This autumn, Tate Britain will open a group of new free displays as part of its ongoing Spotlights programme, including the unveiling of a major new installation, titled Lead White, by Zarina Bhimji, and Metro Imaging was lucky enough to work on the production of a number of prints for the exhibition.
The debut presentation of this new installation by internationally renowned artist Zarina Bhimji consists of over 100 unframed photographs and multiple embroideries. Lead White is a profound meditation on power and beauty. It is the culmination of a decade-long investigation conducted over multiple continents, delving into national archives to capture details of words, lines, stamps and embossing. Bhimji creates poetic narratives by editing and repeating these details as if constructing a musical composition. The work also combines digital and physical crafts – including the use of embroidery for the first time in Bhimji’s practice – drawing attention to textures and traces, light and shadow.
Zarina Bhimji was born in Uganda and lives and works in London. She was nominated for the Turner Prize in 2007, exhibited at Documenta 11 in 2002, and is represented in numerous public collections including Tate, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago and Moderna Museet in Stockholm. Lead White has been commissioned by Sharjah Art Foundation and supported by Arts Council England.
Bhimji says her work is about beauty and issues that are personal and universal. She likens her process to a forensic investigator, looking at records of treaties signed and territories mapped, searching for evidence of what crimes could have been carried out.
19 NOV 2018 – 2 JUN 2019, 10am. – 6pm.
Tate Britain, main floor
Millbank, London SW1P 4RG
All Images by © Zarina Bhimji
Metro Imaging is proud to continue it’s ongoing partnership and support for Portrait Salon 2018. This year, the eighth edition of Portrait Salon will not only be showcasing a selection of rejected work from the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize but will also include rejections from The British Journal of Photography’s Portrait of Britain competition.
Portrait Salon aims to question the place of competitions within the photographic industry, and their role in determining current trends. By accepting these rejected submissions, the intention is to show that there is top quality photography not getting the exposure it deserves.
For this year’s competition, there were no judges: the final selection for Portrait Salon 2018 was completely made by the public. After the submission deadline on September 14th 2018, all entries were available to see via the Portrait Salon website, allowing two weeks for the public to vote for their preferred image. The ones with the most votes would win the chance to be part of the Portrait Salon 2018 exhibition. Over 15,000 votes were placed, with a final selection of 52 portraits. You can read how Tom Hole at Stirtingale crunched the numbers here.
The selected 52 portraits will be projected in the exhibition at Peckham Levels, with a clear indication of which images have been rejected from the Taylor Wessing Prize and which from Portrait of Britain. Accompanying this will be a very special publication designed by Stanley James Press.
27th November, 6.30 to 10.30pm.
Level 5, Peckham Levels
Peckham Town Centre Car Park
95A Rye Lane
London, SE15 4ST.
Collaborating on many of The Photographers’ Gallery’s exhibitions and events over the past few years including Terrence Donovan’s Retrospective Show, Punk London, and their Folio Friday programme.
Official Print Sponsor of Portrait Salon since 2011 and one of the hosts of Portrait Salon’s 2016 Exhibition Tour
Metro are proud to be partners with Autograph, supporting throughout the production of exhibitions. The photography and film Art Gallery explores identity, representation, human rights, and social justice.
Both large- and small-scale Digital C-Type Matt Prints were produced for the show, comprising of previously unseen works from Martins’ most recent projects: Siloquies and Soliloquies on Death, Life and Other Interludes (2016-17), and What Photography has in Common with an Empty Vase (2018).
Martins uses photography to develop a philosophical, quasi-scientific investigation, examining various minimalist concepts of the contemporary urban landscape. Moving between the factual and fictional, between the concrete and the metaphorical, the artist operates within a landscape of uncertainty, permanent flux, transition and opposition. Destinerrance is themed on the object of the letter as a medium of documentation, visibility, and absence, represented here through abstraction, association, with collages and investigative still lives.
Destinerrance is a term proposed by the French philosopher Jacques Derrida in his seminal book La Carte Postale. According to the author, Destinerrance combines notions of destination and destiny with error or errancy. The images included in this exhibition tap into Derrida’s conception of Destinerrance; the work explores the philosophical concept of absence and addresses a broader consideration of the status of the photograph when questions of visibility and documentation overlap.
