Talking Picture no. 3: Angela Loretta Lindsey – Daniel Meadows

Daniel Meadows update!
Yesterday Daniel released another movie from his series of 40 (see previous posts for details).

This week’s “release” is made with the earliest audio recording from my archive (now in the Library of Birmingham). It’s from the free studio I ran on Greame Street in Manchester’s Moss Side, in 1972, and it’s very short. Just 37 seconds.

Talking Picture no. 3: Angela Loretta Lindsey” is the fifth release in a series of 40 weekly releases.

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David Walker – Spectators

Today I published a book by David Walker called Spectators. As part of his proposal, David sent me some notes explaining the work. There are more posts planned for next year which present more of David’s work; work that wouldn’t fit in terms of a Café Royal publications but is still very relevant in terms of UK Social Documentary.

I began making photographs in 1983. I’d been working as an Art Director in Advertising since I left school at 15, and at the ripe old age of 35 I began to look and appreciate the work of Weegee (Arthur Fellig), Eugene Smith, Gary Winogrand, and Tony Ray-Jones.

I was working then as one half of a freelance concept team with a writer, which afforded me a little time to persue something that I desperately needed to do (photography). I purchased a Pentax LX some lenses and began to take photographs.

One of my great interests when I was younger was Speedway Racing, I needed something to get excited about so I visited Belle Vue to see what I could find. I discovered two madly dedicated fans, and found that after their permission they were so infatuated with the sport that they forgot about me poking my camera just inches away from their animated faces. ‘SPECTATORS’ was born right there.

I enjoyed an amazing amount of success for my first project by being shortlisted at the Photographers Gallery and had shows at Oldham Art Gallery, the then prestigious Turnpike Gallery, and a part show ‘City life’ at the Cornerhouse making the front cover of the Cornerhouse magazine.

There are interesting stories surrounding every image in the book. Here are four that relate to the images below.

Wimbledon:
I managed to acquire a ticket for the semi final between Boris Becker and Stefan Edberg from my wife’s boss.The character I photographed because he came from a wealthy background would be termed as eccentric, if he was from a lower class background would be labeled MAD. I was seriously restricted in my movement so I waited patiently for this character to react to the play, when Boris won a set he stood up and gestured to a friend with the thumbs up sign.

Football:
With this image, I managed to obtain a ticket from Newcastle so that I could be in the Newcastle PEN. It was Hades in there,”I was in danger of my life”. However I managed to complete several strong images before someone stood beside me, and said in his best Geordie accent “I think you’d better go now”. The image shown here (which was shown in the Centenary of the Football League Book under the slogan “We hate humans”) was taken before the game even started.

The World Cup Snooker Final:
I decided to put my own slant on this by photographing the final between the unknown finalist Joe Johnson and Steve Davies in a Working Mens Club in Failsworth. The tension can clearly be seen on the faces of the Pool players as they watched the final frame of the tournament on the tele in the corner of the room.

Ice Hockey:
This was a very difficult shoot. I shot in several different areas before I realised that when the players were taking ‘A time out’
that they themselves became Spectators of their own sport.

Spectators by David Walker
27.11.14
36 pages
14cm x 20cm
b/w digital
Edition of 150

£7.00 available from Café Royal Books

All images © David Walker. Publication © Café Royal Books.

Talking Picture no. 2: The Shop on Greame Street – Daniel Meadows

I could listen to this all day, and look at the added 1970s educational TV type physics clips! Excellent. Another ‘Talking Picture’ from Daniel Meadows.
Meadows made this work in 1972, as a student, creating an important record of a community. Today, with estates such as Heygate (population over 3000) being demolished, and Robin Hood Gardens soon to be; the idea of recording a soon to be dispersed community is perhaps as relevant as it ever has been. The pattern today seems to be: Inexpensive rent, artists move in, café’s start to open, wine bars and galleries start to open, clubs start to open, developers move in, artists find somewhere else…And so on.

