Daniel Meadows – Early Photographic Works

From the Free Photographic Omnibus portrait series, photographed in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, 1974

A new exhibition by Daniel Meadows has opened at the National Media Museum in Bradford. The exhibition is accompanied by a book by Photoworks and captures a unique portrait of England in the 1970s and 80s.

The show runs from September 30th 2011 – February 19th 2012

Visit the Photobus website

All images © Daniel Meadows unless otherwise stated.

Shop, from the series Butlin's by the Sea, Filey, Yorkshire, 1972

Outside the shop on Greame St, Manchester 1972

From the Free Photographic Omnibus portrait series, photographed in Hulme, Manchester, 1974
In 1973, photographer Daniel Meadows went on an extraordinary journey, photographing the English as he travelled the country in a double-decker bus. Imagine a young, long-haired hippy with a penchant for Bob Dylan, a sense of adventure and a passion for photography, giving away photographs from his converted double-decker studio.

Meadows was one of an important group of photographers who spearheaded the independent photography movement in the early 1970s, breaking with tradition and infusing the medium with new energies and ways of seeing. His practice is complex, passionate and sometimes deeply autobiographical. He produced an astonishing record of urban society across Britain, working in a uniquely collaborative way with his subjects, many of whom he interviewed. These are those rare photographs that people come to love, for their innocence, their directness and their sense of longing. Together with recently discovered unpublished work from Meadows’ own archive, this book presents his five best known projects: The Shop on Greame Street, 1972, Butlin’s by the Sea, 1972, June Street, Salford, 1973, The Free Photographic Omnibus 1973-74, and Nattering in Paradise, 1984.

Daniel Meadows and his bus, a 1947 Leyland Titan PD1, the Free Photographic Omnibus, © 1974

From the Free Photographic Omnibus portrait series 1974

From the series June Street, photographed in Salford, 1973. © Daniel Meadows and Martin Parr

From the series June Street, photographed in Salford, 1973. © Daniel Meadows and Martin Parr

From the series National Portraits: Now & Then. Twin brothers: Michael (left) and Peter McParland. Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, 1974 and 1995

From the series National Portraits: Now & Then. Mother and son: Susie and Peter Gatesy. Brighton, Sussex 1974 and London 2000

Here Daniel talks about the documents he has collected and the reliability of his archive but also of his memory!

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