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COVID-19: Customer Info + Guidance

As always, the safety and wellbeing of our clients, partners and staff is priority. With the current climate in mind, and latest health guidelines issued we will now be closing all Metro Imaging (inc. Metro Framing and Metro Print) premises from today, Monday March 23rd, until further notice. We are continuing to monitor all Government instructions relating to the COVID-19 + more

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Prix Pictet Award: Gideon Mendel 

Metro Imaging recently had the pleasure of working closely with London-based, South African Photographer Gideon Mendel in producing his 2019 Prix Pictet Award shortlisted series Damage: A Testament of Faded Memory. The theme for the eighth cycle of the Prix Pictet is Hope, a theme that offers a wide range of creative possibilities and a strong set of connections to the Prix + more

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Tim Walker: Wonderful People

Following the highly successful launch of Wonderful Things at The V&A, Michael Hoppen presents Wonderful People by Tim Walker – the first private gallery exhibition of work by the world-renowned photographer. For this exclusive show, Walker and Hoppen have delved through the archives to uncover wonderful pictures of wonderful people in wonderful places – often doing wonderful things! Hoppen Gallery + more

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Wellcome Collection: Play Well

Why do we play? How important is it for all of us, young or old? What does it mean to play well? The Wellcome Collection brings an interactive and playful exhibition this autumn. Play Well examines the importance of play in childhood and the impactful role it has on both young and adults and across society at large. It explores + more

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Shot In Soho x The Photographers’ Gallery

From market-place to movie-set, sex shop to a coffee bar, crime scene to cabaret, Soho has always been an unfolding and complex spectacle, central to the music, fashion, design, film and sex industries alongside being a vibrant hub for LGBTQ+ communities. It has also, across the centuries, been home to a variety of immigrant communities from the French Huguenots, through + more

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Daniel Meadows: Now & Then

Daniel Meadows, one of Britain’s foremost documentary photographers, has been authentically capturing British life and celebrating what he calls ‘the felt life of the great ordinary’ for almost half a century. Daniel Meadows: Now and Then presents pairs of portraits taken in the 1970s and again in the 1990s, alongside short films explaining how the pictures came about and what + more

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V&A: Tim Walker – Wonderful Things

This autumn the V&A brings us on an immersive journey into the fantastical worlds created by one of the world’s most inventive photographers Tim Walker. Metro Imaging are delighted to have provided production for multiple works on show as part of this outstanding new exhibition created by Walker and designed by leading British creative, Shona Heath. “If we have so + more

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‘Her Ground’ Exhibition at Flowers Gallery

Her Ground includes nine international contemporary artists, each approaching ideas of landscape and the connections to be found between landscape and cultural identity from their varied perspectives. Works on view explore notions of power, agency and sexual politics, concerning the control, access and definition of land, amongst others. Often the landscape is presented in fragmented or constructed forms, incorporating new + more

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The National Maritime Museum: Major Exhibition ‘The Moon’

To celebrate 50 years since NASA’s Apollo 11 mission and the first humans landing on the Moon, the National Maritime Museum presents The Moon, the UK’s biggest exhibition dedicated to the Earth’s most important satellite. Featuring over 180 objects from national and international museums and private collections, the exhibition explores our relationship with the Moon over time and across civilisations from a + more

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GET UP, STAND UP NOW! at Somerset House

Metro Imaging was once again delighted to be working with Somerset House on another captivating and significant exhibition. For ‘Get- Up, Stand up Now!‘, we produced a selection of artworks in various formats beginning with high-res drum scans followed by creative retouch before printing works on c-type matt, c-type metallic and black & white fibre papers. The printed artworks were then + more

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British Rock Photography by Tom Sheehan

British legendary rock photographer, Tom Sheehan, has collaborated with restaurant roast in Borough Market, to show a bespoke selection of his images of iconic British musicians from an archive spanning over forty years as a celebrated freelance photographer in the music business. While continuing to photograph bands, he has recently published four deluxe editions of some of his favourite subjects, Paul Weller, + more

