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 isn't the end of the story for, despite being made so long ago, more people than ever are coming to look at the work I did. 

Like those who visited Burberry's Here We Are exhibition: 25,000 visitors in London, September 2017; and 17,000 visitors in Paris (see picture), January 2018.


Picture: Magali Delporte

NOW SHOWING:
About the North: Imagined Dialogues
Side Gallery, 5-9 Side, Newcastle upon Tyne.
22 June - 9 September.
Curated from the collection of the Side Gallery.
"See the North through the lens of celebrated documentary photographers who strive to capture its lives, landscapes and ideas." Daniel Meadows is represented with four vintage prints from the Free Photographic Omnibus(1974). Part of the  Great Exhibition of the North

Modern Nature
The Hepworth, Wakefield.
13 July – 22 April 2019.
Sixty photographs from the collection of Claire & James Hyman "exploring our relationship with the natural world and how this shapes individuals and communities." Includes works by Shirley Baker, Bill Brandt, Caravan Gallery, Paul Hill, Chris Killip, Martin Parr, Mark Power, Tony Ray-Jones. Daniel Meadows is represented byThree Boys and a Pigeon(1974).

FORTHCOMING SHOWS:
Distinctly Britain

Pingyao International Photography Festival, Shanxi Province, China.
19 - 25 September 2018.
Look Biennial, Liverpool International Photography Festival.
TBA 2019.
Curator: Tracy Marshall.
150 works by photographers Elaine Constantine, Ken Grant, Paul Hill, Chris Killip, Markéta Luskańćová, Kirsty Mackay, Niall McDiarmid, Tish Murtha, John Myers, Paul Seawright and Martin Parr. Daniel Meadows is represented by a selection from National Portraits: Now & Then photographs from the Free Photographic Omnibus (1974 & 1990s).
See the Observer article by Sean O'Hagan:

Resort (the seaside in Britain)
Turner Contemporary, Margate.
Opening in May 2019 and then touring to John Hansard Southampton, Newlyn Art Gallery and the Grundy in Blackpool.
Curators: Karen Shepherdson and Val Williams.
The exhibition will contain the work of over 60 photographers including Shirley Baker, John Chillingworth, Bruce Davidson, Anna Fox and Martin Parr. Daniel Meadows is represented with three images from Butlin's Filey (1972). Catalogue published by Thames & Hudson.

 

NEWS

Aug 13, 2018

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

Jul 10, 2018

Kelly McErlean's new book, Interactive Narratives and Transmedia Storytelling, London: Routledge, pp.14-15

Jul 1, 2018

Daniel Meadows, part of Great Exhibition of the North at Side Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne.

Jun 25, 2018

Daniel Meadows in new exhibition at The Hepworth, Wakefield, opening 13 July.

Apr 3, 2018

Manchester show featuring Daniel Meadows’s The Shop On Greame Street (1972) opens 19 April.

Jan 31, 2018

New title from Café Royal Books, Daniel Meadows’s film stills from Tony Palmer’s Testimony, 1987.

Jan 1, 2018

Daniel Meadows and David Hurn walk-and-talk Hurn’s ‘Swaps’ exhibition at Museum Wales in Cardiff.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

<< Pedro Meyer >>
Inspirations: 7 of 10

Digital Story. 1991. I Photograph to Remember. First published as an interactive CD-ROM, this intensely moving story about Meyer's parents in old age is now available for iPod download from his ZoneZero website. I first saw it at Impressions Gallery, York, in the summer of 1994. Aside from its length (35 minutes) it is, in every other respect, a "Digital Story", just like the Capture Wales stories we started making in 2001.