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 forthcoming book from Bodleian Library Publishing – is now available on advance order:

“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 – 27 November 2019

DOWNLOAD THE PRESS RELEASE HERE

 

NEWS

Aug 14, 2019

Daniel Meadows interviewed for Behind the Lens

Aug 11, 2019

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

Jun 19, 2019

Daniel Meadows’ photograph John Payne and friends with pigeon Chequer: Portsmouth, April 1974 is on display this summer on Sheffield railway station, six feet high.

Jun 7, 2019

Elaine Constantine on Daniel Meadows: “It’s the work of a person who has tirelessly tried to communicate the stories of ordinary people, their motivations and triumphs as well as their humble and changing circumstances”

Apr 4, 2019

OUT TODAY: This Searing Light, the Sun and Everything Else: Joy Division: The Oral History by Jon Savage

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.

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Inspirations: 10 of 10

Book. 1973. Documentary Expression and Thirties America: "Social documentary dignifies the usual and levels the extraordinary. Most often its subject is the common man, and when it is not, the subject, however exalted he be, is looked at from the common man's point-of view."