Metro has always been a keen supporter of the photographic industry at all levels, from the modest student to the fully-fledged professional and as such we actively participate in many industry partnerships
and offer mentorship programmes
through several of these connections.
In 2011 we established one such partnership with IdeasTap, a charity offering support to creative people through opportunities, funding, arts jobs and career development. Our relationship with IdeasTap has developed from a simple print partner to now incorporate printing workshops, photography talks, creative briefs and in 2013 we offered a mentorship programme to the winner of the IdeasTap Portfolio Review brief, namely Jack Latham.
As part of the programme Jack attended the 36exp ‘Going Pro’ training course, which took place this weekend. Jack commented on his experience of the day’s course: “Recently I attended 36exp’s "Going Pro" workshop in London. The full day event aims to arm participants with all the knowledge they need to set themselves up in the creative industries. Metro Imaging very kindly offered me a ticket as I had recently gone freelance. The information I learnt at the workshop was as invaluable as was it was essential for walking through all the steps of setting yourself up as an independent figure within the photography industry. The day covered everything from finding clients, fair quoting to general portfolio tips. The guest speakers during the event ranged from agencies, photographers and creative advisors which offered a broad spectrum on the current state of photography and our place within it.”
Andrew Mason from 36 exp added:"The day was a success. I think people will have gone home with the message that their dreams of 'going pro' are achievable, although it's not going to land on a plate with hard work and by applying what they learned in the workshop they can make it'
36exp is a London based organisation offering a wide variety of photography courses run by a group of industry professionals with the aim of enabling photographers of all levels to achieve their goals.