The OCA will be making a study visit at Ffotogallery in Penarth on Saturday 18th August to look at the work of acclaimed British documentary photographer, Daniel Meadows.
In the early 1970s Daniel Meadows embarked on a journey to create a social snapshot of Britain, breaking with photography tradition and infusing the medium with new energies and ways of seeing. Meadows’ resulting work displays complexity and passion and confers a personal and sometimes deeply autobiographical imprint. This exhibition and the accompanying Photoworks publication is the product of research by Professor Val Williams as part of an ongoing study into British photography of 1970s and 1980s at the University of the Arts, London. Together Val Williams and Daniel Meadows have brought to light the photographer’s incredible archive of prints and negatives, along with ephemera and audio recordings. They have unearthed unpublished and sometimes forgotten treasures which add to a dramatic, moving and empathetic depiction of a recognisable, yet increasingly alien era.
The project is originated by Photography and the Archive Research Centre (PARC) in partnership with Ffotogallery, National Media Museum, Birmingham Library and Archive Services, University of the Arts London and Photoworks UK. This is the same show that was on in Bradford, for which there was a study visit late last year. This video was made to co-incide with that show so it is a great introduction to Meadows and his work.
After looking at Meadows’ work, we will head into Cardiff, to the Chapter Arts Centre where Ffotogallery’s offices, and learning spaces are based. We will have a browse of their library, which as well as some rare monographs and catalogues, includes prints by John Davies, Paul Reas and other acclaimed practitioners, some who have contributed to Ffotogallery’s archive of the Vallleys.
We will then hold a seminar at Chapter to look at students’ current work, and to discuss further particular questions that might arise from Meadow’s work and the Ffotogallery archive. This will be very much along the lines of the last Ffotogallery study visit and seminar.
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