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.



...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...

...I'm still working.

Interview with Daniel Meadows from Multistory.



Sep 27, 2016

The Shop on Greame Street 1972 (Café Royal Books, 2016) by Daniel Meadows.

Aug 1, 2016

Living Like This (Arrow Books 1975) by Daniel Meadows is featured in the August 2016 issue of Life Force, 'the magazine of the photo-essay'.

Jul 4, 2016

Daniel Meadows at Miniclick talks, 30 June 2016, The Bargehouse, Oxo Gallery, London.

Jun 21, 2016

A new radio documentary The Free Photographic Omnibus, made by award winning British producer Olivia Humphreys and first broadcast 17 June 2016,
is available for free download.

May 13, 2016

Neville, a new film by Multistory, celebrates the reunion between photographer Daniel Meadows and Neville Davies whom he photographed over forty years ago.

Apr 27, 2016

Liz Johnston Drew of Birkbeck College finds a 'lyrical turn' in English documentary photography. 

Feb 24, 2016

Reactions to The Story 2016 (19 February) in a 'storify' of tweets and photos.











r/t: 2 min, 23 sec.

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

This story is about the England I come from.

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Inspirations: 5 of 10

Book. 1973. Tools for Conviviality: "Tools are intrinsic to social relationships", he writes. "An individual relates himself in action to his society through the use of tools that he actively masters, or by which he is passively acted upon. To the degree that he masters his tools he can invest the world with his meaning; to the degree that he is mastered by his tools, the shape of the tool determines his own self-image. Convivial tools are those which give each person who uses them the greatest opportunity to enrich the environment with the fruits of his or her vision."