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Peckham 24: Photographic Memory by Baud Postma

Do you remember the event or the photograph of it? Do our photographs reflect reality or create a new one? Do you trust your memories or do they change as you do? To what extent does photography impact who we think we are? In Photographic memory, Baud Postma will consider these questions through an exploration of the interconnected themes of + more

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Peckham 24: Martin Seeds at Seen Fifteen

Metro is pleased to have supported Seen Fifteen and photographer and previous Metro Mentorship Winner, Martin Seeds, for the presentation of his solo exhibition ‘VIOLENCE RELIGION INJUSTICE DEATH’. The northern Irish artist Martin Seeds grew up in Belfast at the height of the civil conflict, The Troubles, in the 1970s and 1980s. Through his practice, he engages with the conflicting experiences of Northern + more

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Haris Nukem: FAITH

This April, artist Haris Nukem opens his latest solo exhibition FAITH in Central London. Curated by  Penelope Sonder, Head of Urban Art Dept at Chiswick Auctions, this exhibition brings together 21 unseen new works of Nukem’s portraits on the theme of faith in the 21st century. This colourful collection aims to portray the guiding ideologies that surround millennial culture and + more

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Magnum Photos: The Body Observed

March sees the launch of a major new photography exhibition by Magnum Photos at the Sainsbury Centre, Norwich. The Body Observed will include over 130 works from the 1930s to the present, including the following artists: Eve ArnoldOlivia ArthurWerner BischofAntoine d’AgataBieke DepoorterCristina García RoderoBruce GildenPhilippe HalsmanHerbert ListSusan MeiselasMiguel Rio BrancoAlessandra SanguinettiAlec Soth The exhibition will include archival prints and frames, + more

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PRINCE – A London Private View: Afshin Shahidi

We are excited to be working with cinematographer Afshin Shahidi on his first photography exhibition, launching this February, and documenting his intimate working relationship with the artist Prince. Our expert production team worked closely with Shahidi, producing a selection of his works as Fine Art Giclée prints on Hahnemühle Fine Art Baryta paper, and finished with Bespoke Wooden Frames. The exhibition will + more

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Birth: Grayson Perry by Richard Ansett

Created by renowned photographer Richard Ansett, this new portrait at the Fitzrovia Chapel focuses on Grayson Perry’s alter ego, Claire.  ‘Claire is not a natural mother. This is a trans-immaculate conception and a perfect synergy with The Fitzrovia Chapel.’ said Ansett of his new work ‘Birth’. The 60×40″ photographic portrait is produced onto Kodak Duratran, then reverse mounted on acrylic, by our expert printing and + more

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English as a Second Language at Somerset House

This winter Somerset House presents Hanna Moon & Joyce Ng: English As A Second Language, a new photography exhibition celebrating the work of two of the most exciting photographers working in fashion today. This combined exhibition celebrates the vitality and importance of fresh perspectives within fashion photography in our globalised and interconnected world. Employing an otherworldly and playful approach to their + more

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209 Women x Metro Framing

On 14 December 1918 women in the United Kingdom voted for the first time, and in the same year the first female MP was elected. Launching 14 December 2018, 209 Women marks that significant moment in history, whilst also highlighting the ongoing need for further gender equality across society and politics. Metro Imaging is delighted to be collaborating with this landmark + more

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Africa MediaWorks Photography Prize

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 + more

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Marc Vallée: London & Paris 2011-2018

Marc Vallée: London & Paris 2011-2018 is a Metro in-house solo show launched this past September. Marc Vallée (b.1968) is a London-based documentary photographer whose work focuses on contemporary youth culture within the context of the neoliberal city. Marc’s work has been published and exhibited worldwide, while Tate Britain, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), the Museum of London and + more

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BJP International Photography Award 2018 Exhibition

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. Metro Imaging was delighted to once again work with the BJP and TJ + more

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Celebrating 100 years of inspiring women with Anita Corbin

