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If you want a dead matt print on a true photographic C Type paper, then Fuji’s new ‘velvet’ is for you. This paper has a wonderfully creamy texture with muted tones that works well for low-contrast, black and white or colour images.

Metro Imaging is once again delighted to be partnering with Cork photo for the 2018 festival and sponsoring them with exhibition printing, events, and discounts for participants.

Founded by Louise Maher and Naomi Smith, Cork Photo festival is an artist-led initiative, highlighting local photographers in venues across the City. The open theme and inclusive approach adopted in the first year continues, allowing everyone to take part. They embrace experimentation and encourage viewers to seek out and explore.

The Cork Photo team curates exhibitions by both local and international artists, bringing together independent galleries, arts organisations, individuals, and collectives all wishing to exhibit and celebrate photography. Past festivals have toured with Brighton Photo Fringe and have also showcased work by award-winning photographers Alexandra Lethbridge and Monica Alcazar-Duarte.

The festival is now biennial, taking place during the month of April with a wide range of artists, collectives and local businesses involved. This years program promises to provide an exciting array of quality workshops, events and exhibitions including The Photobook Show – J Book Show,  Triskel 40 Photo Prize and Lomography People’s Choice Awards.

Also on show will be the collective exhibition Elastic which showcases work by photographers acknowledging mental health within practice or process.  This show will involve a mix of Metro’s clients and past mentorship winners -including Lynda laird, Joanne Coates, Jessica McDermott, Courtney Husslemann– in one of the CPF18 main hubs, St.Peters Church.

In addition, there will be a day-long Photo Symposium on Art + Practise involving curator and artist lead tour of Elastic, talk with editor of Source Photographic John Duncan and panel discussion with founders of the art space ‘Dali + Gala’.

Cork Photo Festival runs throughout April with launch night on April 5th and Photo Symposium: Art + Practise on April 6th and you can find out how to get involved here and show your work here.

 

IMAGES ©

Headlight – Ruth Guest for Elastic

Pageant Wounds – Kallie Cheves winner Triskel 40 Photo Prize

Lake Balaton – Silvio Severino

3am: Awake- Elastic

Artists and Emerging Art Dealers: Are you in need of career advice that’s tailored to YOU?

This month Be Smart About Art (BSAA) will host an evening event in London for visual artists to get feedback and insight from art world experts and  Metro is excited to be involved! The event will give participants a chance to meet experts on a one-to-one basis, in addition to participating in roundtable conversations facilitated by industry specialists.

“The experts that I had 1-2-1 sessions with were absolutely amazing and gave me so much confidence and motivation. I would recommend getting involved with Be Smart About Art to anyone. I have a new sense of direction and control over the next phase of my art career and I feel so excited about what the future holds for me!” – Emily Jane Campbell, mixed media artist

Advisers include art dealers and agents, independent curators, artists, tech gurus, journalists, fundraisers and others.

Confirmed Advisers (to date) – more advisers and bios to be announced soon:


1-2-1 ADVISERS:

Anna McNay, Art Writer and Editor offering insight, advice and top tips on getting press in the art world.

Deborah Henry-Pollard, Business Coach for Creatives helping creative professionals discover that the skills and imagination which feed creative work can also support their businesses.

Delia Cabral, international art dealer, consultant, marketing advisor, museum designer, and curator.  She brings to the 1-2-1s years of expertise developed as liaison between collectors, artists, markets and audiences both global, local, emerging and established.

Hazel Reeves, Figurative Sculptor driven to tell the stories of struggles for social justice and to redress the lack of representation of women in public art. Offering insight into making a living as an artist, especially useful for artists initiating cause driven projects and commissions.

Kane Moore, Fundraiser with over a decade’s experience working in the arts and charity sectors who helps make the idea of asking for funding not scary!

Maria Stenfors, Art Consultant & Curator with 20 years experience giving realistic guidance to artists, curators and dealers.

Marine Tanguy, Artist Agent using her expertise in representing talented emerging artists  in combination with her proficiency of current-day working models to provide insight and direction to professional artists and dealers alike.

Sylvie Gormezano, Independent Curator using extensive consultancy background to mentor artists and galleries, encouraging creative and effective working practices.

 

ROUND TABLE DISCUSSIONS:

Inventory Management with Chris King, Photographer (focus: Artwork Archive)

Networking in the Art World with Kate O’Neill , Metro Imaging and The OGC (focus: the importance of networks and promoting your creative career)

Markmaking using Natural Inks with Modern Eccentrics (Jonnathan Dredge & Ross Belton). This Artist Duo will lead hands on creative explorations using natural and handmade materials.

Get inspired and informed with Tim Benson, Artist (focus: building a career as a professional artist including self representation).

