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CREDIT: Daniel Meadows

Engagement Talk - Daniel Meadows

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This Engagement talk features Daniel Meadows

Photographer, documentarist and digital storyteller Daniel Meadows (b.1952) has spent a lifetime recording British society, challenging the status quo by working in a collaborative way to capture extraordinary aspects of ordinary life through pictures, audio recordings and short movies.

Meadows is best known for his 10,000 mile journey around England in the Free Photographic Omnibus (1973-74), a project he revisited twenty-five years later for the series National Portraits: Now & Then.

His pioneering work of participatory media, BBC Capture Wales (2001-08), encouraged many hundreds of people to embrace the digital age in pop-up workshops, making their own two minutes of TV by framing their memories and pictures into digital stories. Capture Wales won a BAFTA Cymru in 2002.

Meadows taught the documentary photography course in Newport (1983-94) with David Hurn; also photojournalism (1994-2001) and digital storytelling (2000-2012) at Cardiff School of Journalism, Media & Cultural Studies where he completed his PhD (2005). In the 1990s he taught photojournalism workshops in the emerging democracies of eastern Europe. After 2000 he travelled repeatedly to Australia and the USA lecturing.

His photographs and short films have been exhibited widely both in the UK and on the continent of Europe. Solo shows include ICA London (1975), The Photographers' Gallery London (1987), National Media Museum Bradford (2011). Group shows include Serpentine Gallery London (1973) and Tate Britain (2007). 

A detailed and scholarly overview of his early work by Val Williams, Daniel Meadows: Edited Photographs from the 70s and 80s, was published in 2011.

A Café Royal Books boxed set edition Eight Stories (2015) celebrates the work he did while artist-in-residence in north-east Lancashire in the 'seventies.

In 2019 the Bodleian Library at the University of Oxford celebrated its acquisition of the Daniel Meadows Archive with the exhibition and book Now and Then England 1970-2015.   

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This event is part of our Documentary Photographer of the Year related events. Our competition details are here


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Mark Phillips




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