How will women be remembered over the past 100 years? What have they achieved in the fields of Sport, Science, Politics, the Arts and Education? Who were these women and what did they look like? Renowned photographer Anita Corbin aims to answer these questions with her symbolic project ‘First Women‘, exhibiting at Royal College of Art this summer. This considerable body + more

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Framing and Curating Coffee Morning

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. + more

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PHOTO LONDON x METRO: Tim Walker at Michael Hoppen

Metro is delighted to be collaborating with Michael Hoppen Gallery to produce bespoke framing and mounting for Tim Walker’s ‘The Gully Queens‘ to be shown at Photo London 2018. The Gully Queens Jamaica, 2018 – is an exclusive limited edition of 30 signed prints with all proceeds (100%) donated to the Gully Queens Charity “I found the notion of an + more

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PHOTO LONDON x METRO: Karine Laval at Crane Kalman Gallery

With Photo London 2018 just around the corner, we look at the photography and artists to visit at these years fair and satellite events. THE WORK ‘Black Palms’ by Karine Laval One of the highlights for us last year was working with   Crane Kalman Gallery again and producing these bespoke grey floating box-frames for Karine Laval’s ‘Black Palms’ prints. THE ARTIST + more

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Frame Hire – a practical way of showcasing your work!

When you’re thinking about framing your artwork, planning ahead is key: What is achievable within my budget? How much time have I got? What frame size do I need for my print? Where and how will I be installing these framed pieces? If you are on a tight budget or short deadline, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. As an + more

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The Great British Seaside – National Maritime Museum

Metro is delighted to be supporting The Great British Seaside, a new exhibition which opens this week at the National Maritime Museum (NMM). It explores our changing relationship with the seaside over the last six decades and celebrates the ambiguities and absurdities of seaside life from abandoned piers to the dazzling arcades. Documenting a quintessentially British experience the exhibition features + more

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BLACK BOX PROJECTS – EXHIBITION LAUNCH

We are delighted to be involved with Black Box Projects, a new art gallery specialising in contemporary photography and art which is created using photographic materials. We have worked closely with their team and artists for their upcoming launch exhibition in Soho this March, producing a mix of bespoke frames, fine art Giclée prints, and photographic vinyl. Black Box Projects + more

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Manny Melotra – Free Range Solo Exhibitions 2018 at the Truman Brewery

Continuing our coverage of the Free Range Solo Exhibitions 2018 we were delighted to get the opportunity to catch up with the Manny Melotra and Alexander Mourant who were both awarded the Free Range Award at the Graduate shows last year. Metro provided both winners with annual mentorships and support in the lead up to their exhibitions plus £1000 credit + more

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Alexander Mourant – Free Range Solo Exhibitions 2018 at the Truman Brewery

24.01.2018 Last year the Free Range Graduate shows provided a platform for thousands of students to showcase their emerging creative works and celebrate new talent. Supported by Metro Imaging, the show also awarded two photographers Alexander Mourant and Manny Melotra both an FR Award for Photography – both photographers won the opportunity to exhibit a solo show in London in + more

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Turnaround Times

Turnaround times at Metro Framing are predominantly subject to the nature of your order. At Metro Framing, we will always work on getting the best results within the shortest time possible, and will always keep in contact throughout your order. Depending on the number of works, sizes, frame style, our workload, etc., your order could be completed sooner or – + more

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Long Live the Boleyn – Freddie Bonfanti

05.12.2017 ‘Long Live the Boleyn’ is a new exhibition by London based photographer Freddie Bonfanti which opens in Hackney, East London this December.  As a West Ham supporter and season ticket holder, Freddie was inspired to start documenting the match-day routine inside and outside The Boleyn, otherwise known as Upton Park, West Ham’s home of 112 years, in the club’s final + more

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Sub-Frame vs. Split-Battens

Depending on the size of your print and your choice of substrate, you may have the option of choosing between either split-battens or a sub-frame to hang your final piece. Once over a metre square, mounted prints will require the additional support of an aluminium sub-frame. It is important to note that fixings can only be applied to inflexible substrates, + more

