We are supporting the Global Climate Strike movement by expanding our eco-values and practises in-lab and laying out some more green incentives for all our clients.

From packaging to delivery services, Metro Imaging will be running a green campaign from 20-27 September onwards in order to make a small contribution to the cause.

So, with the aim of promoting a zero-waste environment inside and outside the lab, we will be doing the following:

PLASTIC On Friday 20 Sept we will ban the use of Metro plastic bags for the day. From Monday 23rd, we will only plastic bags with a suggested donation to Greenpeace, and we will not replace stocks once depleted. Please bear in mind to bring your own bag for collections tomorrow onwards! Alternatively, we will have our reusable tote bags available when necessary.

PACKAGING From 20-27 Sept, return your old Metro packaging for us to reuse in exchange for a 20% discount off your next order. Please ask for your Promo Code at reception. (Discount valid until 31/12/2019 and can be used for either 20% off your entire Self Service order, or for 20% off your Bespoke Printing order).

DELIVERY Lastly, on Friday 20 Sept, all Bike Courier delivery orders will be discounted by 20% to encourage the use of green courier services over motorised delivery.

We want to THANK YOU ALL in advance for taking action in the Global #ClimateStrike 2019 and helping make the world a better place for everyone! 

We recognise that our products and business operations have an influence on the environment; for this reason, we aim to reduce our environmental footprint as much as possible, and we continuously review our production standards. Click this link if you would like to know more about our Green Credentials.

This autumn the V&A brings us on an immersive journey into the fantastical worlds created by one of the world’s most inventive photographers Tim Walker.

Metro Imaging are delighted to have provided production for multiple works on show as part of this outstanding new exhibition created by Walker and designed by leading British creative, Shona Heath.

“If we have so many terrible things, we need wonderful things, too.” – Tim Walker, interview with Hannah Marriott, The Guardian.

At the heart of the exhibition are 10 major new photographic projects, directly influenced by treasures in the V&A’s vast collection. In preparation for the exhibition, Walker visited object stores and conservation studios, meeting many of the museum’s curators, conservators and technicians. He scoured the V&A’s 145 public galleries, scaled the roof of the 12-acre South Kensington site, and explored the labyrinth of Victorian passages below ground level. Along the way, he encountered luminous stained-glass windows, vivid Indian miniature paintings, jewelled snuffboxes, erotic illustrations, golden shoes, and a 65-metre-long photograph of the Bayeux Tapestry, the largest photograph in the museum’s collection.

These and many other rare artefacts have inspired Walker’s monumental new photographs, and feature in the exhibition via pictures, films, photographic sets, and special installations.

Working closely with the V&A, our team of technicians produced these new and unique works in a multitude of formats including bespoke lightboxes, a mix of Giclée and C-type professional photographic prints, prints  Reverse Perspex mounted, as well as images printed directly to aluminium and mirror, then distorted to enhance the weird and wonderful atmosphere felt throughout the exhibition.


Tim Walker: Wonderful Things
Victoria & Albert Museum
Galleries 38a & 38

21 September 2019 – 8 March 2020 | vam.ac.uk | #TimWalkerxVAM


1. Installation View: Lil’ Dragon – Tim Walker: Wonderful Things ©  Victoria & Albert Museum, London
2. Installation View: Cloud 9 – Tim Walker: Wonderful Things ©  Victoria & Albert Museum, London
3. Installation View: Soldiers of Tomorrow – Tim Walker: Wonderful Things ©  Victoria & Albert Museum, London

In collaboration with Life Framer we’re excited to bring you another amazing free event as part of their 5th Edition Exhibition programme.

On Thursday 26th September, we will be hosting portfolio review sessions and networking event at the Bermondsey Project Space open to all photography artists.

This fast-paced, interactive portfolio session offers you a unique opportunity to have your photographic work constructively critiqued by industry professionals and peers. Providing a space for you to showcase your work, discuss your concepts and connect with like-minded professionals.


Each peer-review group will be facilitated by an industry leader, where round table discussions will be held on each participants portfolio* and constructive feedback will be provided from both practical and theoretical aspects.