From a humanist perspective, the work seeks to reflect on how one deals with the absence of a loved one, brought on by enforced separation. From an ontological perspective it seeks answers to the following questions: how does one represent a subject that eludes visualization, that is absent or hidden from view? How does photography address the politics of visibility in an era that privileges transparency but is also sceptical of fact? And what does it mean for photography, in an epistemological, ontological, aesthetic and ethical sense, if it does not identify with the referent but the absence of the referent?
Exhibition dates: 12 October – 10 November 2018
Opening Times: Mon – Fri 10am – 6pm & Sat 11am – 6pm
Purdy Hicks Gallery
25 Thurloe Street
London, SW7 2LQ
Information © Purdy Hicks Gallery Press Release
Images © Edgar Martins, all via www.edgarmartins.com
Rothko’s death changed everything Dead man tell no tales, 2017
Destinerrance Installation at Purdy Hicks Gallery, 2018
Destinerrance Installation at Purdy Hicks Gallery, 2018
As main partners and official print sponsors of Brighton Photo Fringe 2018, Metro Imaging were delighted to be invited to present a show as part of the festival, showcasing a mix of artwork from our talented members of staff, as well as a selection our Metro Imaging Mentorship winners.
In 2005 Metro Imaging established a Mentorship platform to support photographers and graduates making the transition out of education or a self-taught background. The programme has gone on to be highly regarded in the industry as a vital stepping-stone into the creative industries, with notable mentees such as Felicity Hammond, Carl Bigmore, and Alexander Mourant.
This year, Metro invited LCC graduates Sophie Hambling & Shahram Saadat to curate the exhibition of Mentors & Mentees. Artefact is a mixed collection of work by current Mentorship Winners: Polly Evans, Emily Marshall, Cole Quirke, Scarlett Platel, Zoë Sim, and Nathaniel White, along with pieces by Metro’s own team: David Brazier, Nick Holyman, Patrick Kelly, Vanessa Short and Ciarán Woolcombe, all of which will be on show throughout the festival at Phoenix Brighton.
The varied group exhibition includes a mix of media, such as Black & White Hand Prints, Digital C-type printing on a range of papers, moving image, collage, Photogravures, and Bespoke Mounting & Framing.
29 September–27 October
BPF18 Collectives’ & Youth Hub
10-14 Waterloo Place
Brighton, BN2 9NB
- Exhibition artwork designed by Sophie Hambling & Shahram Saadat.
- Ciarán Woolcombe – Owen Gaming, 2017.
Bespoke C-type Matt Print, Matt Seal, Bespoke Tray Frame.
- Zoë Sim – Friston Forest Glitch 3.
Bespoke C-type Supergloss Print, Dibond Mounting + Subframe.
This September held the launch of Marc Vallée’s solo show London & Paris 2011-2018 in Metro Imaging’s Front of House, showcasing a range of printing techniques throughout the exhibition, the process of which was documented by photographer Alexander Christie.
Having worked closely with Marc for a number of years, it has been especially fascinating to collaborate with him on this, as London & Paris 2011-2018 brings together work from multiple projects for the first time, including Writers, Number Six, Vandals and the City, The Graffiti Trucks of Paris and The Graffiti Trucks of London.
We spoke to Marc about the process of working together:
‘The bottom line with working with Metro is the quality of the work. I like the dark aesthetic of many contemporary Japanese photobooks for both my zines and prints. Most of the prints in the Metro show are digital fibre-based silver gelatin prints which really do work and blow me away every time I look at them.’
Curated by Metro’s Steve Macleod, the exhibition hosts 19 pieces of artwork, featuring Black & White Digital Fibre-based images, printed by master Lambda operator Sean Mulcahy, mounted to Dibond in Bespoke Frames hand-crafted in our framing workshop. The exhibition also includes images printed directly onto Brushed Dibond and Foamex with our large format UV printer, plus Adhesive Vinyl.
