Daniel Meadows: Early Photographic Works
A major touring retrospective curated by Val Williams.
National Media Museum, Bradford: 30 September 2011-19 February 2012.
Ffotogallery, Penarth, Cardiff: 14 July-8 September 2012.
The Library of Birmingham, Centenary Square, Birmingham: May - 15 August 2014.
University of the Arts London, LCC, Elephant & Castle, London: 25 September-31 October 2015.
Accompanied by the book from Photoworks: Daniel Meadows: Edited Photographs from the 70s and 80s by Val Williams (ISBN: 978-1-903796-46-7). Visit Foto 8 and read Guy Lane's book review (first posted 1 Dec 2011).
Hugely popular, the show was seen by 40,000 visitors in Bradford alone. The Guardian's Sean O'Hagan called it (13 December 2011) "Evocative, highly personal photojournalism from a true pioneer of postwar British photography" and, following its London showing, chose it for his list of 10 Best Photography Shows of 2015.
Funded and supported by a partnership of the exhibiting institutions together with Photoworks UK. Exhibition prints by Metro Imaging, London.
Fakenham Parish Church: 2 - 9 May.
Thirty prints in the possession of Fakenham and District Community Archive, commissioned for the Free Photographic Omnibus in August 1974 and first exhibited by Fakenham Festival in May 1975, were 'rediscovered' and shown for the first time in 38 years.
National Portraits: Now & Then
Photofusion, Brixton, London: 18 May - 30 June.
A stripped down version of the Irish Gallery of Photography exhibition, shown to coincide with publication of book The Bus, The Free Photographic Omnibus 1973-2001, an adventure in documentary, Daniel Meadows (The Harvill Press, 2001). Note: the Now & Then images feature in a CNN post (1 March 2012).
National Portraits: Photographs from the 1970s by Daniel Meadows shown together with National Portraits: Now & Then
Irish Gallery of Photography, Dublin: 6 - 29 April.
Curator: Tanya Kiang
National Portraits: Now & Then
Tampere University as part of Backlight, the 5th International Photography Triennale, Tampere, Finland: 11 - 29 October.
International touring show of photographs and re-photographs of some of those who were pictured from the Free Photographic Omnibus. Portraits arranged in pairs: "then" (1970s) and "now" (1990s).
National Portraits: Photographs from the 1970s by Daniel Meadows
Viewpoint Gallery, Salford: 2 April - 11 May.
Curator: Val Williams.
A selection of 110 portraits from the Free Photographic Omnibus, re-presented a quarter of a century after their making. Shown to coincide with publication of book National Portraits - Photographs from the 1970s by Daniel Meadows, edited by Val Williams. (Salford: Viewpoint Photography Gallery, and Derby: Montage Gallery, 1997).
Royal Photographic Society, Bath: 26 October - 24 November.
Curator: Carole Sartain.
About the work of a movie stills photographer, part of the RPS series Images of British Cinema.
Nattering in Paradise
Photographers' Gallery, London: 10 September - 9 October 1987.
Curator: Alex Noble.
Photographs about life in contemporary suburbia.
Olivier Gallery, National Theatre, London: 21 March - 30 April 1988, shown to coincide with publication of book Nattering In Paradise - A Word from the Suburbs, Daniel Meadows (Simon & Schuster, 1988).
Posterngate Gallery, Hull: 16 July - 20 August.
Colour photographs of workers at Wolstenholme Bronze Powders, Darwen, Lancashire.
Julian Bream, a Life on the Road
Impressions Gallery of Photography, York: 13 August - 11 September.
Curator: Frances Middlestrob.
An Impressions Gallery touring show. Photographs of a year in the life of classical guitarist Julian Bream.
Daniel Meadows (aka Behind the Screens)
Uppermill Gallery, Oldham: 11 April - 5 May.
Curator: Charles Meecham.
Photographs about people making and watching television programmes.
Impressions Gallery of Photography, York: July.
Curator: Val Williams.
Photographs taken at Prestwich Psychiatric Hospital, Manchester, of an experiment to rehabilitate long-term schizophrenics.
Shuttles, Steam and Soot - A Cotton Mill in Lancashire
Camerawork, London: 16 January - 15 February 1978.
Curators: Ed Barber and Jenny Matthews.
A Camerawork touring show. Photographs of people working in the cotton industry in north-east Lancashire.
Arndale Centre, Nelson, Lancashire: 2 - 28 October.
Touring show of photographs from Daniel Meadows' period as artist-in-residence in the Borough of Pendle, Lancashire.
Living Like This
Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), London: 8 - 28 October.
