Metro is delighted to be supporting artist Katy Vetch as her latest solo show ‘Videre’ opens at Cob Studios in London this month, producing C Type prints from scanning the original analogue prints.

Videre (taken from Latin, meaning ‘to see’) is the artist’s documentation, through images, of her own version of the 19th Century ‘Grand Tour,’ as she travels to learn and understand the world she inhabits.

Images reflect and document the work she sees, operating as if a botanist discovering, labeling and categorising rare flowers. Vetch examines and creates art works using various papers and linen, different print techniques and by sewing threads through photographic paper, exposing and manipulating light to achieve the sense her intuition found out in the field.

Vetch takes us alongside her on a journey through her lens, revealing an empathic, humanitarian abstract way of seeing.  Images of lives glimpsed in Indian cites are translated through colour, the beads and colours draped across shop fronts, cars and buses or the silk of a sari being blown by the speed of a motor bike. The deserts and plains of Africa evoked through the blood red smear of the sun and red earth and the looming figure of her guide.

For more information about Katy Vetch

Cob Studios, 205 Royal College St, NW1 0SG

Exhibition dates: May 31st – June 4th, PV 30th May
Opening times: Wed– Sun, 12:00 – 6:00pm
Inquires: Contact by email

Images © Katy Vetch

We managed to grab some time with Tom Oldham for a brief interview about his exciting upcoming exhibition, The Herder Boys of Lesotho:

Tom, could you tell us a little about a bit yourself and your background?

I’m a London-based portrait photographer. I have a rich experience in shooting the great and good from music and sporting arenas but do lots of personal projects alongside my commercial work.

How would you describe your photographic style and what inspires you to shoot?

Hmmm, you’re probably better qualified to describe my style than me, but just to help you along, you could include words like iconic, clean and crisp, powerful and of a premium quality. What inspires me to shoot? Apart from obvious things like having a mortgage and two children that seem intent on eating us out of house and home, the need to document every interesting face I see compels me to keep shooting. The drive to want to see and therefore hopefully understand more of the world is continual for me. The extent to which I love my job can’t be underestimated too, it’s given me everything – but please don’t worry – I’m permanently grateful for the perpetual opportunities I seem to attract.

The Herder Boys of Lesotho project which you are exhibiting in June, is unlike your usual work. Could you give us some background details and inspiration for the project?

Well, it’s only unusual in that the subjects aren’t famous musicians, sportspeople or artists I think. These are people with the hardest lives imaginable and are genuine icons of Lesotho, so I feel they deserve the same levels of lighting and lensmanship that any celebrity or sportsperson might. Arguably, more so.  I went to Lesotho in 2009, shooting a group of motorcyclists riding through the mountain kingdom for a wonderful NGO (Riders For Health) and whilst winding through the highest roads on what felt like the top of the world, I would see these blanket-wrapped herder boys tending to their animals. I grew up in the countryside and it really struck a chord with me, so I swore I’d return to shoot their portraits, as I just couldn’t shift the idea from my mind.

Do you have any hopes to develop this project further?

This kind of shooting is the most special work I will ever accomplish – I already know this. It means everything to me and there are so many more incredible stories to be told in every country in Africa. I would love to do this and only this for the rest of my career, so if your readers feel similarly inspired to help me achieve such fantasy, they can contact me through my website or twitter and together we can make this dream a reality. Sound good?

Metro Imaging has printed your work for this exhibition, could you tell us about your experience printing with us? Did you have set ideas about how you wanted your final prints to look, what paper, frames, size etc. prior to coming to us?

It’s a bit like the Hasselblad connection for me really – there’s real comfort in working with a team of people so dedicated on achieving a singular goal, that is absolutely optimizing every aspect of the show’s capabilities. From initial discussions about marketing with Kate O’Neill to production with Courtney, framing options with Nick (an absolute don at his craft) and then the aesthetics of the print show itself with Steve – it’s a very rounded facility on offer. There’s this general assumption that the artist always knows what they want but what kind of idiot wouldn’t seek the counsel of this bunch? Their experience and expertise has brought much to the party I assure you – with more to come too.

You are a Hasselblad ambassador could you give us an idea what that entails?