As featured in Hero Magazine, Director Steve Macleod comments on Marc’s work:
‘Disruptive; dirty; honest and essential – this is how I would describe Marc Vallée’s practice. Marc brings our focus into sharp relief, exploring a world that is frequently overlooked and more often misunderstood. However, you do not have to fully understand the nocturnal world that Marc and his subjects often occupy, as there is a serene poetry in every image that goes beyond documentary recording.’
Marc Vallée: London & Paris 2011-2018 runs at Metro Imaging Front of House from September 14th – December 21st 2018.
Don’t miss out on the first time this collection of work has been shown altogether!
Images by: © Alexander Christie
Industry partners with BSAA, a professional development organisation that helps artists, gallerists and other creative professionals thrive in the art market.
Metro works in collaboration with Made in Arts London offering mentorship programmes, partner discounts, and talks to encourage and support emerging photographers.
Metro Imaging are proud to join forces with the Africa MediaWorks Photography Prize, a brand new platform for artists across the African continent, an important new addition to London’s photography scene, and Britain’s first major African photography prize. The competition will showcase contemporary artists who have begun to build a reputation for their high-quality work and are now being recognised globally.
A distinguished international jury of African Art experts have nominated the work of 15 photographers based in countries such as Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa, Ethiopia, Benin and Senegal, as well as artists with diverse African heritage working in the UK. A selected shortlist of 6 photographers will be going on display at the gallery of HKS Architects in London’s Fitzrovia. One overall winner will be announced during the opening and awarded a £5000 grant to produce a further body of work. The varied work on display includes C-type, Giclée Fine Art, and Black and White Fibre-based printing, mounted to aluminium and framed using our custom Hire Frames. The exhibition also features our Adhesive Vinyl and Direct to Media Printing.
The selected 6 artists on show are:
Metro’s Creative Director, Professor Steve Macleod, has produced and curated the exhibition in partnership with the broadcasting company and organisers, AfricaMedia Works. Read more about the exhibition in Nataal’s feature where Steve comments:
“The quality of fine-art and contemporary photography across the African continent is astonishing and should be considered in the same breath as the best photographic artistry of the West. AfricaMedia Works Photography Prize is a presentation of great works by artists that deserve more recognition. We hope the prize will become a permanent fixture on the London photography scene.”
See the full nominee information here.
Exhibition Dates: 4th – 11th October 2018
Elsley House, 24–30 Great Titchfield St
London, W1W 8BF
Images © Laeïla Adjovi & Rahima Gambo
This October brings the opening of A New Beginning, the annual exhibition of the refugee employment charity Breaking Barriers, to be held at Protein Studios. Metro Imaging have been thrilled to provide production support throughout the undertaking of this group portrait exhibition, co-curated by Rebecca McClelland and Breaking Barriers. The show will display a series of portraits exploring both documentary and fashion photography, all printed directly onto Adhesive Vinyl .
A New Beginning conveys the stories of ten people, and the support the charity has provided them, via interviews by multi award-winning journalist Samira Shackle and photographic portraits taken by the photographers:
Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin
Jo Metson Scott
Subjects featured include a Syrian family arriving in the UK on an official resettlement programme, without speaking a word of English; a gay man from Egypt seeking personal freedom; a Yemeni Human Rights Advocate displaced by war; a Kurdish political activist forced to flee from Turkey after being handed a jail sentence in childhood; and a teenager from Eritrea making the wildly dangerous illegal overland journey to Britain. They are different ages, from different corners of the world, seeking refuge for a wildly varying host of reasons.
The exhibition highlights significant relationships in the refugees’ daily lives, and offers an alternative way of thinking about their individual stories and cultures, breaking with a heavily defined representation of refugees and displacement. At times, the images and stories describe harrowing journeys and challenging circumstances, but also show startling human resilience, and how hope and optimism that can emerge from personal connections. A New Beginning is a truly moving and enlightening exhibition that you won’t want to miss.
Private View: Wednesday 3rd October, 6:00pm-9:00 pm
Exhibition continues: 4th – 7th October, 8.30am-6pm
31 New Inn Yard
London, EC2A 3EY
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Official Print and Framing Partner for Calvert 22 Foundation’s New East Photo Prize Exhibition
Official Print and Framing Partner for Brighton Photo Fringe since 2012, providing mentorship award and professional development talks
Supporting Partners of PhotoVoice, organisation promoting the ethical use of photography for positive social change, through delivering innovative participatory photography projects.
