Dr Daniel Meadows - Dip. Photo (Manchester Polytechnic), PhD (Cardiff)
Daniel Meadows retired from Cardiff Summer 2012, contact at photobus.co.uk
Daniel Meadows’s career as a documentary photographer, oral historian, storyteller and teacher spans four decades. He has been described as "one of the icons of the Digital Storytelling movement". As a photographer he is recognised as a prime mover in the new documentary movement of 1970s Britain.
DANIEL MEADOWS: EDITED PHOTOGRAPHS FROM THE 70s AND 80s by Daniel Meadows edited by Val Williams (Photoworks).
Daniel Meadows is working with Professor Val Williams of the Photography and the Archive Research Centre (PARC), University of the Arts London (UAL) to investigate the Meadows archive - almost forty years of documentary photographs, sound recordings and storytelling.
Containing many thousands of negatives, plus audio tapes and digital stories, cataloguing of the archive began in June 2008. Williams joined the project in October 2009, after being awarded a funded UAL sabbatical.
The objective of this project is to establish a research context within which the archive can be properly explored, in relation not only to photography and oral history, but also to the social, physical, historical and cultural contexts which determined documentary from 1971-2010.
The aim is to establish a research network which will explore this context in an interdisciplinary way. The planned project outcomes are a book and a travelling exhibition, plus research network seminars and a one-day conference.
Project partners: Birmingham Central Libraries, Ffotogallery (Cardiff), National Media Museum (Bradford), Photoworks UK (Brighton), University of the Arts London (UAL), the University of Wales Newport.
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Meadows, Daniel. (2001) The Bus. London: The Harvill Press.
Meadows, Daniel. (1997) National Portraits—Photographs from the 1970s by Daniel Meadows, edited by Val Williams. Salford: Viewpoint Photography Gallery, and Derby: Montage Gallery.
Meadows, Daniel. (1993) Set Pieces—Being About Film Stills Mostly. London: BFI Publications.
Meadows, Daniel. (1988) Nattering In Paradise—A Word from the Suburbs. London: Simon & Schuster.
Meadows, Daniel. (1975) Living Like This—Around Britain In The Seventies. London: Arrow Books.
Book Chapters (include):
Meadows, Daniel and Kidd, Jenny. (2009 forthcoming) Capture Wales, The BBC Digital Storytelling Project in J. Hartley and K. McWilliam (eds.) Story Circle: Digital Storytelling Around the World. Oxford: Blackwell.
Meadows, Daniel. (1999) Then and Now in I. Jack (ed.) Love Stories Granta no. 68 (pp 105-142). London: Granta.
Meadows, Daniel. (June 2003) Digital Storytelling: Research-Based Practice in New Media. Visual Communication vol 2 (2), Sage Publications Digital Storytelling: Research-Based... PDF (website requires subscription)
Since 2008: Meadows has been researching ways of being able to explore the depth and range of his photography archive (and by implication the archives of others) through storytelling using multimedia. Newport School of Art, Media and Design
2007/08: Arts and Humanities Research Council & BBC Pilot Knowledge Exchange Programme Scheme: A Public Voice – Access, Digital Story and Interactive Narrative, collaboration with Dept. Creative and Cultural Industries at the University of Glamorgan. Meadows's role was to undertake an audit of Digital Storytelling practice in Wales.
2001/08: Capture Wales the BBC's Digital Storytelling project, Meadows was Creative Director of the project from 2001-06 and a consultant to the project from 2006-08.
Born in Gloucestershire, England, in 1952 Meadows studied at Manchester Polytechnic 1970-73. Notable photography projects from that time include The Shop On Graeme Street (1972) as well as collaborations with Martin Parr: Butlin's By The Sea in Yorkshire (1972) and June Street in Salford (1973).
Meadows toured England in the Free Photographic Omnibus (1973-74), and Living Like This – Around Britain In The Seventies was published in 1975.
In 1983 he moved to Wales and taught alongside David Hurn on the Documentary Photography course at Newport's School of Art and Design.
Since 1994, Meadows has taught across the full range of courses in Cardiff University's School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies. In the 1990s he also taught photography workshops for the Reuters Foundation, The British Council and others in the emerging democracies of Europe; also in India and Bangladesh.
His photographs have been included in a number of international touring shows. Solo exhibitions include Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), London (1975); Photographers' Gallery, London (1987); Royal Photographic Society, Bath (1996); Viewpoint Gallery, Salford (1997), and Photofusion, London (2001). In the summer of 2007, his work featured in Tate Britain's landmark photography exhibition How We Are, Photographing Britain.
He is the author of five books (see publications). His documentary for BBC Radio 4, Living Like This, was broadcast in 1996.
In 2001, he took the idea of Digital Storytelling to the BBC, where for five years he was seconded as creative director of Capture Wales which won a BAFTA Cymru in 2002 and a Cardiff University Innovation Network award in 2006. Between 2001 and 2008 Meadows travelled widely – particularly in Australia and the USA – lecturing about his pioneering work in participatory media. He delivered more than 40 auditorium presentations on the subject.
He was awarded his PhD in 2005 and an Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Photographic Society (RPS) in 2008.