I wanted to shoot Hasselblad as they are the best, it’s that simple. I bought one and it improved my output immediately and quite dramatically. I started flowing them some work I was enjoying shooting and they posted it on their website – which was a life goal in itself. Then they asked if I would shoot the campaign to launch the new H6D, which I leapt at of course. Their only stipulation on the brief was the delivery date – I could shoot whatever I wanted for their global campaign. Imagine that!? This illustrates everything you need to know about them – Hasselblad are completely focused on photographers first and truly care about your experience. They’ve offered me incredible levels of support but it’s without compromise on my output. I just really respect what they’re trying to achieve with their new kit, I use it and know it’s the best in the world right now so who better to work with?

You worked closely with Metro’s Creative Director, Prof Steve Macleod on the layout and curation of this exhibition, how was this this process for you? How was it for you having someone curate work which, I imagine, is intensely personal to you?

Steve’s been really bloody useful actually. I had a tight edit of images I wanted for the final cut but he really saw a different something in them and we’ve played with the format quite a bit – much to the exhibition’s gain I feel. He’s helped hone them into a flow and format and given them a patience and a sense that will undoubtedly add hugely to the visitor experience – though you best judge the fruit of this for yourselves. Steve’s advice was invaluable, made more so by him being the busiest CD in the capital.

Will any of the prints be available to buy?

Oh yes. Very short editions will be available on 26th June from 11am. See link below.

For more information about Tom Oldham

To buy limited edition prints

White Space, 5 Great Newport Street, London WC2H 7HY

Exhibition dates
: 26th June – 1st July 2017
Opening times: 11:00am – 7:00pm daily

Images © Tom Oldham 2016

Metro is thrilled to be supporting Simon Brann Thorpe in his first UK solo exhibition, Toy Soldiers, which opens at the Hospital Club Gallery, London.  Metro has produced Vinyl prints and large C-type prints for the exhibition which provokes a dialogue on war and conflict, through conceptual art.

At this critical time of socio-economic conflict and upheaval, Toy Soldiers blurs the boundaries between documentary photography and art as Thorpe uses real soldiers, posing as toy soldiers to shine a light upon the impact, legacy and dehumanizing effects of war.

Recently receiving two nominations for the Prix Pictet Award, Toy Soldiers is a unique collaboration between a military commander and Thorpe in the creation of a unique allegory of modern warfare. Through the project Thorpe creates a critical lens through which we view the projected metaphor of war games and reality re-constructed onto the little known conflict in Western Sahara, known as ‘Africa’s last colony’.

Sofia Vollmer Maduro, a Prix Pictet judge, comments,  “By captivating the viewer with the seemingly playful device of ‘Toy Soldiers’, Simon’s images successfully counteract our growing desensitisation to images of conflict. Upon careful viewing, these striking images reveal their poignant message on the fate of victims of warfare, while alerting us to the impact on society of current trends that view war as a game.”

Toy Soldiers is exhibited as part of Photo London, a world-class photography fair and a catalyst for London’s dynamic photography community.  Running between 18th and 21st May 2017, Photo London harnesses the city’s outstanding creative talent and brings together the world’s leading photographers, curators, exhibitors, dealers and the public to celebrate photography, the medium of our time. Incorporating venues including the capital’s major museums, auction houses, galleries large and small, right into the burgeoning creative communities in the East End and South London it is a must for photography lovers and creators.

The Hospital Club, 24, Endell Street, London, WC2H 9HQ

Exhibition dates: 19th – 21st May 2017
Opening times: Mon – Fri: 7am – 2am; Saturday: 8am – 2am; Sunday: 8am – 9pm

For more information about the exhibition
For more information about Simon Brann Thorpe
For information & full Photo London programme details

Images ©SimonBrannThorpe

1. Flag Raising Over Western Sahara
2. Dormant Soldier #17
3. LemTailene Road to Nowhere

Metro is thrilled to be official print sponsor for the third edition of British Journal of Photography’s Breakthrough Awards, offering students and recent graduates an opportunity to showcase their work and launch their careers.

Four outstanding photographers will be selected to have their work presented in a group exhibition in East London in addition to having their work published on BJP’s print, online and digital platforms plus expert advice on launching a successful career in photography

The judging panel consists of experts from the photography, art and publishing industries and will select a Series Award and Single Image Award winner in each category. The winning images will be printed by Metro and exhibited as part of the Free Range Graduate Shows at The Old Truman Brewery in June.  Additionally Metro are supplying each winner with a bespoke printed portfolio following a portfolio review with our print experts, ensuring the best possible start in their photography career.