Tune into intuition with Tamara Gal-On, Business Coach for Creatives

Why buy from YOU? With Barbara Stanley, Gallerist (focus: identifying what makes you stand out, how and where to clearly communicate this USP, and provide a buying experience that will keep people coming back).

BOOK EARLY! One-to-one bookings are limited in number as each adviser can only do so many one-to-one sessions.   Advisers will be allocated on a first come first served basis.  Once you book your place you will be sent a confirmation email which contains the link to your adviser booking form. Fill this out asap to ensure you have a good shot as your preferred choices of adviser. (Note that the roundtable sessions are decided upon at the time of the event.)

 

You have three attendance options:

> Have two x 121 sessions (20 min each) and attend 4 x roundtable sessions (20 min each) at £55 for BSAA Members and £65 for non-members;

> Have one x 121 session (20 min) and attend 5 x roundtable sessions (20 min each) at £45 for BSAA Members and £55 for non-members;

> Attend 6 x roundtable sessions (20 min each) at £35 for BSAA Members and £45 for non-members.

The event will be emceed by BSAA Founder Susan Mumford – “Art is your life. Make it your living.” 

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Refund Policy: Refunds are available up to 7 days prior to the event taking place. Please direct any questions to savvy@besmartaboutart.com

Date: Jan 29th 2018, 5.45 pm –  9 pm

Location: Hotel Elephant | 1-5 Spare Street | London SE17 3EP (Tube / train / bus stop: Elephant & Castle)

Price: From £35 – £65

See More Info + Book Your Space Now

Metro worked with performing artist Heather Agyepong recently producing C-type prints for her project ‘But We Are Still Here’ which takes place at the Tate Modern this month.

But We Are Still Here provokes thought, questions and through a series of events and activities considers how culture is produced. Onlookers and participants are invited to voice ideas and experiences and to listen to others whilst considering how culture is (re) produced through our everyday behaviours and activities.

Difficult questions are asked in order to provoke debate, reflection, comment and action and what it might feel like to be visible/invisible, sharing responses in the space, exchange ideas and share experiences as well as participating in a diverse range of activities from zine making to poetry, performance to workshops.

The conversation unfolding on the Tate Exchange floor is framed by a series of photographs by Heather Agyepong to create a thought-provoking installation. Reimagined as Ghanaian Ashanti Warrior Yaa Asantewaa, Agyepong appears in a series of images that raise questions of value, ownership and erasure.

For more information and detail about the exhibition and events

Exhibition dates: 16th – 26th November 2017

Opening times: Thursday–Sunday: 12.00pm–6.00pm

Tate Exchange, Level 5, Bankside, London, SE1 9TG

Images © Heather Agyepong Yaa 2017 (detail)

An Exhibition of Oil Paintings, Photographs and Mixed Media

Metro is thrilled to be supporting an exhibition of figurative and abstract images of India, London and Italy in an exhibition presenting photographs produced by John Pheasant, oil paintings by Suchi Chidambaram and jointly produced mixed media works which beautifully combine a photographic image and an oil painting to create a single image.

Suchi and John produced the exciting and innovative mixed media works using a variety of surfaces: fine art paper, canvas and metallic bases like aluminium and Dibond. Using our Direct to Media printer John’s images were printed onto Dibond,  creating an opportunity to combine the two artists’ contrasting approaches, styles and techniques. The resultant dynamic draws the viewer into the image and challenges the imagination.

Suchi, a London based painter, born and raised in southern India is fascinated by perspectives. Her interpretations of urban landscapes are typically not painted in situ but from memory: fragments of visual data mingling with subjective, emotional responses.

John, a photographer with a particular interest in land, cityscapes and portraits, relishes the technical and artistic challenge of using only natural light often in testing conditions, to capture his experiences of the places he visits and the people he meets.

 

Nehru Centre, 8 South Audley Street, London, England, W1K 1HF

Exhibition dates:

23rd October 

from 6:15 pm

24th, 25th, 26th October: 

10:00am – 8:00pm (with wine, soft drinks and nibbles from 6:00pm)

Friday 27th October:

10:00am – 2:00pm

Suchi will be giving painting demonstrations using palette knife and John will be running photography workshops during the exhibition.

For information and times please email John or Suchi

 

Images ©

  1. Val d’Orcia – John Pheasant, Archival pigment print on Dibond, 40×26 inches
  2. Kolkata – John Pheasant, Archival pigment print on Dibond, 18×18 inches
  3. Mandu – Suchi Chidambaram & John Pheasant, Mixed Media on canvas, 20×30 inches
  4. San Giorgio – John Pheasant, Archival pigment print on Dibond, 40×26 inches
  5. Village Elder – John Pheasant, Archival pigment print on Dibond, 36×24 inches

 

 

 

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

Photographic mounting describes a process of using adhesive to fix a photo print to a solid rigid material, known as a substrate. The type of photographic mounting we use at Metroprint uses large rollers to seal photographic prints to a substrate, as opposed to other warm techniques, such as heat mounting. Although photo mounting to card was common for framing photographs for some hundred years, other modern photographic materials such as foamboard, foamex and Aluminium have entered the photographic exhibition market from places like sign-making and museum exhibitions as photographers search for new and innovative methods of displaying images without a frame.

