As the Free Photographic Omnibus was reported at the time: Daily Mirror, Friday, 2 August, 1974.

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The Free Photographic Omnibus
A selection from the 958 portraits I made in 22 different towns and cities across England between September 1973 and November 1974As shown in 2007 at Tate Britain for the exhibition How We Are, Photographing Britain: from the 1840s to the present.

The Bus

r/t: 5 min, 13 sec.

 

The story of my journey around Britain in the Free Photographic Omnibus 1973-1974. 14 months, 10,000 miles, 355 rolls of film. And what it all meant 25 years later.

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Inspirations: 3 of 10

Book. 1981. Camera Lucida, reflections on photography. After years of dispassionate analysis Barthes comes across a photograph of his mother as a child, the "winter garden photograph". He lets his feelings in and suddenly the ideas start bouncing off the page: "I had discovered this photograph by moving back through Time? I worked back through a life, not my own, but the life of someone I love. Starting from her latest image, taken the summer before her death (so tired, so noble, sitting in front of the door of our house, surrounded by my friends), I arrived, traversing three quarters of a century, at the image of a child: I stare intensely at the Sovereign Good of childhood, of the mother, of the mother-as-child. Of course I was then losing her twice over, in her final fatigue and in her first photograph, for me the last; but it was also at this moment that everything turned around and I discovered her as unto herself. "