This work was first published as The Daniel Meadows Archive, The Shop on Greame Street, 1972, in the academic journal Photography & Culture, vol.3, issue 1, pp.81-90, March 2010 

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The Shop on Greame St

r/t: 4 min, 46 sec.

 

In 1972, when I was a student at Manchester Poly, I ran a free portrait studio in a disused barber's shop in the city's Moss Side district.

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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. "