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.
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'.
Daniel Meadows at Miniclick talks, 30 June 2016, The Bargehouse, Oxo Gallery, London.
Liz Johnston Drew of Birkbeck College finds a 'lyrical turn' in English documentary photography.
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.
James Agee and Walker Evans. Book. 1941. Let Us Now Praise Famous Men. Sent in 1936 to produce a magazine article on the poverty of white sharecroppers in Alabama, Agee and photographer Evans stretched out the assignment and made a book instead. Agee didn't have a rule book to tell him what precisely to document. So he precisely documented everything: from the depth of dust in a drawer to his passionate feelings for one of his subjects. Here he observes a family preparing to be photographed by Evans: "...looking into your eyes and seeing thus, how each of you is a creature which has never in all time existed before and which shall never in all time exist again and which is not like any other and which has the grand stature and natural warmth of every other..."