Winners will also be invited to professional-practice workshops and events taking place during the exhibition and where possible BJP will be happy to facilitate introductions to relevant industry experts.

Entries can be submitted in any format, style or genre and so long as you’re currently studying a BA or MA course (or equivalent), or have graduated with a BA or MA (or equivalent) within the last five years. The course does not have to be photography based.

A 35% discount on entry fees will be given to Metro followers using the promotional code btmetro17 at the checkout. Enter here

Call for entry close Monday 15th May 2017.

For more details about the Awards

Images (2016 Winners)
1. Daragh Soden – Young Dubliners
2. Jan McCullough – Home Instruction Manual
3. Piotr Karpinski – Woman in the Church No.1

The Saatchi Gallery and Huawei have joined forces recently in an initiative that offered artists, photographers and enthusiasts around the globe a chance to show their most creative selfies and take part in a highly publicised competition #SaatchiSelfie

Metro has printed and mounted many of the images in the resulting exhibition which features thousands of entries from around the world and continues at Saatchi Gallery through to the end of May. Entries have taken the form of a photographic selfie in which entrants were encouraged to submit images that were experimental and innovative and took the selfie in exciting new directions.

The show is the world’s first exhibition exploring the history of the selfie from Velazquez to the present day, while celebrating the truly creative potential of a form of expression often derided for its inanity. Showing alongside examples of many influential artists’ work are selfies that have quickly became icons of the digital era – from the beautiful and sublime to the mad, bad and downright dangerous.

For more information
Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York’s HQ, King’s Road, London, SW3 4RY

Exhibition dates: closes 30th May 2017
Opening times: 10:00am-6:00pm, 7 days a week

Entrance to the exhibition is free

Images ©
1.  Dawn Woolley (Overall Winner), Cambridge, UK, The Substitute (holiday)© Dawn Woolley 2017
2.  Ollie Haywardm Tunbridge Wells, UK,    Gayngel 2 © Ollie Hayward 2017
3.  Felicia Hodoroabă-Simion, Romania, Walk with myself in the park© Felicia Hodoroabă-Simion 2017

Metro is delighted to be working with Danny Lowe producing large scale C-type prints for his latest project ‘Brothers’ which opens at the Saatchi Gallery this month, in association with The World Wide Tribe.

Lowe’s individual portraits show refugees he met during a stay in the notorious ‘Jungle’ camp in Calais, Northern France.

Lowe describes the subjects of his images as “The real-life superheroes who represent the victims of the world’s worst atrocities, who take every knock that life could bring, who continue to get kicked when they are down, yet they do so with a smile. With dignity, and with style.

“Meet the most eligible, most employable young men you have ever come across. Polite, charming, courageous and strong, these victims of war and persecution welcomed us into their makeshift shelters with open hearts and cups of tea.”

The images show the men who have rebuilt what they can from the ashesof the main Jungle camp after it was demolished. The community may have been scattered, but the people, with resilience and perseverance and in the face of adversity, have rebuilt what they can in the surrounding areas of Calais where baby ‘Jungles’ have formed and become home to the youth that know no limits.

For more information about Danny Lowe

Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York’s HQ, King’s Rd, London SW3 4RY

Exhibition dates: 28th April – 9th May 2017
Opening times: 10:00am-6:00pm, 7 days a week,
Last entry 5:30pm

Admission to the exhibition is free

Images © Danny Lowe

Metro is proud to have worked with celebrated photographer John Stoddart recently producing black & white fibre prints for his charity exhibition in Los Angeles this May.

Recognised as one of the world’s most renowned photographers John Stoddart is often credited for the return of glamour to popular culture and his career which has spanned over 3 decades includes work for world-renowned publications and brands such as Vogue, Harper’s, EMI and Virgin, photographing every major record label band and establishing himself as a legend photographer and “the Photographer to the Stars.”

This latest exhibition will provide a retrospective look at his illustrious career showing photographic images of celebrities including Sir Antony Hopkins, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Pierce Brosnan and famous bands including The Rolling Stones, to name but a few and will be on show along with boudoir art surrounding the Sofitel’s lobby and Rivera 31 Lounge.