Photographic materials such as MDF and foamboard may be favoured for their durability, but would not be considered archival as they contain chemicals which will eventually colour or even disintegrate photographic paper. Where the archival longevity of a photo print is paramount, photo framing is the only truly archival technique of presenting a photograph, but materials such as Aluminium or dibond may be used where a frame is not desired for aesthetic reasons or those of weight. To help you decide which photo material to use we have prepared a chart below that outlines the relative benefits of each substrate.

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Now in it’s 52nd year, the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2016 exhibition has opened at the Natural History Museum in London, featuring winning images from the prestigious competition that this year attracted a staggering 50,000 entrants from 95 countries across the globe.

The exhibition showcases Earth’s most extraordinary sights; reflecting nature’s beauty and diversity and highlighting the fragility of wildlife on our planet.  Metro is proud once again, to have produced the Duratrans prints for the exhibition, which are viewed in sleek back-lit light panels and make up a striking collection of 100 images.

The winner of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2016 was awarded to American photographer Tim Laman, for his image Entwined Lives which features a critically endangered Bornean orangutan above the Indonesian rainforest.  Spending 3 days rope-climbing the 30 metre tree Tim set up several GoPro cameras that he could trigger remotely, capturing the orangutan’s face from above, within a wide-angle perspective of the forest below.

Sixteen-year-old Gideon Knight from the UK won the Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2016, for his image The Moon and the Crow.  Shot near his home in London it shows a crow perched on the twigs of a sycamore tree, silhouetted against the blue dusk sky and the full Moon.  Gideon commented ‘makes it feel almost supernatural, like something out of a fairy tale,’

The exhibition commences a UK and international tour in 2017 to inspire millions of people across the world to appreciate and conserve the natural world.

For full information about the exhibition and winners
To view the full gallery

Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition, WPY53 is open for entries until 15th December 2016

Full entry details can be found here

The Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BD
Tel: 020 7942 5000

Dates and times
:  21st October 2016 – 10th September 2017
Opening times
: 10.00am -17.50pm (last admission 17.15)

Admission : Adult from £12*, child and concession from £7.50*, family (up to two adults and three children) from £30*
Full pricing details can be found here
Free for Members, Patrons and children under four

Wildlife Photographer of the Year is developed and produced by the
Natural History Museum, London

Images © Wildlife Photographer of the Year

The winners of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2015 have been announced.  Once again this prestigious competition, now in its 51st year received a huge array of entries from all over the world – an astounding 42,000 entries submitted from across 96 countries.

Canadian amateur photographer Don Gutoski was named overall winner for his image ‘Tale of Two Foxes’, a beautiful but haunting portrait of the struggle for life in the subarctic climes of Cape Churchill, Canada.  The Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2015 was awarded to fourteen year old Ondrej Pelánek, from the Czech Republic for his image ‘Ruffs on Display’ shot at the tundra on Norway’s Varanger Peninsula.

The awards comprise of 18 separate categories depicting nature at its finest, from displays of extraordinary animal behaviour to sublime landscapes.

We were thrilled to learn that long-standing Metro Imaging client Britta Jaschinski was awarded The Wildlife Photojournalist Award 2015 – Single Image for her moving image ‘Broken Cats’ which depicts big cats performing at the Seven Star Park in Guilin in 2012.  The cats have had their teeth and claws removed, are drugged and during the show are controlled by poles with metal spikes at the end.

Britta remarks, “This was truly an arena of broken animals. These cats are probably all hybrids of captive-bred animals. The one in the centre is most likely a liger – a cross between a male lion and a female tiger. Ligers are thought to be the largest living felines, tending to exceed the size of both their parent species.”

The acclaimed show celebrates the rich array of life on our planet, reflecting its beauty and highlighting its fragility. After its London premiere, the exhibition embarks on a UK and international tour, to inspire millions of people across the world to appreciate and conserve the natural world.

Metro is proud to have once again produced all 100 Duratrans prints for the London exhibition which are viewed in lightboxes as well as those for the touring show which is due to visit over 10 towns in the UK and 35 or more around the world during late 2015 and 2016, giving millions of people the chance to view the wonderful images.

The 2016 Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition is open for entries between December 2015 and February 2016.