Attendees will be provided with refreshments on arrival and will also have the chance to view the Life Framer 5th Edition Exhibition on show throughout the gallery.

*You can bring your portfolio in either digital or printed format.

Ex-Special Forces turned artist and reportage photographer, Bran Symondson and House of Fineart Gallery bring ‘Hollywood Re-loaded’, a bold reinvention of Terry O’Neill’s portraits of Hollywood icons posing with guns.

Inspired by the changing perception of guns and the conversation about gun violence around the world, ‘Hollywood Re-loaded’ showcase classic portraits by Terry O’Neill of stars like Michael Caine, Bridget Bardot and Roger Moore with a sleek firearm in hand, which have been then pockmarked by bullets fired by Symondson himself using the same gun as in each portrait.

‘Hollywood Re-loaded’ also represents an artistic approach to the debate on gun violence into the world of photographic art. Terry’s black and white portraits of Hollywood stars, become readymade canvases for Bran’s act of embellishment which unfolds in two symbolic steps; the first, a literal rupturing by gun-inspired chivalry, and the second, a healing and metamorphosis, by placing fantastical blooms of butterflies.

“What Bran has done with my photographs is astounding.  He’s taken such time and consideration when creating his art – he really has transformed my photographs into something entirely his own.   It’s been a thrill for me to work with a young artist such as Bran, to listen to his thoughts and process.  And I can’t be more pleased with the results.”  (Terry O’Neill about the exhibition).

Metro Imaging was pleased to work with such an inspiring artist for this exciting exhibition project, producing Black and White fibre prints which were then mounted onto Dibond sheets ready for the forthcoming show.


Exhibition Details:

01 – 14 October 

At The House of Fine Art – HOFA Gallery, London


Image Credits:
1. Terry O’Neill’s Portrait of Frank Sinatra intervened by Bran Symondson (2019) for Hollywood Re-loaded Exhibition. 
2. Terry O’Neill’s Portrait of Michael Caine intervened by Bran Symondson (2019) for Hollywood Re-loaded Exhibition. 


Time to embrace rejection because Portrait Salon is back!

For its ninth year running Portrait Salon is accepting rejected work from the National Portrait Gallery’s Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize – which this year received 3,700 submissions from 1,611 photographers – and Metro Imaging is proud to continue its support of this ‘Salon des Refusés’.

“Portrait Salon exists to question the place of competitions within the photographic industry, and their role in determining current trends. By accepting submissions which have been rejected from the NPG Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize our intention is to show that there is excellent photography which doesn’t always get selected. We try to show the best of the rest and offer photographers another platform.” Founders Carole Evans and James O Jenkins

Portrait Salon 2019 is now open for submissions and photographers will be able to upload their rejected work via the Portrait Salon website until September 27th.

The selected images will be shown at The Royal Photographic Society in Bristol from November 21st to 28th, before been exhibited at Photo North Festival in Harrogate from November 30th to December 2nd.


PS19 Submissions + Dates:

Aug 21st to Sep 27th – Portrait Salon submission window open.

Oct – selected photographers notified.

Nov 21st to 28th – Portrait Salon at The RPS, Bristol.

Nov 30th to Dec 2nd – Portrait Salon at Photo North Festival, Harrogate.


IMG 1 © Michal Dzierza, Portrait Salon 2018
IMG 2 © Gary Morrisore, Portrait Salon 2018

Become immersed in deep lustres of black punctuated with luminous 24-karat gold and opulent ultramarine blue hues in Lina Iris Viktor’s singular artistic universe.

The first major solo exhibition in the UK of British-Liberian artist, Lina Iris Viktor will open at Autograph, London this September. SOME ARE BORN TO ENDLESS NIGHT — DARK MATTER will showcase more than 60 works across different media and will be on display within two galleries, many seen for the first time.

Her photography, painting and sculptural installations are infused with cultural histories of the global African diaspora and preoccupied with multifaceted notions of blackness: as colour, as material and as socio-political consciousness. To Viktor, black is the proverbial materia prima: the source, the dark matter that birthed everything.