Curator: Linda Lloyd Jones.
Exhibition to mark the end of the journey of the Free Photographic Omnibus. Shown to coincide with publication of book Living Like This, Daniel Meadows (Arrow, 1975).
Daniel Meadows: Free Photographic Omnibus
Castle Museum and Art Gallery, Nottingham: February.
A selection from the regional exhibitions of pictures from the Free Photographic Omnibus.
Daniel Meadows: Free Photographic Omnibus
Impressions Gallery of Photography, York: 3 - 28 September.
Curators Andrew Sproxton and Val Williams.
An Impressions Gallery touring show. Photographs of Yorkshire from the travels of the Bus.
Daniel Meadows: Free Photographic Omnibus
Museum of Modern Art, Oxford: 21 May - 9 June.
Curator: Nicholas Serota.
Photographs of Yorkshire and the Midlands from the travels of the Free Photographic Omnibus.
Butlin's by the Sea
Impressions Gallery of Photography, York: 4 November - 24 December.
Curators: Andrew Sproxton and Val Williams.
An Impressions Gallery touring show. Photographs by Daniel Meadows and Martin Parr from a summer spent documenting Butlin's Holiday Camp in Filey, Yorkshire.
Free Photographic Studio
Alexandra Park, Moss Side, Manchester: 29 May.
Photographs from The Shop on Greame Street, Moss Side, exhibited on boards nailed to a tree.
GROUP SHOWS DATE BACK TO 1973
The Free Photographic Omnibus
21e Rencontres Photographiques du pays de Lorient, France: Du 9 octobre au 13 décembre.
Direction: Emmanuel Madec.
Eesab (Ecole d’art), 1 avenue de Kergroise, Lorient.
lundi au vendredi de 9h – 12h et de 14h à 20h
samedi de 14h – 18h
Fermé du 24 octobre au 1er novembre
Portraits from an Island
Goa International Photo Festival, The One School Goa, Bardez, Goa 403507, India, 10 - 21 Feb.
Curators: Anna Fox and Amit Sheokand
A new exhibition bringing together contemporary photographic portraits by British photographers of British subjects: Sharon Boothroyd, Andrew Bruce, Natasha Caruana, Jason Evans, Anna Fox, Karen Knorr, Anthony Luvera, Neeta Madahar, Wendy McMurdo, Trish Morrissey, Daniel Meadows, Martin Parr, Eileen Perrier, Nigel Shafran, Clare Strand.
Beauvias et Picardie, France: 27 Sept 2014 - 11 Jan 2015.
Curator: Daniel Challe.
11th Annual Festival with contributions from Jocelyn Bain Hogg, Paul Davis, Peter Dench, Chris Steele-Perkins, Anna Fox, Kevin Cummins, Renaud Monfourny, Christophe Desforges, Nicolas Comment, Richard Dunes, Colin Jones, Ludo Leleu, Rhona Bitner, James Mollinson, Dominique Dudouble, Pascal Mirande, Laëtitia Donval, Robert Kluba, Sue Rynski, Samuel Bürner, Anna Fox, Tina Merandon, Magali Paulin.
Daniel Meadows' contribution:
The Free Photographic Omnibus, 1973-74, Galerie nationale De La Tapisserie: 27 Sept 2014 - 11 Jan 2015
June Street, Salford, 1973 with Martin Parr, La Grange Montreuil-sur-Breche, 5-26 Oct
Soirée à la Maladrerie Saint-Lazare, screening of Talking Pictures, Saturday 4 Oct
You Are The Company In Which You Keep
Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens: 19 Oct 2013 - 23 Feb 2014.
Curator: Alistair Robinson.
The show reveals the diverse ways in which photographers and artists using lens-based media have created images that map out our new social networks - observing the patterns of which structure our social existence, or forecasting what the twenty-first century has yet to bring.
Staged jointly with the Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, it includes work by: Craig Ames, Ulf Aminde, Haley Austin, Natasha Caruana, Nick Crowe & Ian Rawlinson, Melanie Friend, Gilbert & George, Julian Germain, Paul Graham, Chris Harrison, Nigel Henderson, Jeremy Hutchison, Yee I-Lann, Bob Jardine, James O Jenkins, Linder, Melanie Manchot, Daniel Meadows, Gustav Metzger, Tim Mitchell, Martin Parr, Reynold Reynolds, Reynold Reynolds with Patrick Jolley, Simon Roberts, Thiago Rocha Pitta, Daniele Sambo, Jo Spence, John Stezaker, Homer Sykes and Stuart Whipps. Meadows is represented by two short movies and series of prints from his free portrait studio in Moss Side Manchester, the shop on Greame Street, made in 1972.
