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.

 

NOW AND THEN: ENGLAND 1970-2015 – my new book from Bodleian Library Publishing – can be ordered here:

“Daniel Meadows is a pioneer of contemporary British docu-
mentary practice. His photographs and audio recordings, made over forty-five years, capture the life of England's ‘great ordinary’. Challenging the status quo by working collaboratively, he has fashioned from his many encounters a nation's story both magical and familiar.

“This book includes important work from Meadows’ ground-breaking projects, drawing on the archives now held at the Bodleian Library. Fiercely independent, Meadows devised many of his creative processes: he ran a free portrait studio in Manchester's Moss Side in 1972, then travelled 10,000 miles making a national portrait from his converted double-decker the Free Photographic Omnibus, a project he revisited a quarter of a century later. At the turn of the millennium he adopted new ‘kitchen table’ technologies to make digital stories: ‘multimedia sonnets from the people’, as he called them. He sometimes returned to those he had photographed, listening for how things were and how they had changed. Through their unique voices he finds a moving and insightful commentary on life in Britain. Then and now. Now and then.”

  • Hardback
  • 160 pages, 259 x 237 mm
  • 4 colour and 105 b&w illustrations
  • ISBN: 9781851245338
  • Publication 4 October 2019

NOW AND THEN: ENGLAND 
The Exhibition
Blackwell Gallery, Weston Library, The Bodleian, Oxford
4 October – 24 November 2019

DOWNLOAD THE PRESS RELEASE HERE

 

NEWS

Oct 30, 2019

Ben Smith’s podcast NOW LIVE: #116 Daniel Meadows

Oct 23, 2019

Portraits capture lives of England's great ordinary. Bodleian Library exhibition and book.

Oct 10, 2019

Jamie Proud, formerly of Welfare State International, writes.

Sep 22, 2019

Blackwell Gallery, Weston Library, The Bodleian, Oxford
4 October – 24 November 2019

Aug 11, 2019

Daniel Meadows:
"A true storyteller and and extremely wise chap."

Aug 13, 2018

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

<< Roland Barthes >>
Inspirations: 3 of 10

Book. 1981. Camera Lucida, reflections on photography. After years of dispassionate analysis Barthes comes across a photograph of his mother as a child, the "winter garden photograph". He lets his feelings in and suddenly the ideas start bouncing off the page: "I had discovered this photograph by moving back through Time? I worked back through a life, not my own, but the life of someone I love. Starting from her latest image, taken the summer before her death (so tired, so noble, sitting in front of the door of our house, surrounded by my friends), I arrived, traversing three quarters of a century, at the image of a child: I stare intensely at the Sovereign Good of childhood, of the mother, of the mother-as-child. Of course I was then losing her twice over, in her final fatigue and in her first photograph, for me the last; but it was also at this moment that everything turned around and I discovered her as unto herself. "