When choosing how to print your Black & White images we would recommend our B&W Printing options over our C-type or Giclée services to ensure the best results in your print. Choosing a Silver Gelatin print completely prevents the colour cast you would usually find due to colour printing processes.

At Metro Imaging, we offer a range of B&W printing options: from traditional B&W Hand Printing to Digital Silver Gelatin Prints. We’re also the only print lab in the UK to produce B&W fibre-based prints from digital files, Metro’s Steve Macleod having worked directly with Harman in producing the paper itself.

Both of our B&W Silver Gelatin and C-Type prints are produced with archival, light-sensitive papers specifically designed to be exposed with a digital enlarger. When printing a B&W image using a colour process, such as the C-Type, there will always be a colour cast of some degree, usually green or magenta – this is due to the colour dye within the print. Our HARMAN GDS B&W papers contain no colour dyes and are exposed with B&W chemistry, resulting in ‘true’ blacks with no colour cast, despite being exposed with the standard RGB colour laser on our Lambda Printer.

We offer three premier HARMAN GDS papers to fit your needs, a resin-coated finished and two fibre-based options:

– Fibre-based Baryta (Gloss): This double-weight paper has a gloss finish and slight texture, the emulsion is based upon traditional B&W silver halide technology. It has excellent D-Max, sharpness and surface finish that will give a superb continuous tone. Our FB paper is also great for pairing with Giclée Fine Art Baryta prints when printing colour and B&W images together.

– Fibre-based Baryta (Matt): This is a double-weight paper with a matt finish and smooth texture. It is a silver gelatin premium quality panchromatic photographic paper. This paper has been designed using the very latest black & white silver halide emulsion technology optimised for digital exposure and presents a neutral image tone.

– Resin-coated: This is a premium quality paper with a bright base tint, and it is a perfect paper for cooler-toned images. It has a semi-matt finish and contains fine tonal benefits of subtle highlight detail and strong blacks.

Our digital B&W papers can be printed up to 108 x 48 inches, either through our Premier Bespoke Service or Premier Self Service online.

We recommend having a look at the papers themselves before ordering. Either drop by our lab or order a Sample Pack here.

Lastly, we are proud to still offer B&W hand printing straight from the negative, using the traditional darkroom method. Our Master Printer can match and reproduce your image consistently; however, due to the technique, each one is technically unique. We offer a range of papers, fibre-based to resin-coated, in a number of finishes and tones. Our maximum Hand Print size is 20 x 24 inches.

1. Digital Fibre-based Gloss Print.
2. Left to Right: Digital Fibre-based Matt Print, Digital Fibre-based Gloss Print.
3. Digital Resin-coated Print.

With over 20 years of experience in the photography retouching industry, our team of expert retouchers are here to help you achieve the very best from every image.

Over the years we’ve built and maintained many strong partnerships with headline names, not only in the fashion and beauty industry, but from varied backgrounds such as art magazines and publications, editorial campaigns, advertising, fine art photography, and illustration, architectural and graphic design.

From cmyk proofs to image editing services, we offer variety of post-production services for end-to-end project solutions. Additionally we can provide vintage image enhancement and repair, carefully bringing back the original quality, to ensure perfect reproduction time after time.

We can work to a competitive hourly rate or fixed budget per image or campaign.

See our full range of services here or to discuss your project, please get in touch with Lara or Patrick on retouch@metroimaging.co.uk.

Our top-of-the-range photographic scanning department consists of a drum scanner, capable of capturing exceptional detail and tone, and a flatbed and CCD scanner, to cater to all needs.

We also offer a cost-effective bulk scanning service using modern scanning techniques, and vintage images enhance and repair with careful retouching to bring back their original quality, reproducing perfectly time after time.

Drum Scanning:

The tool of choice for high-end film applications because drum scanners are capable of capturing very subtle details in film originals, producing exceptionally smooth tonal gradients and a high level of shadow detail.

CCD and Flatbed Scanning:

An alternative to drum scanning, choose digitising your archival prints or retro family photos via our cost-effective CCD or flatbed scanning services.

Archive Scanning:

Metro has built a reputation for high volume archive photo scans, scanning complete photo film libraries, catalogues, family albums, and vintage material from any origination; including from photo prints and slides, to large format negatives.


Direct to Media (DTM) printing is a large-format inkjet printing process using cured UV ink. The process allows images to be printed directly on to almost any surface, using fine full-colour CMYK inks. The ink is sprayed directly on to the printing surface, and then cured by UV light, drying it almost instantly.

As the name suggests, we can print your image directly to almost any flat material of your choice, within any size up to 3x2m and up to 90mm thick. Direct to Media can be highly durable in comparison to traditional substrate-mounted prints, with the added bonus of being water-resistant.