The exhibition is being held in conjunction with Sofitel Hotel, Artography UK Limited and their charity partner, Caterina’s Club which is dedicated to feeding and housing underprivileged children and which will receive a portion of all event sales proceeds.

For information about the exhibition & event
For information about John Stoddart
Private invitation only opening night: 3rd May 2017 at 5:30pm
Exhibition continues until September 2017Sofitel Los Angeles, 8555 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, United StatesImages © John Stoddart

Metro is thrilled once again to be working with London based photographer Bettina von Zwehl on her latest project which takes an alternative look at dog portraiture.  She explains, “Dogs represent so much more to us than we could ever be aware of.  A psychoanalyst friend once told me that dogs rescue us as much as we rescue them.”

The ongoing and long-term project began last year when Bettina took her first canine snap, “I began doing portrait miniatures of people during my residency at the V&A in 2011,”she continued, “From the 16th century until the advent of photography in the mid-19th century, miniature portraits were often presented as tokens of loyalty, friendship or love.  Queen Victoria commissioned a fair amount of dog portrait miniatures during her reign, so when a lady asked if I would consider doing a photographic portrait of her poodle, I felt it made sense to branch out.”

The pooch portraits produced by Metro are Giclée prints measuring just 8.1cm in diameter, strikingly mounted in a black 16cm x 16cm frame and cost £3,000.

Bettina shoots most of the portraits in her London based studio but as interest in her work has grown she has recently been flown to New York to photograph a philanthropist’s two miniature schnauzers and her friends’ Coton de Tuléar and later this year she will travel to Miami to photograph some lucky pugs.

The shoot takes between one and two hours, “I’m interested in making eye contact with the dog and showing the whole animal in its purest form, without distractions,” she says. Potential clients can see the miniature pups pre-commission at Photo London in May and at Masterpiece in London in June.

For more information and to contact Bettina for commission

18th – 21st May 2017:
Photo London,
Somerset House, The Strand, London WC2

29th June – 5th July 2017:
Masterpiece London
South Grounds, The Royal Hospital Chelsea, London SW3

Images © Bettina von Zwehl

Metro is excited to be supporting British street photographer Charlie Kwai, known for his up close and candid approach to photography as his new project Overtime launches with an exhibition in London, along with a book of the same name.

Metro has produced over 20 vinyl portrait prints for the exhibition in which Charlie peers into the obscure and humorous daily grind of the modern businessman. Bringing into sharp focus the cold, hard truth of working in the city Overtime exposes the side effects of riding the high and lows of the stock market, cutting deals and lifetime of lunch at your desk – an amusing and sobering look at the reality and occupational hazards which come with the dogged pursuit of success.

The series of candid photographs were all shot over a two year period within London’s square mile and feature grey unhealthy looking men, morally beaten up as if the out of control system that they help prop up has well and truly taken them for a ride.

For more information about the exhibition

KK Outlet, 44 Hoxton Square. London

Launch Party: Thursday 6th April, 7:00-9:00pm. Contact Danielle Pender for more information about this event

Exhibition dates:
7th – 29th April 2017
Opening times:
Monday – Friday: 9:00am – 6:00pm; Saturday 12:00pm– 5:00pm

Images © Charlie Kwai

Metro is delighted to be sponsoring Sacred Geometries, a photography exhibition to mark the 5th anniversary of Anise Gallery. Drawing its inspiration from trends in contemporary photography and the diverse writings of Plato, author Robert Lawlor and architectural historian Peg Rawes the exhibition is based on themes found in the sacred geometries.

Metro has produced C Type prints for the photography exhibition which features images by Dennis Gilbert, Doublespace, Fernando Guerra, Hélène Binet, Hufton and Crow, Jim Stephenson and John MacLean, alongside film contributions from Paul Raftery and Dan Lowe. Anise Gallery hope to inspire and instigate a conversation surrounding Sacred Geometries.

Traversing through a city the aesthetics of geometry are unavoidable, whether in a grand scale such as skyscraper architecture, or the tiny backs of ladybirds, intricate design can be located in both complex, constructed design patterns and in the minute details in nature.

Sacred geometries have value beyond that of the aesthetic, and are viewed as the coming together of mathematics, nature and spirituality, due to their use in religious iconography. Since ancient Egypt, where geometrics were viewed as a visual manifestation of law and order and later in ancient Greece where they had sacred and scientific properties in helping to solve earthly mysteries.

“Geometric diagrams can be contemplated as still moments revealing a continuous, timeless, universal action generally hidden from our sensory perception”– Robert Lawlor.

For more information about the exhibition

Anise Gallery, 13a Shad Thames, London SE1 2PU

Exhibition dates: 9th March – 15th April 2017
Opening times: Tuesday  – Saturday 11:00am – 5:00pm

6th April 2017: An evening of short talks and discussion in collaboration with Miniclick

Images ©
1. Doublespace
2. Dennis Gilbert
3. Hufton and Crow

The Moon and a Smile exhibition opens in Swansea this month. Metro is thrilled to be supporting artists Anna Fox and Sophy Rickett whose work is part of this group exhibition which celebrates the part Swansea played in the development of photography in the 1840’s and 50’s.

The Dillwyn family circle in particular, was amongst the earliest and most enthusiastic experimenters with the new technology of photography, which was announced in 1839. John Dillwyn Llewellyn (1810-82) and his sister Mary took one of the earliest photographs of a smile whilst his daughter, Thereza, took one of the earliest photographs of the moon. Along with William Henry Fox Talbot an inventor and photography pioneer (1800-1877) and a cousin of Emma, John Dillwyn Llewellyn’s s wife, the family collaborated and experimented together and left a rich and unique record of their experiments, perhaps the most complete record of a family’s intimacy with photography in the 1840s and 50s.

Responding to this unique archive, the Glynn Vivien Gallery has arranged eight new commissions from contemporary international artists.  Each artist has created a distinct rich body of work for the exhibition, following their own practice and inspiration. The exhibition encompasses photography, installation, artist books and moving image, and explores themes of memory, archives, botanics, time, family, and industrialisation.

Anna Fox explains about her work; “The work plays with time and illusion, echoing the provocation of the Dillwyn archive. Each image is constructed with dozens of separate images. First a background plate is created and then, together with a team of assistants I photograph what happens in the location over approximately a 3-hour period. Images of the people are selected and then layered in post-production onto the background.

“This process and it’s results has led me to think more intently about photography time and memory and to consider that a single image, shot at 125th of a second, is not necessarily a memento of an event in the way that an image constructed out of many images and in a few hours might be. The picture made up of many images represents what has been seen over a period of time and so has a new relationship to the notion of what constitutes a documentary photograph. These are slowed down images connected to memories of a period of time in a particular place and an event or series of events that happened there.”

Metro has produced C Type and black and white fibre prints for Sophy Rickett and a large panoramic C Type print mounted to aluminium for Anna Fox.

Their work and the work of Greta Alfaro, Astrid Kruse Jensen, Neeta Madahar, Melanie Rose, Sharon Morris, Helen Sear, Patricia Ziad will be displayed alongside a selection of original 19th century photographs that had particular resonance for their projects, on loan from the Amgueddfa Cymru-National

For more information about the exhibition

Room 3, Glynn Vivian, Alexandra Road,  Swansea SA1 5DZ

Exhibition dates: 4th March – 23rd April 2017
Opening times: 10:00am  – 5:00pm

Admission to the exhibition is free

Gallery Talk
17th March: 12:30-13:30 Room 1
Join writer Kate Best to look at some of the 19th century photographs and contemporary projects in The Moon and a Smile.

Free admission but booking is essential

Images © Anna Fox

Metro is thrilled to be supporting Daniel Castro Garcia and his upcoming solo show ‘Foreigner’, producing, framing and mounting C Type prints for the exhibition which opens in London later this month.

Daniel is a London based photographer and film-maker and winner of this year’s British Journal of Photography International Award.  He began this project in 2015 in response to the imagery used in the media to discuss the issue of migration, which he felt was “sensationalist, alarmist and was not giving people the time and consideration they deserved.”  He explains, “I wanted to approach the subject from a calmer perspective, using photography as a means of meeting the people at the centre the crisis face to face – and of learning something about their lives.”

Travelling across Europe, Daniel visited key areas most affected by refugees and migration: Italy, where they arrive from North Africa; the Balkans and Greece, arriving via Turkey from the Middle East and finally to the migrant camp in Calais, ‘The Jungle’.