Read Stella MacQueen's blog post.
Daniel Meadows' Free Photographic Omnibus Northern Arts Exhibition 1974
Side Gallery, 9 Side, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 3JE, 20 October - 22 December.
During his travels around England in 1973-74 Meadows created six exhibitions, each one specific to its region and handmade in duplicate; one set was mounted in the windows of the bus (these suffered from condensation damage and were destroyed when taken down), the other set was given to his relevant sponsoring organisation for showing in public libraries and other local venues. It is thought that this set, made for Northern Arts in December 1974 and now in the Side's permanent collection, is the only one that survives.
Observers: Photographers of the British Scene from the 1930’s to now
Galeria de Arte do Sesi, Sao Paulo, Brazil, 25 September - 25 November.
Curated for the British Council by João Kulcsár in Sao Paulo and Martin Caiger-Smith in London, this is the largest show presented in Latin America of British photography of the last 80 years. It takes its inspiration from the Mass Observation movement and features 240 photographs by 36 photographers: Cecil Beaton, Bill Brandt, Humphrey Spender, George Rodger, Paul Nash, Madame Yevonde, Nigel Henderson, Roger Mayne, Ida Kar, Norman Parkinson, Terence Donovan, Ian Berry, Shirley Baker, Tony Ray-Jones, Raymond Moore, Paul Trevor, Tish Murtha, Daniel Meadows, Chris Killip, Martin Parr, Paul Graham, Keith Arnatt, Anna Fox, Derek Ridgers, Peter Fraser, Jem Southam, Karen Knorr, Richard Billingham, Paul Seawright, Wolfgang Tillmans, Jason Evans, Nigel Shafran, Rut Blees Luxemburg, Sarah Jones, John Duncan, Gareth McConnell. Meadows is represented with four portraits from the Free Photographic Omnibus.
The World in London
The Photographers' Gallery, London. An Olympic Games tie-in project which showed in duplicate: at Victoria Park, London E3, 27 July - 12 August; and at Park House, 453 - 497 Oxford Street, London, W1, 27 July - 30 August. Work by 204 British and International photographers showed portraits of Londoners. Each depicted a person or people from one of the 204 nations taking part in London 2012, accompanied by individual stories. Meadows photographed Dr Stephen Ng MBE, born in Hong Kong in 1952.
Picture: Harry Meadows
A Record of England
MAC, Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham, 28 May - 17 July. This exhibition of work by Daniel Meadows and Homer Sykes, drawn from the photography collections at Birmingham Central Library, provided an historical context for Simon Roberts' We English (showing in the Arena Gallery), revealed much about the history of England in the 1970s and explored the shifts and transformations of the representation of Englishness in the modern era.
Knowle West Media Centre (KWMC), Bristol, 7 December – 31 January 2011. An exploration of the transition from teenager to adult. Teddy girls by Ken Russell, Twiggy by Barry Lategan, portraits from the Free Photographic Omnibus by Daniel Meadows; also contributions from Beezer, Haroon Iltaf, Huw Davies and young women photographers based at KWMC.
FOTONOW: Cameras in the Community
Plymouth, 23 October - 23 December 2010. Plymouth Arts Centre.
From The Guardian Guide: Saturday 13 November 2010.
The Other Britain Revisited: Photographs from New Society
London, 14 May - 26 September. V&A (Victoria and Albert Museum). Documentary photographs from 1962 to 1982, originally published in the pioneering magazine New Society. The show featured 49 pictures by 23 photographers who captured the diversity of life in Britain and pivotal social issues in the late twentieth century.
Picture: Millworker on lunch break at Moderna blanket factory at Mytholmroyd, West Yorkshire, published New Society, 3.2.1977, pp.221-222, The End of a Mill by Tom Forester, photo: Daniel Meadows.
Projections of Reality
Moscow, 6 March - 4 April, 2010. An exhibition of multimedia projections based on documentary material. Curated by Liza Faktor and Jamie Wellford. Red October (the old chocolate factory), Bersenevskaya Embankment.
Daniel Meadows' The Bus was included as a pioneering example of the value system which informs all the multimedia narratives in this show having, as they do, a 'concern for social issues based in the values of humanism'. The exhibition featured work by more than 20 photographers who use multimedia production techniques including multi-channel video installations, web-based projects, and interactive documentaries. Among those taking part:
Christopher Anderson of Magnum: Silicon Forest,
Samuel Bolendorff: Journey to the End of Coal,
Todd Heisler and the New York Times: One in Eight Million,
Henrik Kastenskov: The Afghan Diaries,
Brenda Ann Kenneally: The Raw File,
Paolo Pellegrin of Magnum: Wall Street,
*Tim Hetherington: Sleeping Soldiers.