Direct to Media vs Photographic Prints

The Direct to Media method combines printing and mounting into a single process, rather than the traditional print mounted to your chosen substrate. Unlike traditional printing, Direct to Media inks are bonded to the surface of the substrate, resulting in a resistant and long-lasting image that can even be displayed in outdoor exhibitions. The process can open up a whole new way of showing work, introducing alternative printing materials and allowing for more immersive installations.

Due to Direct to Media being alternative printing process, we would always suggest a test print before running a final piece. Every image and material prints differently, allowing for a unique finish for your artwork.

Examples of materials supplied by Metro Imaging:

  • – Perspex
  • – Vinyl
  • – Aluminium
  • – MDF
  • – Dibond (Brushed, White, Mirrored etc.)

Examples of client supplied materials:

  • – Glass
  • – Tile
  • – Mirror
  • – Copper
  • – Textiles
  • – Wood
  • – Slate


Have a material in mind? Get in touch for a quote!


1. DTM on Perspex, installation image from You Will Enter An Oasis © Felicity Hammond
2. DTM on Wood, section of Portrait Salon 2017 installation © Portrait Salon
3. DTM on Leather, installation image from Paul Smith Japan © David Bailey

Metro Imaging have always understood and championed the importance of nurturing emerging talent and it’s benefits to the industry. These sentiments are echoed through our comprehensive student offering which aims to make creativity more accessible to those in education.

Student Discounts

Save money with our generous discounts on our Bespoke Printing and in-lab services, alongside our always affordable and competitive priced Self Service online ordering solution.

– Bespoke C-types & Silver Gelatin: 30%

– Bespoke Giclees, DTM & Vinyl: 20%

– Film processing 20%

– High-quality Drum and CCD film scans 30%

– Retouching 30%

– Mounting & Framing: 10%

For our Self-Service printing and mounting, students or ideally their course lecturers, need to get in touch for a dedicated all-round 10% discount code that can be used on our Self-Service online ordering system.

Student Tours & Visits

We have a designated member of staff who looks after our Student Programme and is in charge of running and guiding the group tours in the lab.

If you feel your establishment would benefit from a talk on professional print relevance or a trip to Metro Imaging headquarters then be sure to get in contact and we’ll be happy to help.

Metro Mentorships

This is a twelve-month programme designed around the needs of the individual and includes creative and conceptual advice; professional and business development; marketing identity and PR; technical experience and networking introductions and opportunities. The process is not by application, instead, it is working in collaboration and consultation with University staff and alumni, the judges identify an individual that is deserving of the support; not necessarily the best student but one who has potential to grow and mature into a successful career artist.

Please email Steve Macleod for more info.

Auto Italia brings ‘Hot Moment’, a new exhibition curated by Radclyffe Hall featuring artists Tessa Boffin, Ingrid Pollard, Jill Posener.

‘Hot Moment’ examines photographic representations that emerge from the threshold of intimacy and public life in the 1980s and 90s. The exhibition presents the work of these three photographers for whom lesbian identity was never a coherent category to be straightforwardly translated to image by the camera. Instead, it signals a style, politics, and an attitude of production.

The exhibition evidences the diversity of photography’s informal distribution networks and audiences in London during the 1980s– from billboards and book covers to club nights and street performance. The images on show emerge from the context of contemporaneous political struggles around reproductive rights, the onset of HIV/AIDS in the UK, the legislation indicated by Section 28, police stop-and-search laws, and up-risings in urban areas.

This is a group portrait of three photographers, one which takes its title from Pollard’s own recollections on the period. At this time, the medium was a critical means to document cultural activity and community organising taking place in live theatre, club spaces, book fairs, and, of course, spaces of political protest. Hot Moment depicts the interlinked activities of these lesbian-identified communities of activists, writers, and performers.

Metro Imaging is pleased to have worked with the gallery producing first the scans of the artwork, to then be printed on black and white fibre-based photographic paper.


Exhibition Details:
Auto Italia, 44 Bonner Road, London E2 9JS
12 January – 14 March 2020
Preview: 11 January, 6-8pm
Opening hours during Condo London: 11 – 12 January, 12-5pm
1. Jill Posener, Dalston, London, 1981. Courtesy of Auto Italia.
2. Jill Posener, Blood Group, Soho Dirt, 1984. Courtesy of Auto Italia.
3. Images from Ingrid Pollard (1989). Exhibition installation shot at Auto Italia Gallery, 2020.

With over 100 galleries and thousands of artists set to exhibit at this years London Art Fair, it promises to be as dynamic, inspiring and engaging as ever. To help you navigate the maze of exhibitions we’ve put together a little snapshot of some the work, events and galleries not to be missed at this years fair…


TAG  Fine Arts | Stand 16

Artists: Dede Johnston

Join TAG Fine Arts on the main floor where they will be exhibiting new original and limited edition artworks from a variety of their artists including Dede Johnston‘s new, atmospheric photographic c-type prints.


