Metz + Racine is a partnership between Barbara Metz and Eve Racine, specialising in still life photography and moving image. Originally from Stuttgart, Germany, and Geneva, Switzerland, they met whilst studying photography at the London College of Communication, and, since 2000 have established a reputation based upon compelling storytelling and unique, sophisticated compositions. Fashion, interior design and fine art come together in an expansive mix of deep colours, monochromatic patterns and kinetic energy. Meanwhile, natural forms are contrasted by their domestic surroundings – tables and bedsides dappled with fruit and flowers – and geometric designs create volumes of sensory information. Every photograph presents a motive world held in luxurious stasis, dangling in a particular moment as a jewel of visual stimulation. Previous clients have included Chanel, Dior and Louis Vuitton, and selected publications are V Magazine and Esquire, for example.
Ryan Schude’s theatrical tableaux relate the minutiae of suburban life, fusing fairytale Gothic with a lurid technicolour pop sensibility.
¡Cuba, Cuba!, 65 Years of Photography, Southampton Arts Centre, New York
Including over 100 colour and black and white photographs, taken between 1950 and today, ¡Cuba, Cuba! at Southampton Arts Center celebrates the warming of US-Cuba relations.