Metro interviewed Jamie Murray, MA student from the University of the West of England Bristol, and the THRESHOLD Student Photo Award Winner.
- Firstly congratulations on winning the THRESHOLD Student Photo Award, what does it mean to you to have won?
Thank you! It means a lot to be selected for any award, but especially so from Metro. I know the quality of the work you produce and can’t wait to work together on some prints.
- You won your award with the work ‘Soul’, part of your on-going project ‘A Folly of Our Own, 2018’, can you explain a little about the background of the project?
Soul is an ex-prisoner who I sat down with to talk through his experience of incarceration. This meeting is one of a number of face-to-face meetings I have had with ex-prisoners to try and get more of an insight into the affects of the institution of prison. During these conversations, I also make portraits and take notes of what is said in an effort to collect various materials I can refer back to.
I am interested in the notion of documentary within photography and what it means to tell a story from varying perspectives. In a previous work, I sailed with a Royal Navy ship back from their deployment in the Persian Gulf. Although I inherited the feelings of the ship I was on and photographed their story, the work still resided in a place defined by my perspective. If I had spent one day, one week, one month in prison I would not have matched the collective experience of prisoners. There is something about hearing the stories told, embellished in all their glory or sadness, that allows you true insight into the folklore of that place. The experience that counts is the one we remember, and the experience we remember is the story that we tell.
- Part of the First Place prize is a year’s mentorship with Metro Imaging, what are you looking forward to learning or hoping to gain from the experts here at Metro?
I have always been interested in the production of photography, whether in prints, books or on screen. I worked in a lab for a number of years which gave me a grounding in the processes used in contemporary printing, I am keen to learn how the professional printers can add something to the final prints. This can hopefully be translated into the production of artist books, which is something I am heavily working on right now.
I’m also always interested in hearing what people from varying backgrounds think about my images, both individually and as a sequence. I can only imagine how many images go through Metro’s doors every day, it must be an incredible cross-section. It is something I miss about working in a lab, you feel like you have your finger on the pulse of what people are shooting. It would be interesting to know what everyone at Metro thinks about these varying visual trends and where they are going.
- How would you describe your photographic style and what inspires you to shoot?
Style is a hard thing to define. So far, I have preferred to err on the side of melancholy, but that is not something set in stone. I shoot colour, that was the largest stylistic choice I have made in recent history. I had spent years working with black and white, heavily informed by my influences from when I started photography. The watershed of moving to colour allowed me a freedom to interpret the world in a way less inhibited by what I had seen before.
The inspiration to shoot is like an ever-returning itch. You scratch it when you come across a picture that surprises you, or that helps you see that moment in a renewed light, however a day or two later the itch returns. The more these different moments begin to play off each other, the stronger the itch comes back.
- We know photographers always have one eye on their next project, do you have any current projects or upcoming exhibitions you’d like to use your awarded £1000 credit for?
I am in the process of adding to what I have been working on for just over a year now. The work started with Albatross, made whilst on the warship, and has grown to encompass the prison and school as topics as well. It is broaching the ideas of institution and where the affects of these institutions reside in contemporary society. The credit will in some way go towards producing this work. I am having an exhibition of Albatross early next year, that will be the first project to work on.
- What are your ultimate photography/career goals?
If I have an ultimate goal, then I don’t want to know what it is right now. There is something quite freeing about not knowing where each choice might take you. This is also present when it comes to making work if it can be planned, conceptualised and then carried out there is a much larger chance of creating something derivative. This is also where collaboration becomes a key point within photography. Collaboration is one way of creating the unexpected. I think it’s healthy for the often-solo photographer to let go of the self and allow others to come in and provide vital new influences and reinvigorate the work, a great example of this is working with a printer.
Ideally, if I can continue to explore the themes that interest me, make work from them, and then produce that work into prints or books then I think will be happy with my lot.
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Metro teams up with PYLOT magazine, in collaboration with Fuji Film.
