Daniel Meadows awarded RPS Fellowship
Monday, September 22, 2008
Daniel Meadows is to be awarded an Honorary Fellowship of The Royal Photographic Society.
Daniel Meadows, Cardiff University lecturer in Photography and Participatory Media, is to be awarded an Honorary Fellowship of The Royal Photographic Society (RPS).
The award will be presented at the Royal Photographic International Awards ceremony in London on 2 October 2008.
The award is offered annually to individuals who have made significant contributions to the art and science of photography. The evening will be hosted by Adam Hart-Davis Hon FRPS.
Other award winners this year include Sir David Attenborough (Progress Medal), Martin Parr (Centenary Medal) and Chris Steele-Perkins (Terence Donovan Award); also the veteran Picture Post photojournalist John Chillingworth, South African photographer Peter Magubane and the photo-historian Gail Buckland (J Dudley Johnston Award).
Celebrating the creativity and commitment demonstrated across the whole spectrum of photographic endeavour, The Royal Photographic Society's Annual International Awards is an important event in the photography calendar and continues to honour some of the world's most celebrated photographers.
Daniel is perhaps best known for his 2001 book 'The Bus'. Daniel said “The book told of my journey in 1973-4 around England in the Free Photographic Omnibus, an old double decker bus which I converted into my home-cum-studio and darkroom. I made a national portrait of the English.”
A sample of Daniel's Photography with comments
"Taken from 'The Bus'. The two lads are Manchester United supporters. The picture was made in Barrow-in-Furness. The records in polythene under the arm of the bloke on the right are mostly heavy metal records. The album on the top is by Deep Purple." View
"Another portrait from my series made on the Free Photographic Omnibus in 1974. This one, also taken in Barrow-in-Furness, was on the cover of my 1997 book 'National Portraits'." View
"Before I lived in my bus I ran a Free Photographic Shop in Greame Street, Moss Side, Manchester. The neighbourhood was being redeveloped and, before their houses were demolished, I asked local people to sit for their portraits." View
"These people had been watching a demonstration in central Manchester, 1973." View
"In the 1990s I spent a lot of time looking for some of these people again, an adventure which the book and my website Photobus chronicles."