The acclaimed book ‘Foreigner: Migration into Europe 2015– 2016’, was the first result of these photographs which Daniel self-published with creative partner designer Thomas Saxby, hoping to change it from a one-off news reportage to get a more in-depth look at people’s lives.

One part of the ‘Foreigner’ exhibition will present a selection of images from the book, along with new portraits, interviews and film footage taken in the past couple of months as Daniel followed the movements of a few people he photographed originally, feeling to continue this work was important.  This personal and intimate approach to the stories of migrants and refugees make the project so powerful.

The second part of the exhibition will be more recently shot footage from Lampedusa and Sicily, filming the people and places he photographed in 2015, along with interviews in which we learn about their journeys and current situation. These are personal journeys which for many are either ongoing or have come to a halt for now, but with the overriding memory that there are many who have not made it this far.

For more informaiton about Daniel Castro Garcia
For more information about Foreigner
T J Boulting, 59 Riding House Street, London, W1W 7EGExhibition dates: 16th March – 8th April 2017
Opening times: Mon – Sat 11:00am – 6:00pmImages © Daniel Castro Garcia

Metro is once again thrilled to be supporting FORMAT17 Portfolio Reviews taking place at the upcoming FORMAT Festival in March.  The review hosts the UK’s largest gathering of professional photography experts offering help and advice to over 80 Photographers.  Aimed at committed photographers with a developed and serious approach to their work including recent graduates the reviews offer a unique opportunity to have work critiqued from a selection of almost 50 industry experts including Art Directors, Picture Editors, Curators, Photographers and gallery owners.

Along with a host of other prizes Metro is providing The Metro Imaging Award which is open to everyone booked at the Review and judged by the reviewers or chosen judges.  Our prize consists of x1 hour consultation with one of our Master Printers, learning about profiling and preparation of work for a fine art finish.  The winner will have the opportunity to discuss the desired finish for their prints and receive set of 12 x 12”x8” C-type Matt/gloss portfolio prints, produced after the session.Established in 2004 FORMAT Festival is now one of the UK’s leading international contemporary festivals of photography and related media. Taking place biennially FORMAT organises a year round programme of international commissions, open calls, residencies, conferences and collaborations in the UK and Internationally – the 2015 festival welcomed over 100,000 visitors from all over the world.

Since its inception each major festival adopts a core theme around which it is curated together with the core structure.  This year’s festival theme is ‘Habitat’ through varied narratives and imagery that document the worlds around us. We will share the experiences and stories that coalesce as we negotiate our complex existence, including the flora, fauna, landscapes and the lives within.

FORMAT 17 takes place in various locations around Derby between 24th March – 23rd April 2017

Portfolio Reviews
The Roundhouse, Roundhouse Rd, Pride Park, Derby, DE24 8JE

Saturday 25 March 2017: 9.30am – 4.00pm
For full details about the Portfolio Reviews and to book

For more information about the FORMAT Festival 2017

Images ©
From the exhibition ‘Ahead still lies the Future’:

Part I: Redo  © Sadie Wechsler

Later this month London based photographer and co-founder of Portrait Salon Carole Evans opens her latest exhibition “No. 473117 – A Man of the Great War” and launches a limited edition artist’s book of the same name.

Metro is delighted to be producing and framing C type prints for the exhibition, which tells the story of the photographer’s Great Uncle, John Llewellyn Evans, who was killed on 1 March 1917, during the preparations for the Battle of Vimy Ridge. The work, made following extensive research into Evans’s life and death by Carole’s nephew Lt Tom Evans of the Welsh Guards, is a series of photographs and archival material following a family pilgrimage to the Pas de Calais in March 2016.

The centenary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, due in April this year, may be overlooked in the UK, but it was a significant Battle in World War 1 in gaining high territory from the Germans, and laying the foundations for the British Battle of Arras.

Carole comments, “John Llewellyn Evans, a Welshman who had emigrated to Canada before war broke out, was one of approximately 4,000 men who died during the Battle of Vimy and its preparations. Thanks to my nephew, Lt Tom Evans of the Welsh Guards, we are fortunate enough to learn about our ancestor, read first hand accounts of his bravery, and visit his graveside. This book tells the story of one man, but represents all the men who fell at the Battle of Vimy and the war as a whole.”

