The Daniel Meadows Archive is housed in the Bodleian Libraries at the University of Oxford. This website, with its 500 photographs and 40 videos, gives a window onto that archive.
I began doing documentary work in Manchester back in the early 'seventies.
Inspired by the writings of George Orwell and the photographs of Bill Brandt, I went to live in Moss Side, an inner city area that was undergoing regeneration, its residents moving away.
To get close to people, I rented a disused barber's, my Shop on Greame Street, and opened it at weekends as a free photography studio.
“Meadows was making a different kind of portrait, one more susceptible to the changing cultural climate of the decade, with a greater feeling of collaboration, or at least a sense of the subject controlling the photographer rather than the other way around... Pop-up studios are popular today, but in the 1970s this was a unique initiative.”
Gerry Badger: Another Country, British Documentary Photography Since 1945, pp. 115 & 156 (Thames & Hudson, 2022)
It was in my Moss Side studio that I developed the template for my subsequent practice, recording and communicating people's stories, their motivations and triumphs, the ups and downs of changing circumstances.
The years passed and I made increasing use of the tape recorder. In this way many of my pictures discovered the talkies. Some recordings I made at the same time as I took the photographs. For others I waited years. This site is where everything comes together.
In the News
In September 1973 Daniel Meadows jumped into the driver's seat of an aged Leyland Titan PD1 double-decker...
An experiment in countercultural values, socialist principles and collaboration. Fifty years after, it is just as remarkable…
The Observer Big Picture
Half a century ago, the British portrait photographer captured some of the regulars at a game in Northumberland…
Sunday Times Magazine
Free Photographic Omnibus 50th anniversary. Exhibition at Centre for British Photography, and ‘Book of the Road’ from Bluecoat…