PODCAST: A Photographic Life, Episode 121: Plus Photographer Daniel Meadows

In episode 121 UNP founder and curator Grant Scott is in his shed considering photographic ethics, common decency, empathy, inclusion and the importance of rules and knowing when to break them. 

Plus this week photographer Daniel Meadows takes on the challenge of supplying Grant with an audio file no longer than 5 minutes in length in which he answer’s the question ‘What Does Photography Mean to You?’

Here are Daniel’s Photographic Rules of Engagement as outlined in this episode.
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Daniel Meadows is an English photographer born in 1952. Meadows studied at Manchester Polytechnic. While a student he was inspired by a lecture by Bill Jay and rented a barber’s in 1972, inviting people to come into the Free Photographic Shop to have their photographs taken for no charge. Inspired by what Jay had said about Benjamin Stone’s travel around Britain, and for 14 months from 1973 he travelled around England in the Free Photographic Omnibus. Some of this work was published in Meadows’ first book, Living Like This, 1975. Meadows went on to photograph the northwest of England and Factory Records in the 1970s and in the 1980s to study the people of a middle-class London suburb of Bromley the latter published as Nattering in Paradise. In 1983 David Hurn invited him to help teach the Documentary Photography course at Newport College of Art and Design. From 1994 he has taught at Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies. From 2001 to 2006 Meadows was creative director of Capture Wales, a BBC Wales project. The Bodleian Libraries of the University of Oxford acquired his archive in March 2018. In autumn 2019, the Bodleian celebrated the acquisition with an exhibition of Meadows’ work, Now and Then, accompanied by a book. www.photobus.co.uk

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Grant Scott is the founder/curator of United Nations of Photography, a Senior Lecturer and Subject Co-ordinator: Photography at Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, a working photographer, and the author of Professional Photography: The New Global Landscape Explained (Routledge 2014)The Essential Student Guide to Professional Photography (Taylor Francis 2015)New Ways of Seeing: The Democratic Language of Photography (Taylor Francis 2019). His next book What Does Photography Mean to You? will be published in 2021.

His documentary film, Do Not Bend: The Photographic Life of Bill Jay can now be seen at www.youtube.com/watch?v=wd47549knOU&t=3915s.

© Grant Scott 2020



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