Black Box Projects | Stand P21

Artist: Steve Macleod

Tour: ONSITE INSIGHT – Friday 24 January, 2pm

Black Box Projects will host an interactive workshop with Steve Macleod where you can make your own photogram alongside a discussion about his practice.

RSVP to attend: info@blackboxprojects.art

Talk: The Art of Happiness – Saturday 25 January, 2.30 – 3.30 pm

Steve Macleod in conversation with Tim A. Shaw and Niamh White, founders of Hospital Rooms, chaired by Kathlene Fox-Davies, Co-Founder & Director of Black Box Projects.

Book your place here.


Crane Kalman| Stand 21 + 25

Artists: Ellie Davies, Karine Laval

Tour: ONSITE INSIGHTS – Thursday  2pm – 2.15pm

Crane Kalman Gallery will host an onsite talk with artist Jethro Buck

Meeting point: Crane Kalman Gallery (25)

Book your place here


TALK | Collaborate: a celebration of socially-engaged, multi-authored photographic practices

FRI 24 JAN,  12pm – 1pm

This talk considers the ethics, methodologies and reworkings of socially engaged photography and collaborative practice. With photographers Marysa Dowling, Rosy Martin and Becky Warnock in a conversation chaired by artist, writer and educator Anthony Luvera, Associate Professor at Coventry University and editor of Photography For Whom?.

Book your place here


LONDON ART FAIR: Business Design Centre, Islington, London
PREVIEW EVENING: Tues 21 Jan | 6pm – 9pm
PUBLIC FAIR: Wed 22 – Sun 26 Jan
TICKETS can be booked here
  1. London Art Far logo
  2. Dede Johnston with Tag Fine Arts
  3. Steve Macleod selection of works with Black Box Projects
  4. Karine Laval with Crane Kalman Brighton




2020 is a very special year for us at Metro Imaging, as it’s our 40th Anniversary!

Founded by Ben Richardson and his best friend from school, Mike Trevillion, Metro began as a two-man operation, providing black and white printing back in 1980 from a small establishment in Great Titchfield Street. Great energy and a genuine passion for the business soon earned Metro a reputation for quality and innovation, establishing the UK’s original photographic imaging company. From there, we expanded and evolved, along with the photographic industry, to where we are today.

The business rapidly expanded as a skilled and committed team were established. In 1983 the colour department is set up, and by 1985 Metro had relocated to larger premises in Great Sutton Street and, along with it, a 24/7 E6 processing lab is introduced. From then onwards Metro kept moving forward steadily, and by 2000 the business had already expanded into the field of electronic imaging, C-type printing, C41 colour processing and contacting, photo retouching, mounting and framing, online services, and films sales. The Metro group opened branches all across London in Chelsea, Soho, Clerkenwell, and Waterloo.

By the mid-2000s, the photographic industry saw a decline in demand for traditional printing and film processing. Given its fundamental adaptability and flexibility, which has kept us thriving at the forefront of an ever-changing market, Metro relocated to cosier premises in Great Sutton Street, eventually shutting down other branches, with business moving towards digital printing and online services. And whilst the demand for analogue services has grown smaller throughout the years, Metro are proud to still offer a full range of film processing and scanning services, B&W hand printing, and the finest quality Digital C-type and Silver Gelatin printing.

In 2009 came the delivery of one of only ten Superwide Lightjet 500XL printers, and with it Metro Imaging became  one of only two commercial printing labs in Europe, and the only UK lab, to be able to print to 72” wide.  It is the only photographic printer in the world which can print to 10ft x 6ft in one section, making it the number one choice for fine art photographers. The Lightjet had to be craned over the building into the back courtyard, closing off Great Sutton Street for the day, with an entire wall dismantled and rebuilt to accommodate the machine!

By 2012 Metro Imaging was granted the Royal Warrant by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, recognising our close relationship as a supplier to the Duchy of Cornwall for many years.

Metro Imaging’s passion and commitment to excellence and the highest standard of service has made us the most trusted professional photo lab in the UK, establishing us as specialists in the Fine Art and Photography industry amongst galleries, museums, collectors and educational institutions.

We’ll be celebrating at various points throughout the year, so stay tuned! Thank you for an incredible 40 years!

You can find our full timeline via our About page.


2020 is a big one for recent photography graduate Angela Blažanović.

Not only will Blažanović’s work ‘Fragments of A River’ be exhibited as a solo show at the upcoming Free Range Awards, but her work will also be presented as part of Jetsam, a two-person exhibition opening at Sid Motion Gallery this month.

