In the spring of 1972 Daniel Meadows, then just twenty years-old and a student at Manchester Polytechnic, rented a disused barber’s shop on Greame Street in the city’s Moss Side district and opened a free photography studio.
Meadows has explained that The Shop on Greame Street was inspired by the 1969 BBC TV documentary ‘Beautiful, Beautiful’, which showed Bruce Davidson photographing East 100th Street in Harlem. He loved the work for its engagement, intimacy and the generosity Davidson drew out of the people he photographed.
Manchester was demolishing its ageing Victorian housing stock and resettling the occupants in new ‘walkways in the sky’. The vibrant and multicultural community of Moss Side was broken up. Meadows set about recording its people before they moved on.
From this Moss Side project and his subsequent journey round Britain in the Free Photographic Omnibus, to his pioneering digital storytelling work with the BBC (Capture Wales 2001-07), documentarian and teacher Daniel Meadows has spent a lifetime recording British society and challenging the status quo by working in a collaborative way to capture extraordinary aspects of ordinary life through photographs, audio recordings and short movies.
He has exhibited many times in solo and group exhibitions. Permanent collections of his work can be found at the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Library of Birmingham. In the 1990’s he led photojournalism workshops for the Reuters Foundation, the British Council and other organisations in Europe and the India Subcontinent. From 1994 he has taught at Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies.