This week’s movie from the Daniel Meadows Archive…
Talking Picture no. 17: Mr Cothrow
The perils, pitfalls and pleasures of competitive leek growing.
The Daniel Meadows Archive is at The Library of Birmingham, ref:MS2765
George Hepple, a retired blacksmith from Haltwhistle, as featured in Living Like This (Meadows, Daniel. 1975. Living Like This: Around Britain in the Seventies. London: Arrow.) .
The Daniel Meadows Archive is in the Library of Birmingham.
Talking Picture no. 16: George Hepple
Following from the release of last week’s movie and book, from Bancroft Shed by Daniel Meadows, this week is a movie shot a year earlier, 1975 in Burnley. Still weaving, but perhaps the language of weaving in many ways.
Talking Picture no. 23: Bessie Dickinson
This weeks window on the Daniel Meadows archive held by the Library of Birmingham:
Talking Picture no. 12: Mrs Byford—Daniel Meadows
March 1974, Stratford-upon-Avon, from the Free Photographic Omnibus. Mrs Byford and her friend Jean, are on their way to the cemetery to put flowers on the graves of loved-ones.
As you might know, the photographic department, archive and accessibility of that department of the Library of Birmingham is in danger. Proposed cuts in funding threaten to destroy what is of national and international significance. One of the most important photographic collections in the UK. Doing this, could potentially help prevent the disaster from happening.
Talking Picture no. 11: Robert William Bloomer—Daniel Meadows
This week’s insight into Daniel Meadows’s archive, held at the Library of Birmingham, is a movie of Robert Bloomer—a chain maker from Cradley Heath.
The seventh in a series of forty movies by Daniel Meadows. For just over a year, from late 1973, Meadows lived in a double decker bus he had bought for £360, soon after leaving Manchester Polytechnic. The Free Photographic Omnibus was his studio, gallery and home. He travelled 10000 miles offering free portraits to those who came, then gave prints to those who returned.
Here Daniel re-introduces, quite modestly, his ambitious project. The Daniel Meadows archive is held at the Library of Birmingham.
“Talking Picture no. 7: The Bus” is the seventh release in a series of forty, weekly releases.
Meadows, D. 2001. The Bus: The Free Photographic Omnibus, 1973-2001. London: Harvill.
Meadows, D. 1975. Living Like This: Around Britain in the Seventies. London: Arrow.
Williams, V. 2011.Daniel Meadows: Edited Photographs from the 70s and 80s. Brighton: Photoworks.
Meadows, D. 1988. Nattering in Paradise. Suburbia in the 1980’s.London: Harper Collins.
Daniel Meadows update!
Yesterday Daniel released another movie from his series of 40 (see previous posts for details).
This week’s “release” is made with the earliest audio recording from my archive (now in the Library of Birmingham). It’s from the free studio I ran on Greame Street in Manchester’s Moss Side, in 1972, and it’s very short. Just 37 seconds.
“Talking Picture no. 3: Angela Loretta Lindsey” is the fifth release in a series of 40 weekly releases.
I could listen to this all day, and look at the added 1970s educational TV type physics clips! Excellent. Another ‘Talking Picture’ from Daniel Meadows.
Meadows made this work in 1972, as a student, creating an important record of a community. Today, with estates such as Heygate (population over 3000) being demolished, and Robin Hood Gardens soon to be; the idea of recording a soon to be dispersed community is perhaps as relevant as it ever has been. The pattern today seems to be: Inexpensive rent, artists move in, café’s start to open, wine bars and galleries start to open, clubs start to open, developers move in, artists find somewhere else…And so on.
“no. 2: The Shop on Greame Street” is the fourth release in a series of 40 weekly releases.
Further to last week’s post, Daniel Meadows has released the next movie, ‘Talking Picture no. 6: June Street, Salford’.
In 1973, photography student Daniel Meadows with fellow student, Martin Parr, documented the residents of June Street, prior to its demolition. The everyday life of families and the amazing patterns that occupy their homes.
“no. 6: June Street, Salford” is the third release in the series.
It’s forty years this month since Daniel Meadows completed his epic ten-thousand mile journey around England in his ‘Free Photographic Omnibus‘; the bus in which he lived during 1973-1974. It was also his darkroom and gallery.
Meadows is releasing a series of short movies, one every week for the next forty weeks. Each movie focusses on a different story from his archive (which has just been acquired by the Library of Birmingham) and helps us to understand the incredible breadth of his work.
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“no. 8: Mrs Emare” is the first release.
“no. 4: Bonfire Night (Angela again)” is the second.