Daniel Meadows: Early Photographs from the 1970s and 80s
The Daniel Meadows research project was established by Professor Val Williams in 2009. With partners the Library of Birmingham, Ffotogallery, Cardiff, Photoworks, Brighton and the National Media Museum,and with the co-operation and assistance of Daniel Meadows, PARC embarked on an ambitious programme of research which explored Meadows' archive from his early career as a documentary photographer. The research findings were disseminated via the exhibition Daniel Meadows: Early Photographs from the 1970s and 80s, which opened at the National Media Museum in September, 2011. The exhibition then toured to Ffotogallery, Cardiff and the Library of Birmingham (May, 2014).
PARC also collaborated with Photoworks to published an extensive monograph of Meadows' early work. The book, Daniel Meadows: Edited Photographs, was published in 2011. The original edition is now sold out, and a new paperback edition is planned.
Daniel Meadows was a prominent and enterprising member of a new grouping of young British practitioners active during the 1970s and 80s. Emerging from a changing system of photographic education which reinstated photography as art rather than craft, Meadows was part of the first wave of photographers, editors, publishers and gallery directors who used radical strategies to create new audiences and arenas for creative photography, sidestepping existing networks and creating entrepreneurial photography practices which would propel some of them to the considerable success and exposure and which would pave the way for the research culture in photography practice, curation and criticism which exists today.