Knight of the Camera - The Photographs of Sir Benjamin Stone
Centenary Square, Birmingham: 20 September - 30 October.
Curator: Peter James.
A Birmingham Central Libraries exhibition which included a Benjamin Stone Legacy selection of pictures by Anna Fox, Daniel Meadows, Tony Ray-Jones and Homer Sykes.
Radical Mayhem: Welfare State International and its followers
Mid Pennine Gallery, Burnley: 26 April - 7 June.
Curator: Gillian Whiteley.
A Mid Pennine Arts exhibition exploring the work and legacy of this collective of radical artists, musicians and performers who pioneered the idea of site-specific multimedia theatre and continued to develop alternative models of participative art in Britain from 1968-2006. Daniel Meadows photographed Welfare State International between 1975 and 1983.
No Such Thing As Society
Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Wales: 15 March - 27 April.
A Hayward Gallery, London, international touring show. 130 documentary photographs made in Britain 1967-1987, chosen from the collections of the Arts Council and the British Council.
Curator: David Alan Mellor.
The work of 34 photographers was shown including 6 pictures by Daniel Meadows from the Free Photographic Omnibus.
Read Jon Savage's Guardian review, 24 March 2008.
The show's poster, as well as the jacket design of the accompanying book, revisited the Arts Council's 1975 publication British Image 1 reproducing a Daniel Meadows photograph taken in Portsmouth on 26 April 1974: John Payne, aged 12, with two friends and his pigeon Chequer.
On Time, East Wing Collection VIII
The Courtauld Institute of Art, London: 26 Jan 2008 - 26 July 2009.
The biennial student-curated contemporary art show featuring the work of up-and-coming artists alongside that of well-known established names. Meadows contributed a selection from National Portraits: Now and Then.
YOU_ser: das jahrhundert des konsumenten
ZKM (Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie), Karlsruhe, Germany: 21 October - 31 December 2008.
Story Box section curated by Michael Mangold.
The Centre for Art and Media celebrated its tenth anniversary with a large exhibition entitled The Century of the Consumer which looked at the effect of net-based global creation on art and society. Meadows contributed his Digital Story Polyfoto alongside stories from BBC Capture Wales.
How We Are - Photographing Britain from the 1840s to the Present
Tate Britain, London: 22 May - 2 September.
Curated by Val Williams and Susan Bright.
This was the first time Tate had addressed Britain's photographic history. The work of more than 130 photographers was shown, including a sequenced high-definition screening of the 41 portraits in National Portraits: Photographs from the 1970s by Daniel Meadows (Viewpoint & Montage, 1997).
Reviewing the Tate show for BBC Radio 4's Front Row, novelist Esther Freud chose this work as her "stand out" piece. She said: "It was incredibly moving... [Daniel Meadows] took these incredible very straight-forward photographs of people in their 'seventies clothes and, at the time after he'd done it, no one felt that they were particularly interesting or strange enough but now, looking at them, they're fascinating and they are certainly strange."
The British Are Coming
Stephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto, Canada: 11 January - 10 February.
A selection of Meadows’s prints from the Free Photographic Omnibus, purchased by the gallery from a collector, was exhibited alongside pictures by Chris Coekin and Tony Ray-Jones.
First Person: International Digital Storytelling Exhibition
Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), Melbourne, Australia: 1 February - 30 April.
Curated by Helen Simondson to accompany First Person: Digital Storytelling Conference 3 - 5 February. An exhibition of diverse narratives from the global digital storytelling network including stories by Daniel Meadows and the BBC Capture Wales project.
A Seaside Album: Photographs and Memory
Museum and Art Gallery, Brighton: 10 May - 8 October.
Curated from his own collection by Philippe Garner.
Photographs of Brighton down the years, along with accompanying book by the same title, including two Daniel Meadows portraits from the Free Photographic Omnibus.
Documents and Identities
Käsi-ja Taideteollisuuskeskus Verkaranta gallery, Tampere, Finland: 22 October - 8 November 1999.
The main exhibition of Backlight, the 5th International Photography Triennale, Tampere, Finland.
Meadows contributed a pair of pictures from National Portraits: Now & Then.
Les Anglais Vus par les Anglais
Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie, Arles, France: 9 July.
Curator: Gabriel Bauret.
Open air screening before an audience of 2,000, a multimedia presentation about contemporary English photography. It opened with a series of portraits from the Free Photographic Omnibus, the work being seen as an exemplar for subsequent generations of independent pratitioners.
