Archive of Daniel Meadows, photographer and social documentarist
- Early material, mostly in Manchester
- Free Photographic Omnibus Project
- Commonwealth Institute commission work
- Work as photographer-in-residence to the Borough of Pendle, Lancashire
- Television work
- Welfare State International and IOU theatre company
- Picture stories
- Julian Bream: a life on the road
- Little White Books
- Suburbia and Nattering in Paradise (1988)
- Photojournalism workshops in Eatern Europe and India
- PhD at Cardiff University
- National Portraits
- National Portraits: Now & Then
- The Bus - The Free Photographic Omnibus, 1973-2001 - an adventure in documentary (2001)
- Cardiff University teaching, research and appraisal
- BBC Cymru: Capture Wales
- No Such Thing As Society
- Talking Pictures
- Digital stories
- Photobus website
- (MSS. Meadows 1-44) Meadows photographic archive of negatives and contact sheets from film exposed between 1969-1986
- (MSS. Meadows 147-162, 203-204) publications relating to Meadows and his work
- (MSS. Meadows 163, 188-193) posters and exhibition material.
- 1969-Dec 2020, n.d.
23.54 Linear metres (214 physical shelfmarks; 197 digital shelfmarks (1948 digital items))
Language of Materials
- Greek, Modern (1453-)
- Spanish; Castilian
Conditions Governing Access
Conditions Governing Use
Third party copyright exists in the archive.
Full range of shelfmarks:
Collection ID (for staff)
CMD ID 12752, 17418.17823
Biographical / Historical
Meadows was born in 1952 in Gloucestershire, England. He studied Photography at Manchester Polytechnic between 1970 and 1973, and began experimenting with photodocumentary projects during his studies, both independently and in collaboration with fellow student, Martin Parr.
After his graduation Meadows journeyed around England in the Free Photographic Omnibus when he travelled 10,000 miles in a converted double-decker bus and made 958 portraits in "free studio" sessions on the streets of 22 different British towns and cities, 1973-1974. Meadows stayed in contact with many subjects and contacts he met during this time. He revisited the bus project in the 1990s whilst completing a PhD at Cardiff University, photographing again some of the subjects of those portraits for his widely published and exhibited series National Portraits: Now & Then.
Inspired by Dana Atchley and the Centre for Digital Storytelling (CDS), Berkeley, Meadows pioneered the community digital storytelling project Capture Wales (2001-2008) for BBC Wales. Capture Wales encouraged many hundreds of people across Wales to embrace the arrival of the digital age in pop-up workshops by making their own two minutes of TV, framing their memories and pictures into digital stories, coined "multimedia sonnets from the people". Capture Wales won a BAFTA Cymru in 2002.
Meadows taught the documentary photography course with David Hurn in Newport, 1983-1994; also photojournalism, 1994-2001 and digital storytelling, 2000-2012, at Cardiff School of Journalism, Media & Cultural Studies where he also completed his PhD in 2005.
His work has been exhibited widely both in the UK and on the continent of Europe. Solo shows include Institute of Contemporary Arts London (ICA) in 1975, The Photographers' Gallery London, 1987 and National Media Museum Bradford, 2011. Group shows include Serpentine Gallery London, 1973 and Tate Britain, 2007.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
- Living like this - around Britain in the seventies Daniel Meadows (1975) London: Arrow Books
- Nattering in Paradise: a word from the suburbs Daniel Meadows (1988) Simon & Schuster
- National Portraits: photographs from the 1970s Val Williams (1997) Viewpoint Gallery, Montage Gallery
- The bus: the free photographic omnibus 1973-2001: an adventure in documentary Daniel Meadows (2001) London: Harvill
- Catalogue of the Archive of Daniel Meadows, photographer and social documentarist
- Finding aid prepared by Kelly Burchmore
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Edition statement
- This is the second edition of this catalogue.
- Finding aid note
- Cataloguing support provided by Carolyn Lewis.