Involved with Black Box Projects, art gallery specialising in contemporary art which is created using photographic materials. Metro have worked closely with their team and artists producing a mix of bespoke frames, fine art Giclée prints and photographic vinyl for exhibitions.
Partnering with SATORI Magazine, to offer visual artists a Mentorship Award, supporting them with professional development, career direction, and industry insight.
Collaborating with Lenscloud, Fine Art Photography platform that aims to democratise art investment for emerging and established collectors, co-creating useful related content.
Metro is one of the sponsors of The Secret Art Prize, presented by Curious Duke Gallery. Award open to all urban and contemporary artists; welcoming disciplines of painting, sculpture, drawing, printmaking, and photography.
Metro works closely with the artists, supporting throughout the production of installations and exhibitions. Hospital Rooms is an arts and mental health charity that transform locked and secure wards with museum-quality artwork.
Metro supports Accumulate, a youth charity empowering homeless people through creativity, by collaborating in photography workshops.
Sponsoring First Women by printing exhibition materials for the First Women Project. The partnership was formed after Metro featured the project in 2014 following a creative consultation to review the First Women Portfolio.
Metro Imaging is collaborating with Lenscloud, a Fine Art Photography platform that aims to democratise art investment for emerging and established collectors, creating useful content in Fine Art Printing and trends in the market.
Lenscloud wants to help fine-art photography enthusiasts build: a timeless, ever-growing, personal collection fuelled by a user’s own rapidly expanding awareness into the practices for smart and savvy art investing as well as a refinement of their own tastes and profile as a collector.
The functional platform realises the three goals of learning, collecting and investing through its gallery feature, info-based sections, and facilitating art purchases through e-commerce. This allows fine-art enthusiasts to view and create collections, build knowledge and expertise in the fine art photography scene and purchase directly on the platform.
As a self-styled ‘source’ for art discovery and investing, Lenscloud works directly with artists, archives and foundations, which gives users the assurance that pieces they purchase have a guarantee of authenticity.
For now, in a world of digital reproduction and unverified opinions, this bid to authenticity is at the ‘heart’ of art. Says the brains behind Lenscloud, founder Laurent Cottier, a personal collection − from the choice of pieces to the very placement of them − is as unique to the collector as a thumbprint, expressing their own eye for design, movement, spatial flow and, most of all, meaning.
For art to make meaning and impact a physical space in the digital age, Cottier is re-imagining the structure of online galleries and the function of e-commerce. Lenscloud offers users a one-stop hub for art.
Interested collectors can easily sign-up and create an account to begin browsing and engaging with Lenscloud’s active community of like-minded investors, collectors and, above all, lovers of art.
Enter Lenscloud, a just-launched digital home for art, where emerging and established artists come together with budding culture-lovers, burgeoning collectors and would-be investors in fine-art photography.
Partners with Fujifilm UK in production for exhibitions, collaborating in photography award and prizes, as well as photography workshops.
Partners with Pixel Rights, a platform for design and development of professional websites for photographers.
Supporting IAFOR for consecutive years with one of the Grand Prizes, the Metro Mentorship Programme & £1,000 GBP production credit for the winner.
It has been a long and difficult process for our judges to pick the finalists for our Metro Student Competition, due to such a high standard of work submitted. Thank you for all who took part and to our judges: Steve Macleod, Carole Evans & Owen Harvey!
We are pleased to announce that the following artists have been chosen to exhibit in our Front of House in September:
- Molly Budd – People’s Choice
- Inese Golde
- China Hopson
- Melanie King – Honourable Mention
- Caterina Lombardi
- Jamie E. Murray – First Prize
- Laura Robinson
The exhibition will run from Monday 3rd to Friday 7th September at Metro Imaging Front of House, with the Private View and Award Ceremony taking place on Wednesday 5th September 18:30 – 20:30. On the evening of the 5th, the prizes will be announced:
FIRST PRIZE AND OVERALL WINNER: will win a 12 month, individually tailored Mentorship at Metro Imaging & £1000 production credit to spend on Bespoke Services.
SIX SHORTLISTED WINNERS: will receive a £50 Metro Imaging Gift Voucher.