For full winners details and images
For information about how to purchase tickets

For more information about Britta Jascinski

The Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road ,London SW7 5BD

Exhibition dates: 16 October 2015 – 10 April 2016,
Opening times: 10.00am – 5.50pm (last admission 5.15pm)
Ticket prices: Adult £13.50; child and concession £6.75; family £36.90 (up to 2 adults and 3 children)
Free for Members, Patrons and children under 4

Images © Wildlife Photographer of the Year is developed and produced by the Natural History Museum, London

1. Amir Ben Dov   Birds / Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2015
2. Britta Jaschinski / Winner The Wildlife Photojournalist Award: single image 2015
3. Michael AW   Underwater / Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2015

 

Metro worked recently with the Frontline Club, producing mounted C type prints for their upcoming War Zone Freelance Exhibition (WZF).

The WZF Exhibition provides an exclusive look into the work and world of freelance journalists who cover war and conflicts in the Middle East. It is motivated by the desire to pay tribute and provoke debate on the important role those journalists play in bringing news out of conflict areas to the international public, often with little support, at their own expense and at extremely high risk.

After many years working alongside other freelance colleagues American photojournalist Osie Greenway, Danish writer and reporter Anne Alling, Dutch videographer and photojournalist Jeffry Ruigendijk and German writer and photojournalist Benjamin Hiller have created an exhibition which pulls people deep into the reporting process, informs the viewer on the people affected by war in the Middle East region and highlights both the struggles and triumphs of working independently in a high-stakes vocation.

The four WZF journalists will also be taking part in a presentation and talk at the club on Thursday 28th January, providing an in-depth look at the curating of the exhibition as well as the ambition behind the project and a Q & A session with the audience.

Additionally on Friday 29th January a panel discussion will take place on today’s freelancers and the future of the profession. Alongside the WZF journalists will be guest speakers: Benjamin Hiller, German photojournalist and writer; Jean-Paul Marthoz, Committee to Protect Journalists and Vaughan Smith, Frontline Club founder and freelance cameraman.

The Frontline Club, 13 Norfolk Place, London W2 1QJ

Exhibition Details

Dates: 28th January to February 5th 2016

Opening times: 10:00am – 6:00pm
Entrance to the exhibition is free
Evening Events


Presentation of the War Zone Freelance Exhibition 2016
28th January 2016: 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Click here to book tickets *

Panel discussion about today’s freelancers and the future of the profession

29th January 2016: 7:00  – 8:30pm
Click here to book tickets *
* £5 ticket fee is a direct donation to the War Zone Freelance Exhibition.

Images © The War Zone Freelance Exhibition

A new group exhibition ‘Don’t Stop Now: Fashion Photography Next’ opens in Amsterdam later this month featuring images by a collection of individuals that are considered to be a new generation of photographers of fashion, creating ground-breaking work and following in the footsteps of famed colleagues of the established order, such as Mario Testino, Steven Meisel, Jürgen Teller or Inez & Vinoodh.  Metro has produced C-Type prints for artist Axel Hoedt’s part in the exhibition.

Organised by Foam Amsterdam and in collaboration with guest curator Magdalene Keaney, the exhibition offers an exciting glimpse into the wealth of contemporary practices in fashion photography, resulting in a dynamic, colourful and multi-faceted presentation. The title is intended as a positive statement regarding the work of these young photographers, deriving from their current qualities and focused on a promising future.

There are two major characterisations in this exhibition – variety and hybrid, showing diversity in approaches and photographic methods. Contrary to the possibilities presented by digital technology, many emerging photographers turn to analogue techniques and process their own images in the darkroom. Some photographers are particularly interested in the artificial character of the fashion image and are pushing the limits of the medium via manual interventions and manipulation; others, on the contrary, investigate the possibilities offered by the digital aesthetic. To do so, various forms are juxtaposed and combined, such as studio and location shots, and genres such as still life, landscape, portrait and abstraction. Collage, sculpture, installations and performance also naturally assume a place in their method of working. The most important rule is that there are in fact no rules.

Group exhibition with Daniel Jackson, Julia Hetta, Saga Sig, Robi Rodriguez, Erik Madigan, Alice Hawkins, Chad Moore, Samuel Hodge, Tyrone Lebon, Chardchakai Waikawee (Air), Jamie Hawkesworth, Mel Bles, Daniel Sannwald, Axel Hoedt, Laetitia Negre, Jonathan Hallam, Harley Weir, Daniel Riera, Charlie Engman, Hanna Putz, Baker & Evans, Laetitia Hotte, Jacob Sutton, Immo Klink, Ruvan Wijesooryia and Tung Walsh.

For more information about the exhibition

Foam Gallery, Keizersgracht 609, 1017 DS Amsterdam, Netherlands

Exhibition dates: 10th July – 7th September 2014
Opening times: Sat – Wed: 10:00am – 6:00pm; Thurs & Fri: 10:00am – 9:00pm

Concurrent with this exhibition, a book by Magdalene Keaney with the same title will be published by Thames & Hudson.
Following the exhibition at Foam the work will be shown in London at the Fashion Space Gallery and London College of Communication.

Images © Axel Hoedt