Exhibition Production Services
As the visual arts industry evolves, the exhibition photo printing, bespoke mounting and framing services available here at Metro have grown enormously over the past ten years. Our Photography Exhibition Services are designed around the needs of artists and photographers who prefer to have a hands-on role in the printing of their work. Described as ‘Bespoke’ this service features many add-on features that make it attractive to artists, photographers and archives working on large complex projects requiring detailed production management from concept to final installation.
Photography in commercial or interior spaces is increasingly popular as more innovative presentation methods become more widely available. At Metro Imaging we have developed products such as Artlite lightboxes and Perspex photo mounting, with interior designers, visual artists and architects needs in mind. Produced exclusively in house, these beautifully constructed objects create a ‘wow factor’ in any interior or commercial space.
IMG © Bespoke Lightboxes for GOOD GRIEF, CHARLIE BROWN! Somerset House.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Metro is thrilled to be supporting London based aerial and landscape photographer Timo Lieber producing Giclée prints for his solo exhibition THAW which opens at Bonhams Gallery in February 2017. Two years in the planning THAW is the result of a collaboration undertaken by Timo and several leading glaciologists. It is a series of eleven […]
The highly anticipated Vogue 100: A Century of Style, exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery opens this week celebrating 100 years of cutting edge fashion, beauty and portrait photography by British Vogue. Showcasing over 280 iconic images from the Condé Nast Archive and international collections the exhibition celebrates the vast range of photography commissioned by […]
C Type Photo Printing
Digital C Type photographic prints produced on our Lambda or Lightjet photographic printers have the archival and tonal benefits of traditional photographic papers, with the advantages of digital photo printing.
C Types are essentially a conventional photographic print from a digital file, and as such are the most suitable option when printing a colour photograph, to display either mounted or framed.
Our Giclée print studio brings together more than 30 years experience in traditional photographic printing, with the technological advancements of inkjet technologies.
Giclée's are a gallery quality inkjet print onto fine art watercolour paper. They are most suitable for printing art illustrations, but can also be used for printing colour and black and white photographs.
Black & White Printing
Metro worked in close collaboration with Harman Technology to develop silver gelatin bromide fibre based and resin coated photographic prints from digital files. This allows museum quality real black and white prints from new or archive digital files.
Resin coated is the cheaper of the two process's, and is suitable for most types of black and white printing, without the danger of a colour cast. Fibre paper takes your images to another level and is great for gallery or museum use.
One of the great features of our new Superwide Lightjet XL500 is the ability to produce mural size photographic Duratrans (up to 3m x 1.8m) at a level of quality unmatched by anything else out there.
Duratrans have to be lit from behind, so need to be mounted in a pre existing rear lit display, or we produce led lightboxes inhouse, essentially a conventional photo frame containing the duratran and an led panel, suitable for exhibitions, museums, homes and galleries.
Direct to Media Printing
Direct to media printing is exactly that; we print your image directly to a substrate of your choice. Be it paper, card, aluminium, Perspex, canvas, wood, slate...
Our Jetrix UV inkjet flatbed printer can print on any flat surface up to 3m x 2m, less than 10cm thick. To ensure your material is suitable, we can print test prints around A4 in size.
Vinyl Phototex is chosen for it’s high quality Giclée finish as well as its ease of application to wall or mounting material due to it’s self-adhesive properties.
We can print on self adhesive vinyl, using our direct to media printer, in strips of 1.5m x 3m and these can be applied to the wall in the fashion of wallpaper to cover a complete wall or interior.
Exhibition Mounting Services
As opposed to reverse mounting, acrylic mounting presents the prints bonded to the surface of an acrylic sheet, on top rather than on the back of the sheet. This presentation is ideal for pop-up exhibitions, however, we would not recommend it for other ways of exhibiting due to the vulnerability of the print to be […]
Perspex® mounting is a contemporary way to present photographic prints for interiors and exhibitions. The print is bonded to Acrylic using a silicon gel and then backed with 2mm Dibond®. Once the Perspex has been bonded to the front of your print the refraction of light through the Perspex® gives a high definition effect and […]
Aluminium mounting is widely popular due to the archival quality of the material. Although considerably heavier and slightly less rigid than Dibond, Aluminium has the advantage of a clean silver edge which many find attractive.
Dibond® is a composite display material comprising two sheets of archival quality thin aluminium with a thermoplastic core. It is valued for its lightweight rigidity and clean white coating. At an additional cost, panels can be supplied with wooden batons up to 40×30 inches or Aluminium sub-frames.
Foamex® is a solid PVC mounting material used for simple, non-archival purposes such as exhibition prints requiring a durable substrate for touring shows or public exhibitions. It is available in both black or white colour, as well as in 3mm and 5mm of thicknesses.
Foamboard is a lightweight mounting material used for large hanging signs and displays or as a smooth and rigid substrate for framing photographs. Prints mounted to foamboard may be attached to the wall using velcro or small nails. Surprisingly sturdy and very light.
MDF mounting is an effective and economical way of displaying prints, available in 9 or 12mm thickness. Although heavy, MDF is very rigid and the painted edges create a finished effect for mounted prints that, especially when sealed, will stand up to the toughest environments.
Kapa® foamboard is a lightweight mounting material used for large hanging signs and displays or as a smooth and rigid substrate for framing photographs. We use Kapa® foamboard, known for its aluminium foil surface, which adds a layer of protection for photographic paper. This material is available in 5 mm and 10 mm sheets.
We use grey centred board made from alpha cellulose providing very high degrees of protection. Our board passes the Silver Tarnish test making it suitable for mounting precious photographs. With a ph value of 7.5 even after 200 years, this board offers very high protection for the future.
Framing for Exhibitions
Similar to tray frames but a more slimline offering. Works are often reverse Perspex float mounted with only a minimal gap between the work and the moulding.
The tray frame is perfect for photographic prints that have been dry mounted and don’t necessarily require glazing. The print is set back slightly below the face of the frame to prevent damage. Tray frames are a good way to display large prints without the cost of specialist glazing. Your print is mounted to Dibond […]
This is a stylish take on the box frame, with your print mounted inside the box, rather than fitted edge to edge. Your print is mounted to 2mm Aluminium to create a sleek borderless surround for your print. There is a gap between the work and the moulding creating a ‘floating’ effect.
Box frames create a space between the print and the glazing, so there is no contact with the glass. Using Waterwhite float glass, your print is mounted first to Foamboard or a similar substrate before being set into a box moulding with a fillet spacer. The fillet keeps the glass and print separate, so the […]
Classic picture frames are available in a wide variety of mouldings from natural woods which are perfect for warm tone prints, to hand stained or satin finishes for a more contemporary feel. When framing with or without a window mount, the classic frame is perfect for showing off strong photographic prints. To discuss your framing […]
We have thousands of frame mouldings available to complement your chosen frame style, including natural wood frames and aluminium frames. Also, we offer a variety of finishing services from sprayed, hand-stained and natural waxes to pre-finished satin and veneer as well as a range of different gilding styles.
We have an extensive range of Framing Glass available. As standard, we use Water White Float glass in 2mm and 3mm thicknesses giving optimum colour rendition. Water White Museum Glass is ideal for deep frames and shadow boxes where UV protection, low reflectance and clarity of image are critical. We also use the Schoot Mirogard […]