no. 2: The Shop on Greame Street” is the fourth release in a series of 40 weekly releases.
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Talking Picture no. 6: June Street, Salford – Daniel Meadows

Further to last week’s post, Daniel Meadows has released the next movie, ‘Talking Picture no. 6: June Street, Salford’.
In 1973, photography student Daniel Meadows with fellow student, Martin Parr, documented the residents  of June Street, prior to its demolition. The everyday life of families and the amazing patterns that occupy their homes.

no. 6: June Street, Salford” is the third release in the series.
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Daniel Meadows: 40 Years, 40 Weeks, 40 Movies

It’s forty years this month since Daniel Meadows completed his epic ten-thousand mile journey around England in his ‘Free Photographic Omnibus‘; the bus in which he lived during 1973-1974. It was also his darkroom and gallery.
Meadows is releasing a series of short movies, one every week for the next forty weeks.  Each movie focusses on a different story from his archive (which has just been acquired by the Library of Birmingham) and helps us to understand the incredible breadth of his work.

I will post reminders as these movies become available, but please subscribe to Daniel’s Facebook and Vimeo streams too.

no. 8: Mrs Emare” is the first release.
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no. 4: Bonfire Night (Angela again)” is the second.
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Tony Bock’s Social Landscapes in Britain

So far, I have published two books by Tony Bock, each focussing on a part of his Social Landscapes series shot during the 1970s. This week I am ‘releasing’ the third book in the series, Social Landscapes East London in the 1970s.
I first came across Tony’s work on the excellent Spitalfields Life. What attracted me to his work was the apparent honesty of the images. They look like they are shot by a tourist, although they don’t look like tourist photographs. I mean they have the innocence and playfulness of photographs taken by someone who doesn’t live in the place they are shooting, but a compositional and narrative structure which, in places, is reminiscent of shots from Tony Ray Jones‘s ‘a day off’, or Homer Sykes‘s ‘Once a Year’. The focus is human behaviour; the crowds and in some cases the emptiness or lack of crowd, the solitude of the photographer and topography of the area. Mostly he goes unnoticed, documenting moments which have become a record of change.

I asked Tony what led him to take these photographs.

When I was given a 35mm camera for my twenty-first birthday, I knew then I wanted to be a photographer.

But in 1972, after being asked to leave the Photo Arts course at Ryerson Polytechnic in Toronto, I found myself living in Yorkshire. Immediately, I was intrigued by this new and visually rich place, the beauty and character of the landscape, both rural and urban, and its people. And mostly I was fascinated by the overlapping of the past with the present.

A year later I moved to East London, working for several newspapers covering the area from Whitechapel to Essex. Another compelling place, and a great time to be there.

My family came from this part of London, my mother was born in Bow, and grew up in Dagenham. My Grandad, a docker, had worked in the Royal Docks for many years.

Then in 1978, I was offered work at The Toronto Star, the largest paper in Canada.  The racism and pollution in the East End were getting me down and when Maggie Thatcher was elected – well – that was enough to send me back home.

I worked at The Star for over thirty years, a great place to be a photojournalist. It was (and still is) a paper with a long history of great journalism, with editors that cared about photography. It had the budget to undertake long term projects, deal with social issues and send its staff around the world.

Today, I work on personal projects and contribute to Photosensitive, a group of photographers concerned with social change. But mostly, my wife Lyn and I spend much of our time restoring an old village railway station about eighty miles from Toronto. It was built by the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1904, but now sits in the woods, it hasn’t seen a train in over fifty years.

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I try to tell a story with my photographs. They are not just arty arrangements of subject matter in the 2×3 rectangle, but there should be relationships that develop between the elements. And when the images are edited into a sequence, they should be making a narrative. The world is a visual place to be, and photographers use a non-verbal vocabulary to describe their experience.

Tony Bock, 2014

Tony Bock’s Café Royal Books publications can be found here:
Social Landscapes London in the 1970s
Social Landscapes Britain in the 1970s
Social Landscapes East London in the 1970s

All images © Tony Bock. Publications © Café Royal Books.