The ‘Fragment of a River’ series reimagines the lost narratives of discarded objects, found along the river Thames; photographs from this ongoing body of work will be shown alongside recent sculptures by artist Laura Green

Jetsam | Angela Blažanović and Laura Green
Private View: Thursday 23rd January 2020 6 – 8 pm
Open: 24th January – 29th February 2020

IMAGES © Angela Blažanović: Fragments of a River

The Free Range Awards are back presenting another stellar collection of solo shows by three visual artists practising a multitude of disciplines: Angela Blažanović, Christoph Jones, and Jennifer Forward-Hayter.

Selected from the 2019 summer graduate shows, the three exhibitions explore plastic pollution, immigration politics, and the performative nature of working life, respectively.

Each artist will occupy a single-unit space along the Truman Brewery’s Dray Walk, and curate their work accordingly with support by both the Free Range and Metro Imaging teams.

The exhibitions on show include:

Angela Blažanović: Fragments of a River
Graduate of  The Cass, Angela was winner of Metro Mentorship Award from Photography Week II for her photographic and sculptural work, which reimagines the lost narratives of discarded objects found along the river Thames.

Christoph Jones: Vaken
Graduate of Oxford Brookes University, Christoph was The Art Week winner of Free Range 2019. The project is split into three separate elements comprising a performance, a sculpture and a video. The Parts 2 and 3 where developed in collaboration with the teenage Syrian refugee, Muhammad Najem.

Jennifer Forward-Hayter: People Buy People
Graduate of Middlesex University, Jennifer was the Photography Week I Metro Mentorship Award for her social documentary project on business professionals depicted through an ‘office space’ installation.

EXHIBITION DATES: 7th – 11th Feb, 12pm – 7pm

PRIVATE VIEW: 6th Feb, 6pm – 10pm

ADDRESS: Units 4, 8 and 11, Dray Walk, Bricklane, E1 6QL


Jennifer Forward-Hayter: People Buy People
Christoph Jones:  Vaken
Angela Blažanović: Fragments of a River

Metro Imaging has the best colour management service that comes with running a long-standing professional lab. The best way to test for colour is to print one of your images, around 10×12 inches and compare it to your screen, and in the lighting environment that it will be displayed in.

Bespoke Service users do not need to worry about paper profiles. In the case of Self-Service, users may use the profiles for soft proofing, but these will be applied by Metro Imaging to the file prior to printing.

We recommend submitting your files to us in Adobe RGB (1998) as we will profile them before they go to print, however, if you are confident in profiling, we have most of our c-type paper profiles available for download down below (to do this, go to Edit > Convert to Profile and from the drop-down box select Adobe RGB (1998)).

Prints under 40 x 30 inches Poli C Type Prints
C-Type Matt Poli Matt
C-Type Gloss Poli Gloss
C-Type Velvet Pure Matt Lambda Fuji Velvet
Giclee Fine Art Use Adobe RGB 98
C-Type Metallic Poli Metallic
Prints over 40 x 30 inches Lambda C Types / B&W prints
Giclee Fine Art Use Adobe RGB 98
C-Type Matt / B&W prints Lambda Matt
C-Type Gloss Lambda Gloss
C-Type Velvet Pure Matt Lambda Velvet
Prints over 50 inches LightJet C Type prints
C-Type Matt LightJet Matt
C-Type Gloss LightJet Gloss

The Rebecca Vassie Trust today announces the fourth annual Rebecca Vassie Memorial Award for emerging photographers, including a bursary worth £3,000.

The award, which funds an early-career photographer in the UK to undertake a narrative photography project, includes £2000 cash prize along with a £1,000-worth of premier printing at Metro Imaging plus support towards industry and public exposure. In addition, up to twelve longlisted applicants join the trust’s Development Network, which offers smaller grants towards educational projects and professional development throughout the year.


The award was created in memory of Rebecca Vassie, a British photographer and photojournalist who died suddenly, aged 30, while on assignment in Uganda in March 2015.


Judges for the award include Caroline Hunter (picture editor, Guardian Weekend magazine), Phil Coomes (picture editor, BBC News Online) and Jennifer Thatcher (critic, curator and lecturer).


Applicants for the award, who must be either from or based in the UK, are asked to submit a proposal setting out a compelling vision for a narrative photography project with a social or political context.

The deadline for submissions is Friday, 27 March 2020.

Submission information is at www.rebeccavassietrust.org.



1. Ebola Screening, Entebbe Airport, Uganda 2014 – Rebecca Vassie

2. Adiga: Circassians in Israel – James Arthur Allen, Winner 2017

3. Pride, Entebbe, Uganda 2014 – Rebecca Vassie