This is Photobus by Daniel Meadows, homepage of the Free Photographic Omnibus and Digital Stories. Photobus is a journey in photo documentary. It began in the 1970s with still photographs and continues into the present, a time when pictures have discovered the talkies.

ONCE UPON A TIME...

 

...I lived in a double-decker bus, reg. JRR 404, better known as the Free Photographic Omnibus. She was my home, my travelling darkroom and gallery.

For fourteen months in 1973 and '74, we travelled about making a national portrait of the English. We covered 10,000 miles shooting pictures and giving them away. In January 1975 we parted company.

But that isn't the end of the story for, despite being made so long ago, more people than ever are now discovering these photographs.

Like everyone who visited Burberry's Here We Are exhibition: 25,000 visitors in London last September; and 17,000 visitors in Paris (see picture) earlier this year.


Picture: Magali Delporte

NOW SHOWING:
Distinctly
Pingyao International Photography Festival, Shanxi Province, China.
19 - 25 September 2018.
Curator: Tracy Marshall.
150 works by British photographers Elaine Constantine, Robert Darch, Ken Grant, Chris Killip, Markéta Luskańćová, Kirsty Mackay, Niall McDiarmid, Tish Murtha, John Myers, Martin Parr & Paul Seawright. Daniel Meadows is represented by a selection of National Portraits: Now & Then photographs from the Free Photographic Omnibus (1974 & 1990s). 
See the Observer article by Sean O'Hagan:


Modern Nature
The Hepworth, Wakefield.
13 July – 22 April 2019.
Sixty photographs from the collection of Claire & James Hyman "exploring our relationship with the natural world and how this shapes individuals and communities." Includes works by Shirley Baker, Bill Brandt, Caravan Gallery, Paul Hill, Chris Killip, Martin Parr, Mark Power, Tony Ray-Jones. Daniel Meadows is represented by Three Boys and a Pigeon(1974).

 

NEWS

Aug 13, 2018

Boot-boys are 'Big Picture' in the Observer.

Jul 10, 2018

Kelly McErlean's new book, Interactive Narratives and Transmedia Storytelling, London: Routledge, pp.14-15

Jul 1, 2018

Daniel Meadows, part of Great Exhibition of the North at Side Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne.

Jun 25, 2018

Daniel Meadows in new exhibition at The Hepworth, Wakefield, opening 13 July.

Apr 3, 2018

Manchester show featuring Daniel Meadows’s The Shop On Greame Street (1972) opens 19 April.

Jan 31, 2018

New title from Café Royal Books, Daniel Meadows’s film stills from Tony Palmer’s Testimony, 1987.

Jan 1, 2018

Daniel Meadows and David Hurn walk-and-talk Hurn’s ‘Swaps’ exhibition at Museum Wales in Cardiff.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Polyfoto
r/t: 2 min, 23 sec.

In the UK when we ask: "Where are you from?" we want to know a lot more about you than just your place of birth.

This story is about the England I come from.

<< Bruce Davidson >>
Inspirations: 4 of 10

TV documentary. 1969. Beautiful, Beautiful. BBC Omnibus about four photographers. At one point Davidson, who was working on East 100th St. (his book about Harlem) says: "I poise, not pose, people... People have an innate dignity and they will set themselves before the camera in a dignified way. And they will choose what they will give."