One shortlist winner will also be awarded an HONOURABLE MENTION, winning £50 worth of B&W film.
Lastly, we are excited to announce that you can be involved with our final prize, THE PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD! You can now vote and support your favourite shortlisted THRESHOLD entry.
The People’s Choice will be awarded:
- x1 Bespoke Printing session with an expert technician
- x10 16×12” Bespoke Digital C-type Prints worth £370.00
- x1 One-to-one session to discuss career development and provide the best advice going forward with their portfolio
Voting for The People’s Choice Award has now closed.
RSVP to the Private View here.
All images © to the individual artists.
Metro Imaging are proud to be partnering with SATORI to offer visual artists the chance to win a tailored Mentorship Award, which will support them with professional development, career direction, and industry insight.
SATORI is a creative forum to share work, thoughts, feelings, inspirations, fears, opinions and more.
Each issue begins with a simple theme and a short piece of text; together they serve as an open brief to a diverse group of contributors from a variety of different backgrounds.
SATORI Issue Three –The Issue of ‘Aesthetics’ (a set of principles concerned with the nature and appreciation of beauty) will feature over 100 pages of original content from acclaimed writers including Alison Bean, Rebecca Pearson, Pico Iyer, BJ Miller, and Ken Hollings, and an amazing selection of art and photography from Sam Copeland, Chiara Zonca, Alberrán Cabrera, and Evan D’Arpino to name but a few.
The launch event for Issue Three of SATORI will take place the Thursday 9th August 6-8 pm at The Photographers’ Gallery, 16 – 18 Ramillies Street, London W1F 7LW.
An edition of limited prints, courtesy of Metro Imaging, will be given away with the first 50 copies sold, as part of the new partnering, and the Metro x SATORI Mentorship Award will be officially announced.
To find out more about Metro Imaging x SATORI Mentorship Award, please visit metroimaging.co.uk/satori
Image ©: SATORI Issue 3 – Cover image by Sam Copeland
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The Copenhagen-based collective Sara, Peter & Tobias, winners of the International Photography Award 2018, will be showing their award-winner series The Merge, at the British Journal of Photographys’ International Photography Award (BJP IPA) 2018 exhibition, opening with the PV on Thursday 12th July 2018 at TJ Boulting.
The Merge explores and visually interprets the possibility that our reality does not exist as we believe it to, but that instead, we live in a simulation. Could it be that our world is just a construct – a created illusion?
The Merge visually entertains the simulation theory. It artistically investigates what consequences supercomputers, artificial intelligence and robots have on our future society. By looking at interactions between man and machine it explores how this accelerated digitized paradigm will affect our emotional, social and moral norms.
The project employs an array of photographic tools to document human existence as we move rapidly towards a point in history where physical and digital worlds will become so intertwined, that it will be impossible to distinguish between the two. The time is now for documenting how the revolution of artificial intelligence and robotics is rapidly changing our world, real or not.
The Merge aims to debate the subject’s complexity and the images balance between realism and imagination, leaving space for multiple interpretations and engaging a dialogue with the audience about the landscape of our future: If life is a simulation, where should we look to understand the world we live in?
Private View: Thursday 12th July 2018, 6.30 – 8.30pm
Exhibition continues: 13th July – 11th August
TJ Boulting Gallery
59 RIDING HOUSE STREET
LONDON W1W 7EG
Supporting the Award for consecutive years, awarding the winner to x20 Premier Prints, plus a Lab Tour, and a Portfolio Review with Creative Director Steve McLeod.
Collaborations with Saatchi&Saatchi for different exhibitions.
Come down to explore our South London workshop, and join us for a framing and curating coffee morning. Meet the experts behind every piece we create and discover cost-effective and archival solutions for finishing, preserving and installing artworks.
We will also be joined by our industry partners, TAGSMART – pioneers in digital tagging, authentication and certification services in the Art Market.
Through live demonstrations, gain tips on curating and exhibiting over coffee and refreshments. Plus, get a chance to win a £250 voucher for our Mounting and Framing services.
We’re looking forward to your visit!
Tuesday 3rd July
11 am – 1 pm
Metro Framing HQ
106 Tinworth Street
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