The Army & Navy Club, 36 Pall Mall, St James’s, London SW1Y

Private View & Book Launch
Friday 24 February: 6:00pm – 8:30pm
Military historian Andy Robertshaw will open the exhibition and will put the work into context with his expertise of the Battle of Vimy Ridge.
Please note: Booking is required to attend this event
Admission to this event is free

The Landscape of Conflict
Saturday 25 February: 2:00pm
A Round Table Discussion: Artists Marc Wilson, Andrew Youngson, Gina Glover and Carole Evans discuss the process of photographing the long lasting effects of war which are apparent in our landscape. Each photographer will present their work and be available for Q & A session.
There is an opportunity to have afternoon tea in the Drawing Room of the Army & Navy Club after this event.

Please note: Booking is required to attend this event
Admission to this event is free

Images © Carole Evans

Dutch photographer Luuk Smits was awarded a Metro Mentorship at the Düsseldorf Photo Weekend in 2016.  We caught up with him before the opening of Art Rotterdam recently where he exhibited work he has been producing with Metro as part of his mentorship programme and find out more about what he’s been up to since winning the prize.

Luuk firstly belated congratulations on winning the Metro Mentorship Düsseldorf Photo Weekend Portfolio Prize in 2016. What did you learn or gain from the experts here at Metro during your 12-month mentoring programme?

Thank you! With the help of the team at Metro team I made a decision about how to print the final image for the installation I have been working on. It is a life-size print of part of a pillar so it was quite a technical challenge. Finally using the Lambda Lightjet 500XL printer we produced a over-sized C Type print 124cm x 330cm in size. I documented and made a video of the whole process whilst working with Metro in London and the team helped me out with everything I asked.You have a large exhibit in Prospects & Concepts at Art Rotterdam 2017.  Can you tell us a little bit about this particular piece and your involvement in Art Rotterdam?
In the past year my work has been based around elements of architecture; foundations, floors, walls and facade.  I have developed the work ‘Ancient Pillar’ in the past year, based on the element ‘Foundation’, inspired by the process of how Multiplex is made. During this process a tree, a structure of large size, is shaved down to only a few millimeters thin.  This gave me inspiration to photograph the surface of an old column in Greece.

Prospects & Concepts is an exhibition at Art Rotterdam hosted by the Dutch Mondriaan Foundation. All winners of a Young Talent grant from the foundation in 2015 are exhibiting in the show at Art Rotterdam.

Your style of work focuses on everyday objects and tactile urban landscape and structures – what inspires & draws you to this subject?

The objects I work with are often very accessible and recognizable – I feel some objects come to life and become almost human when they are imperfect. I have sharp eye for these imperfections and work with them to make these often banal things important and give them a new perspective.

When did your interest in photography begin and have you always had an ambition to become a photographer?
I grew up with mechanics around me.  In his spare time my dad worked a lot lot restoring vintage cars and motorbikes. My curiosity about how things work meant I started watching what he was doing, asking a lot of questions about the function of certain parts of the engine or other technical systems. After High school I had to choose a subject to study and I didn’t really know what to do. My sisters boyfriend was photographing a lot in those days and this made me curious about photography. From the sales of a restored moped I bought my first digital camera and went to a technical photography school before going to the Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague, NL

Aside from Art Rotterdam 2017 do you have any interesting current projects or upcoming exhibitions you’d like to share with us?
The Foundation element is the first element in the project; Ancient Pillar (installation) and Modern Pillar (video).  In the coming year I want to develop my work with the other elements; Floor, Wall and Facade.

For the Floor element of my project I got selected to go to a residency at sundaymorning@EKWC in the European Ceramics Work Center in Oisterwijk, NL. I’m really excited about this as I will working continuously for three  months with material on the functionality of a floor.

What are your ultimate photography/career goals?

I would like to curate an exhibition where the works of all the elements – Foundation, Floor, Wall and Facade come together in one space thus creating a city of my own ‘the perfect, imperfect city’.

I’m really excited about the recent developments in my work and practice. Coming from a photography background I used the photographic observation as a starting point for my artistic process.  I’m now working more and more with different materials and media and through this process I hope to develop my artistic practice.

Prospects & Concepts – Mondriaan Fund
Van Nelle Factory Van Nelleweg 1, Rotterdam
Exhibition dates: 8th – 12th February 2017

For more information about Art Rotterdam
For more information about Luuk Smits

Images © Luuk Smits