Daniel Meadows: 50 years of The Free Photographic Omnibus

A photograph of a man wearing a jacket and jeans standing in front of a red double-decker bus, the Free Photographic Omnibus

© Peter Broughton


Daniel Meadows: 50 years of The Free Photographic Omnibus

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 Tuesday 2 May 2023


  Sir Victor Blank Lecture Theatre, Weston Library

  Free, booking required

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About the event

50 years ago, photographer Daniel Meadows set out in The Free Photographic Omnibus, a Leyland Titan double-decker remodelled as his mobile home, darkroom and gallery. He drove it around towns and villages and offered free portraits to the people he met on his travels. The photographs became a vast and beautiful archive, now safely deposited in the Bodleian Library.

In this talk, Daniel Meadows triumphantly returns to muse on his life and work and the power of photography.


Daniel Meadows is a pioneer of contemporary British documentary practice. A photographer, documentarian and digital storyteller, he has spent a lifetime recording British society, challenging the status quo by working in a collaborative way to capture extraordinary aspects of ordinary life through pictures, audio recordings and short movies. The Bodleian Library acquired the full Daniel Meadows Archive in 2018.

 Booking information

Booking is required for this event, which will be held in person at the Weston Library. Once you have booked your place, the ticketing system will send you an automated confirmation.


Sir Victor Blank Lecture Theatre, Weston Library, Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3BG

 Wheelchair access

The Weston Library is wheelchair accessible.


We gratefully acknowledge the support of Sir Brian and Lady Pomeroy towards our photography season activities.

The Bodleian Libraries Learning Programme is generously supported by The Helen Hamlyn Trust:

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