Ové, has invited each artist to exhibit for becoming a true groundbreaker of their generation and their genre. Numerous works will be created especially for the exhibition, championing the wealth of contemporary Black creative talent.  Highlights confirmed include an original soundtrack by Trinidadian DJ, producer and member of Major Lazer, Jillionaire, which will be streamed throughout the exhibition space.  Participating Somerset House Studios residents, including artist Larry Achiampong, musician Gaika and filmmaker Jenn Nkiru (who worked on Jay Z’s and Beyoncé’s APESH*T), will also present new pieces for the show.

This extensive collection of work will be on show from Wednesday 12 June until Sunday 15th September 2019 at West Wing Galleries, Somerset House.

For Booking, Events and More info please see the Somerset house events page.

IMAGE CREDITS:
1. Get Up, Stand Up Now, source image courtesy of Zoe Bedeaux
2. Still from Neneh Cheery’s Kong 2018 © Jenn Nkiru
3.  Install shot by Peter Macdiarmid. Courtesy of The Evening Standard. Get Up, Stand Up Now Exhibition at Somerset House (2019).

We are delighted to hear photographer Terry O’Neill has been included in the Queen’s honours list and awarded ‘Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire’.

“It’s a huge honour. And I’m incredibly humbled by it. It’s a real recognition for the art of photography, as well. This isn’t just for me of course, it’s for everyone who has helped me along the way. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart.” – Terry O’Neill

For many years Metro Imaging has been fortunate to work closely with O’Neill on his extensive archive of limited edition prints, producing his work on archival c-type and true black & white fibre papers. His vast body of work includes many iconic portraits, including figures such as Winston Churchill to Nelson Mandela, musical legends Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley and Amy Winehouse, iconic actors such as Audrey Hepburn, Brigitte Bardot and Nicole Kidman, plus every James Bond from Sean Connery to Daniel Craig.

He photographed The Beatles and The Rolling Stones when they were still struggling young bands in 1963, pioneered backstage reportage photography with David Bowie, Elton John, The Who, Eric Clapton and Chuck Berry, and his images have adorned historic rock albums, movie posters and international magazine covers.

On behalf of Metro Imaging and all the staff here who have had the pleasure of working with Mr O’Neill, we’d like to take this opportunity to congratulate him on this wonderful accolade and all his achievements to date.

For more info on O’Neill’s work and limited edition prints take a look at the dedicated Iconic Images page and selected works.

IMAGE CREDITS:
  1. Terry O’Neill signing c-type prints of David Bowie at Metro Imaging © Kate O’Neill
  2. Terry O’Neill with large fibre print of Brigette Bardot at Metro Imaging © Sean Mulcahy

“The name HI-NOON evokes a time, a place and an urgency, coupled with flamboyance and extravagance. HI-NOON is a time for reckoning, but most of all, it is a welcome.”

We are excited to announce our new partnership with photographic collective HI-NOON, launching at this years Les Rencontres d’Arles.

HI-NOON is a new online platform selling a curated set of limited-edition prints by leading and emerging photographic artists. Founders Rut Blees Luxemburg and Sophy Rickett have drawn upon their extensive experience as artists, educators in photography and writers to select the works to be celebrated on this new platform.

Launching at a special event at Les Rencontres des Arles on July 4th, 2019, the collection will be available to purchase, individually, or as a set, through the website. The first release of prints represents a diverse group of practitioners selected for their spirit of experimentation, conceptual clarity, and the joy and visual pleasure of contemporary photographic practice. HI-NOON will present, amongst others the work of Jenevieve Aken, artist and designer based in Lagos; Yushi Li, emerging Chinese artist recently graduated from the Royal College of Art; musician and artist Alison Goldfrapp, and Chooc Ly Tan, DJ, artist and activist.

The collective is an ongoing venture, launched in the spirit of openness and optimism, with the aim of establishing and maintaining long term partnerships with HI-NOON artists, collectors and suppliers, based on trusted knowledge and experience, conviviality, support, and of course, fun.

Metro Imaging is delighted to be the official Archival Printing and Framing Partner of this innovative new platform supporting and co-operating with thriving artistic communities around the world.

Follow the collective on Instagram or check out their website for more info.

 

IMAGE CREDITS:
1. HI-NOON logo artwork. Image courtesy of Hi-Noon (2019)
2. Image featured: Encounter, Ⓒ Alix Marie. (2014)

 

Metro Imaging is delighted to continue it’s long term partnership with the Lisa Pritchard Agency and support the LPA Futures for another season of awards.

LPA Futures is a unique initiative set up by well known photographers agent Lisa Pritchard Agency (LPA). Now in it’s 12th year, the programme kick starts the careers of emerging commercial photography talent and raises their profiles in this competitive industry.

