Iconic British photographer Daniel Meadows has been documenting the world around him for almost half a century. He calls it celebrating "the felt life of the great ordinary." Throughout this time, Daniel has encountered and captured strangers all over England.

Fiercely independent, Meadows has had a unique artistic journey. He first ran a free portrait studio in Manchester’s Moss Side in 1972. Then he traveled 10,000 miles in a converted double-decker bus, the Free Photographic Omnibus, setting up impromptu portrait sessions in towns and cities across the country's heartland. 25 years later, he decided to reunite with some of the people he met during the 1970s.

The title Now and Then is a perfect reflection of Meadows' work which involved him photographing his subjects across long intervals in their lives. These photographs — children, adults, couples captured in the 1970s and again in the 1990s have made a very important contribution to documentary journalism as a whole.

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May (1919-1995) And Melody "Molly" Gower, 1974 And 1997

May (1919-1995) And Melody "Molly" Gower, 1974 And 1997

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Tess
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1 year ago

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An exhibition of his still photographs and moving images will be on display at the Weston Library, Bodleian Libraries, from 4 October to 24 November. The exhibition, providing a retrospect of Daniel Meadows’ work, is taking place to celebrate Meadows’ complete archives coming to the Bodleian Libraries and is supported by the Bern Schwartz Family Foundation.

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Florence Alma Snoad 1974 And 1999

Florence Alma Snoad 1974 And 1999

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Chicken Pox
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1 year ago

Apart from the hair, she does age. Stunning!

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The exhibition will feature a set of 34 portrait photographs, arranged in pairs, each depicting the same people separated by an interval of 25 years between the 1970s and the 1990s. It will also include 16 short digital stories made using material from across Meadows' archive — letters, newspaper cuttings, journals, diaries, negatives, contact sheets, and audio recordings — shown on touch screens in a custom-built video-booth.

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David (Left) And Mary (Right) Ingram, 1974 And 1998

David (Left) And Mary (Right) Ingram, 1974 And 1998

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Agnes Jekyll
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1 year ago

she doesn't really look that different

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Richard Ovenden, Bodley’s librarian said, "Daniel Meadows is one of Britain’s national treasures. He is one of our great documentary photographers. His work is both concerned and humane, and engages individuals and communities thoughtfully and sympathetically. His body of work, stretching for almost fifty years, charts major social changes in Britain, but always has the lives and lived experiences of people at its heart. Daniel Meadows: Now and Then through his photographs, videos and other material from his archive, provides Daniel’s unique perspective on British society in recent decades. We are truly honored to have been gifted his archive which will be a major resource for scholars and an inspiration for photographers."

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Michael Mcparland (Left) And Peter Mcparland (Right), 1974 And 1995

Michael Mcparland (Left) And Peter Mcparland (Right), 1974 And 1995

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Kim Bush
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1 year ago

Two handsome young men

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Christine Stauton (Left) And Christine Laughran (Right), 1974 And 1995

Christine Stauton (Left) And Christine Laughran (Right), 1974 And 1995

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Lucille Wenzel
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1 year ago

BFFs

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Left To Right, Dave, Maggie And Steve Summerton 1974 And 1999

Left To Right, Dave, Maggie And Steve Summerton 1974 And 1999

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Whatever...
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1 year ago

She aged nicely!

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Lyn (Left) And Stella Brashher (Righ), 1974 And 1999

Lyn (Left) And Stella Brashher (Righ), 1974 And 1999

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Stille20
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1 year ago

They committed to that hair style

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Peter (Left) And Susie Gatesy (Right), 1974 And 2000

Peter (Left) And Susie Gatesy (Right), 1974 And 2000

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Monday
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1 year ago

I love how the height ratio almost totally reversed itself.

boredpanDaman
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1 year ago

yes, it looks like the woman shrinked

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Jennifer Gorman
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1 year ago

She looks so proud of him in both photos. As the Mom of a son myself I can feel it in her eyes.

Mo Mo
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1 year ago

I was thinking that myself

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Monika Soffronow
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1 year ago

Still a good boy.

Rebecca Henderson
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1 year ago

He looks like he’s always been good & respectful of his Mama. I think she has a beauty about her, maybe it’s happiness.

MissDemeanour
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1 year ago

Is mummy trans?

TC
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1 year ago (edited)

They look totally different people to me...

Tifferooski
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1 year ago

I have the same body type as that poor woman.

Thundercuss
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1 year ago

My wife has that body type and she's gorgeous.

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Ana Miranda @ Lisbon, Portugal
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1 year ago

Peter learned well how importante is a smile! I love this one. They look so closed now and then.

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Karen Cubin (Left) Barbara Taylor (Right), 1974 And 1995

Karen Cubin (Left) Barbara Taylor (Right), 1974 And 1995

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SirPatTheCat
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1 year ago

Wow both of them look really different

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David (Left) And Maureen Wade (Right), 1974 And 1995

David (Left) And Maureen Wade (Right), 1974 And 1995

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Akorfa No.9
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1 year ago

Their cheeky smirks tho!! :')

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Martin (Left) And Debbie Pout (Right), 1974 And 1999

Martin (Left) And Debbie Pout (Right), 1974 And 1999

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boredpanDaman
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1 year ago

nice

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Ken Emery (Left) Ed Murphy (Right), 1974 And 2000

Ken Emery (Left) Ed Murphy (Right), 1974 And 2000

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Agnes Jekyll
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1 year ago

Ed looked like you shouldn't leave him alone with your hubcaps in 1974, and 20 years later, he looks like a soccer coach.

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Mary Clarke, 1974 And 1998

Mary Clarke, 1974 And 1998

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Isabella kratosisy
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1 year ago

Looks happier.

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Angela Hendley, Dot Rooney And Kim Hillman, 1974 And 1995

Angela Hendley, Dot Rooney And Kim Hillman, 1974 And 1995

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Night Owl
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1 year ago

😢 I'm so sorry. That's the second case where there's less people in second pic than in the first

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Robin Jones, 1974 And 1998

Robin Jones, 1974 And 1998

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Raine
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1 year ago

Boy Becomes man

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Left To Right: Brian Morgan, Martin Tebay, Paul Mcmillan, Phil Tickle, Mike Comish, 1974 And 1995

Left To Right: Brian Morgan, Martin Tebay, Paul Mcmillan, Phil Tickle, Mike Comish, 1974 And 1995

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Agnes Jekyll
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1 year ago

I think I prefer the pants of 1974

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Phil Thompson, 1974 And 2000

Phil Thompson, 1974 And 2000

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Amanda Kelley
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1 year ago

It's Sean Penn

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