Daniel Meadows and Britain in 1970s

Daniel Meadows’ photographs from 1970s Britain reveal a nation both at home and in all its summertime holiday-making finery. A new show of his work from the period has just opened at the Ffotogallery in Penarth in Wales

From Butlin’s by the Sea, 1972 © Daniel Meadows

Daniel Meadows’ photographs from 1970s Britain reveal a nation both at home and in all its summertime holiday-making finery. A new show of his work from the period has just opened at the Ffotogallery in Penarth in Wales…

The exhibition, and book from Photoworks, are the result of Professor Val Williams’ ongoing research into British photography of the 1970s and 80s. Working with Williams, Meadows had put together a vast collection of archival material; from prints and negatives, to audio recordings and other ephemera.

Many of the photographs in the show were taken during Meadows’ 1973 tour of Britain, which he undertook in a double-decker bus that also acted as his studio. He also worked collaboratively with his subjects, often interviewing them in the process.

Images in the show and book come from Meadows’ 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: Early Photographic Work runs until September 8 at Ffotogallery, Turner House, Plymouth Road, Penarth CF64 3DH, with more details available at ffotogallery.org. Edited Photographs from the 70s and 80s is published by Photoworks (£25); details at photoworks.org.

From Butlin’s by the Sea, 1972 © Daniel Meadows

From Free Photographic Omnibus, 1973-74 © Daniel Meadows

From Shop on Greame Street, 1972 © Daniel Meadows

From Free Photographic Omnibus, 1973-74 © Daniel Meadows

From June Street, Salford, 1972 © Daniel Meadows

 

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