Look At Me
Kunsthal, Rotterdam, The Netherlands: 16 May - 9 August.
Curators: Brett Rogers and Val Williams.
Fashion and Photography in Britain 1960 to the Present, a British Council international touring show. Work by 37 photographers including a set of 6 portraits from Meadows' Free Photographic Omnibus.
A Woman's Place: The Changing Picture of Women in Britain
GLC Royal Festival Hall, London: 2 - 30 April 1984
Curator: Diana Souhami
'The position of women in Britain is changing slowly but surely: a quiet revolution is taking place in every aspect of their lives.' A British Council touring show which travelled to 30 different countries. Work by many photographers including by Meadows from his artist-in-residence period in Lancashire: women in hairdresser's, weavers on a tea-break.
Human Interest: Fifty Years of British Art about People
Cornerhouse, Manchester: 3 October - 17 November.
Curated by Norbert Lynton.
This inaugural exhibition of a new gallery explored the human image in painting, photography, sculpture and video in the work of 110 artists including Frank Auerbach, Francis Bacon, Bill Brandt, Lucien Freud, Richard Hamilton, Don McCullin, Tony Ray-Jones and Stanley Spencer. Meadows’s contribution was from the Arts Council of Great Britain collection: Pylon Painters, Great Washbourne, Gloucestershire, 1974.
The Welsh Open
Ffotogallery, Cardiff: 13 September - 6 October.
Portraits selected by Angus McBean.
Meadows contributed a portrait of his three-year-old son Harry, sleeping.
Cambridge Darkroom, Cambridge: January - February 1984.
Curators: Pavel Büchler and Mark Lumley.
In the opening show of the Cambridge Darkroom, 43 British photographers were invited to give a specimen of their professional 'handwriting'. With Keith Arnatt, Bill Brandt, John Davies, Brian Griffin, David Hurn, Barry Lewis, Angus McBean, Charles Meecham, Humphrey Spender and Chris Steele-Perkins.
And The North
Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal: 15 October - 12 November.
A commission by Northern Arts.
Curator: Dave Watt.
Northern Arts commissioned 13 photographers – including Paul Graham, Martin Parr and Roger Palmer – to tackle a variety of themes. Meadows contributed Paid to Care, a set of pictures showing Spennymoor and district, Co. Durham, from the point of view of its social workers.
The Other Britain
Olivier Foyer, the National Theatre, London: 18 October - 27 November.
New Society magazine 20th anniversary exhibition, later acquired for its permanent collection by the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), London.
Curator: Paul Barker.
Side Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne.
Ken Baird, Nick Hedges, Daniel Meadows and Derek Smith.
Art For Society
Whitechapel Art Gallery, London: 10 May - 18 June.
Contemporary British Art with a Social or Political Purpose.
Curator: Nicholas Serota, Martin Rewcastle and others.
Meadows, one of 100 artists in the show, contributed Against the Odds: photographs of John Virtue, painter, teaching handicapped people to draw, 1977. 9 black and white photographs each 10 x 8 inches.
John Virtue: Against The Odds
Mid Pennine Arts, Burnley: 26 May - 2 July.
Meadows contributed a series of black and white photographs showing the artist at work.
Serpentine Photography 73
Serpentine Gallery, London: 28 July - 19 August.
Curator: Peter Turner.
A young contemporaries show. Work by 43 photographers. Meadows contributed portraits shot in collaboration with Martin Parr showing residents of June Street, Salford; and a large (6ft high) picture of a boy at Butlin’s Filey. He also shot some free portraits of gallery visitors, mostly on Polaroid (instant print) film.
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John Payne, aged 12, with friends and his pigeon Chequer. From the Free Photographic Omnibus. Portsmouth, Friday 26 April 1974. In the Arts Council Collection.
Two astonishing Digital Stories. Late 1990s.
Home Movies (aka The Turn Film) celebrates Atchley's grandfather's annual ritual of marching his four sons out of the house, walking them up the garden path and then telling them to do a 360 degree turn for the camera. By editing several of these "turn" clips together Atchley gives us a beautiful yet funny sequence of a family growing up, something he reflects upon in voice-over. Time is telescoped.
Redheads is narrated, both to camera and in voice-over, by Atchley's mother Martha who tells of her childhood growing up on a farm in western New York State.
I paid my first visit to Atchley's Next Exit site in the spring of 2000 and we immediately began an email exchange. He invited me to attend a Centre for Digital Storytelling workshop in Berkeley, California, later that year... which I did.