‘I initially set up LPA Futures in 2007 as a division of my agency to simply represent up and coming photography talent’ says Lisa, owner and founder of LPA. ‘I thought a small group of 5 photographers would be a good number and sourced the first roster from assistants and also scouted around the relevant ‘ones to watch’ awards and the like. It wasn’t a fairly laborious process finding new talent this way however – so I came up with the idea of turning it into an actual competition, and formalising it as structured 2 year programme with other judges, partners, other prizes and a big launch night!’

Since these early beginnings LPA Futures has developed into one of the industries most popular competitions for new photography blood and also an invaluable resource for commissioners wanting to work with new talent but with the support and safety net of an established agent.

For the past six years Metro has supported the LPA Futures with production of the winners works’ exhibition as part for the awards night, digital c-type prints mounted to foamex. With additional support on portfolio print production for the LPA Futures’ winners.

The whole team at LPA will also be there on hand for all the five winners, to advise and support with them in every aspect of being a professional, commercial photographer for the next two years.

Winners of LPA Futures 2019/21 will be announced later this week after the launch night on June 5th, watch this space!

IMAGES ©
  1. LPA Futures Artwork c/o LPA
  2. The Telegraph © River Thompson winner 2017/19
  3. Cuba © Imogen Forte, LPA Futures winner 2017/19

Dawn Parsonage has been collecting found photography for over 20 years, amassing a collection of over 10,000 images. Dawn curates these found photographs as well uses them as inspiration for her own work. Her collection of found photography posed the question: Is it even possible to become bored now? And is it possible to capture boredom on camera in an age where people are so image-conscious?

This is what inspired the contemporary boring portrait project. Working with psychologists, Dawn constructed a series of experiments to explore the idea of coaxing people into boredom. The three experiments each used different methods to achieve bored states:

1. An Endless Loop
The sitter is made to listen to a boring speech on a short loop.

2. Time Perception
The subject is alone with a loudly ticking clock which only has an hour hand and is, in fact, running at half speed. Time appears to be going slower than normal, drawing out their experience, coaxing a bored state.

3. Pain vs. Boredom
A recreation of Dr Erin C Westgate and Dr Timothy D Wilsons electrification experiment where subjects stay in a quiet room, where they could shock themselves to relieve their boredom. The experiment explores the lengths to which people will go to get relief from boredom.

The experiments were devised with help from social phycologist Dr Erin C Westgate of Ohio University, who conducted the original electrocution experiment and Adam Mastroianni PhD student in psychology at Harvard University as well as the book ‘The Science of Boredom’, Dr Sandi Mann.

“Dawn Parsonage’s “Boring Exhibition” brilliantly highlights the private struggles we all face when bored – the struggle to find meaning, to find ways to occupy our restless minds – and shares these intimate and often funny moments with the rest of us. The result is charming, deeply human – and definitely not boring.”
– Dr Erin C Westgate, Social Psychologist, Ohio State University.

Metro Imaging have been working closely with the artist since the birth of the project as the primary production partners, producing high-resolution scans, Bespoke C-type, and B&W Silver Gelatin prints. Dawn Parsonage’s first solo exhibition playfully explores boredom through photography, film and interaction via her found photography and newly created body of work. Don’t miss this unique show. You’ll either love it or be bored, each way it’s a win.

Exhibition Details
Private View: 26th June 6-9pm
Please RSVP: abps@project-space.london​

Exhibition Continues: 27th June – 6th July 2019
Bermondsey Project Space, London SE1 3UW

The exhibition has also received support from Dulux Paint, Intrepid Cameras, and Bright Rooms.

ALL IMAGES courtesy of Dawn Parsonage, 2019.

Metro Imaging has been working in partnership with University of the Arts London since 2005, with the aim to support BA Photography students making the transition out of education, throughout the Metro Mentorship Award Programme.

Every year, Metro Imaging Creative Director, Steve Macleod, takes the time to explore the work from all the BA Photography course students and, in collaboration and consultation with University staff, selects the one who is deserving of the support, and announce it at the opening of the LCC Degre Show.

As expected, the quality of the work was stunning and it was, as always, a tough decision to make. This year Metro is proud to announce the LCC x Metro Mentorship Award Winner and award student Anabelle Hibberd with her final year exhibition Hard Skin – “an exploration documenting juxtapositions between the natural and man-made and the materiality of the photograph within a space, considering sustainability within the environment”.

The 12 months Metro Imaging Mentorship Award Programme is designed around the needs of the individual, and it includes creative and conceptual advice, professional and business development, marketing identity and PR, technical experience and networking introductions and opportunities, and £1000 of credit to support the making of new work.

Metro would like to congratulate Anabelle one more time, as well to all the students in the programme on their excellent Final Year Degree Show ‘975 days’!

 

Exhibition Details:

29 May – 1 June 2019 
London College of Communication
Image Credits:
1., 2. Hard Skin, Anabelle Hibberd. 2019.
3. Annabelle Hibberd next to Hard Skin installation at ‘975 Days’ LCC BA Photography Final Year Degree Show. London, 2019.