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Pressure-Sensitive Mounting vs. Dry Mounting vs. Gel Mounting

There are multiple ways of mounting your prints to best suit your needs, and it is imperative to consider how your prints are finished to best fit their purpose. It is important to consider though that Collectors generally prefer not to mount single prints, as the process is not reversible. We do not always recommend mounting for original artworks or + more

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Solid Oak Frame

Our ready to go waxed oak range is available in three sizes, 20×16, 24×20, and 30×20. All frames come with standard glass, MDF backing board, flexi-point fittings for easy work insertion, and sturdy ‘D’ ring fixings, ready for wire fitting in either landscape or portrait format.

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Window Mounts & Fitting

For artworks that don’t fit our standard hire frame sizes, we can also offer an additional window mount cutting service from our extensive range of mountboard colours, to enhance your work. Additionally, for those not confident fitting artworks into the frames, we offer a comprehensive fitting service too.  

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Subframe and Split Baton

A subframe and split baton are required for frames over 2 sqm, this strengthens the frame and provides a strong and secure method of hanging – Up to 5 sqm.

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Spring-Lock Security Fittings

Spring-Lock security fittings are used in environments where security fittings are necessary. 1 or 2 fittings on each side of the frame, fit onto a screw in the wall and then are secured by the spring clip (to remove the spring clip there is a key provided) – Up to 4 sqm.

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Square Sawtooth

Square Sawtooth is ideal for canvasses and deep box frames. Hangs from nails or screws on the wall – Up to 1.5 sqm.

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Heavy Duty L-Plates

Heavy Duty L-Plates with hanging plates. Adds extra strength to the frame as well as providing a secure hanging system – Up to 4 sqm.

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Strap Hangers

Strap Hangers –medium and large– fitted to the side of a frame or into the subframe, fitted onto 2 screws in the wall, alternative to the top plates – Up to 2.5 sqm.

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Slotted Top-Plates

Slotted Top-Plates with (a) T-screws for security fitting or (b) top hook plates. For strong and flush fixing – Up to 2.5 m.

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Mirror Plates

Mirror Plates –small, medium and large sizes– for securing a picture frame directly to the wall – Up to 3 sqm.

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D-Rings

D-Rings –single or double hole for small to medium size framing orders– used with wire and hung from 1 or 2 hooks or screws on the wall – Up to 1.75 sqm. Or else, D-rings riveted to backing board for ‘classic’ framing styles – Up to 1.5 sqm.

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Acrylic Mounting

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 or student exhibitions, however, we would not recommend it for other ways of exhibiting due to the vulnerability of the print to be damaged without any + more

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Solid Black Frame

Constructed from the same high-quality solid oak, this range of ready to go frames are finished with a black stain and wax, giving a low sheen wood grain effect. Available in three standard frame sizes, 20×16, 24×20, and 30×20. All frames come complete with standard glass, MDF backing board, flexi-point fittings for easy insertion, and sturdy ‘D’ ring fixings, ready + more

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10 Ideal Type of Fixings 

At Metro Framing, we offer a vast number of frame hanging fixing options for you to choose. You can pick the most convenient for your project, or ask us for our professional opinion.     Sawtooth hangers: for small ‘classic’ style framing, hang from a nail or screw on the wall. Up to 1mt sq. D-rings: single or double hole for + more

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Top 4 Framing Tips

Before framing your work always plan ahead. We’ve put together this handy checklist to help you decide on the perfect finish. What is achievable within my budget? How much time have I got? What kind of frame do I need for the size of my print? (Eg. frames over 1m will always require a sub-frame.) What is the use/purpose of + more

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8 Different Mounting Materials and Why You Should Use Them

To make your Metro Framing choices even easier, we have prepared this chart to help you decide which mounting substrate to use. You can compare how mounting materials may vary in terms of weight, maximum size, rigidity, durability, and archival time. This will help you choose the ideal mounting option for your artwork whilst saving you some time.    Substrate  Weight + more

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