“Lina Iris Viktor’s magnificent work centres the black figure as the universal human form through which narratives are weaved, histories entwined and possible futures imagined” –  Renée Mussai, Curator.


Metro Imaging is proud to work on the production of the exclusive limited edition print by the artist that will be available for acquisition through Autograph. Commissioned especially for the exhibition, ‘We are the Night — The Keepers of Light’ (2015-9) is a 62.9 x 75.6cm Giclée print on Hahnemühle Photo Rag professional paper. The limited edition print is made from a unique artist proof (AP), and each work is signed and numbered. All proceeds from Autograph Editions support their educational artistic programmes.

Register your interest at info@autograph-abp.co.uk



Opening Event: Thursday 12 Sep 2019, 6:30 – 8:30 PM

Exhibition Continues: 13 Sep – 25 Jan 2020

Autograph, London. Free Entry


Image Credits:
Lina Iris Viktor, We are the Night — The Keepers of Light (2015-9). Commissioned by Autograph. Courtesy of the artist and Autograph, London.

Join us at the Life Framer 5th Edition Exhibition as we host an evening of Q&A with Curators, Gallerists and Artists on the reality, practicality and future of producing an art exhibition.

From selling artworks and signing contracts to installing works, sourcing materials and managing expectations; the panel will give their expert advice and personal insights on exhibiting visual art, as well discuss the potential of producing zero-waste exhibitions.


– Kathlene Fox-Davies Co-Founder + Director, Black Box Projects
– Sim Takhar Owner, The Old Bank Vault Gallery
– Lina Ivanova Co-Founder & Artist, Revolv Collective
– Steve Macleod Creative Director, Professor + Artist, Steve Macleod

Chaired Kate O’Neill (Metro Imaging and The OGC), speakers will be asked questions on the pros and cons of exhibiting for artists, opening up the discussion with the audience for Q&A after each question.

Wed, 25 September, 18:00 – 20:00, Bermondsey Project Space.

Spaces free but limited, register here.



Other events at Life Framer 5th Edition Exhibition inc:

Free Folio Reviews with Life Farmer & Metro Imaging


“John and Vivienne” is an exclusive collection of portrait and fashion photography by British portraitist John Stoddart. The work is composed of 26 photographs, all from negatives, about two of the greatest British stylists: John Galliano and Vivienne Westwood, taken in London, between 1987 and 1991.

A true ode to the romanticism of the post-punk period, this retrospective tells us about the advent and consecration of these icons, having forever marked the history of haute-couture. Metro Imaging was delighted to have worked closely with the artist to produce the black and white fibre-based prints for the exhibition of this collection, considered a fashion archive. Galliano and Westwood have changed the way fashion is viewed and how much they still influence it until today, so well that their artistic and creative work is now part of the British cultural heritage.

The fashion of the 80s was one of the most experimental in the history of the style and pushed the Punk icon, Vivienne Westwood, to rethink her style and embrace new lines, forms and matter and in a radical way. Breaking with tradition, fashion becomes art and fashion designers become Stars. John Stoddart had the chance to photograph some of them in his Mayfair studio and in particular our two icons, almost on the same days and several times. At that time, many English icons came to be photographed at his studio such as the famous hatter Stephen Jones, the muse of Karl Lagerfeld, Amanda Harlech, also close to John Galliano or Anna Piaggi, Italian fashion icon.

The exhibition takes place at Alfalibra Gallery, a laboratory of art and fashion, designed by its curator Frédéric Fontan. The gallery is located in the heart of the Haut Marais, and connects with an international vision: fashion, luxury, photography, art, high tech, but also with society and ethics. Alfalibra proposition is a reflection on ‘Transcendence’ evoking the overcoming of the separation between the arts, cultures and communities through photography, video and installation testimonies, as well as discourse.


Exhibition Details:

From 20 Sep – 20 Nov, 2019

Tuesday to Saturday from 2 pm – 7 pm.

Alfalibra Gallery 

324 rue Saint-Martin, 75003 PARIS


ALL IMAGES ©John Stoddart, courtesy of Alfalibra Gallery.