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 wasn't the end of the journey...

"The thing I like most about a camera is that it can be used as a passport to let you slip between the social classes."  


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In the UK when we ask: "Where are you from?" what we want to know, even more than your place of birth, is your social class. This story is about the England I come from.

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Inspirations: 6 of 10 - Rock 'n' roll writings. Here's one from American Folk in Granta 76. 2001. "But no one is just like anybody else. No one, in fact is even who he or she was ever supposed to be. No one was supposed to step out from their fellows and stand alone to say their piece, to thrill those who stand and listen with the notion that they, too might have a voice, to shame those who stand and listen because they lack the courage to do more than that."

Book. 1997. Invisible Republic: Bob Dylan's Basement Tapes. Marcus studies popular music recordings and lifts the lid on a nation's dustbin of history.