Peter Dench — Trawlermen

In 1998, Photojournalist Peter Dench spent five days onboard The Allegiance, a 60 foot UK Scarborough-based trawler, fishing the North Sea, with a crew of five.  The future has since become extremely bleak for the English Trawlermen; huge areas of the North Sea have been declared 'off limits' and fishing quotas have been slashed in an attempt to rescue dwindling North Sea stocks from the point of extinction. These measures have jeopardised the jobs of those in the industry and put dependent towns, like Scarborough, on the brink of ruin. Dench returned to The Allegiance in 2005 to be reunited with the crew and to find out how the decline of the North Sea fishing industry has affected their lives. “Being a Trawlermen is  tough; you spend weeks at sea and the income is unpredictable. Sleep is sporadic and the small bunks lie under the water line jammed next to the engine room. A metal box alone on the sea can deliver a feeling of vulnerability; in terms of fatalities, it’s the most dangerous job in the Britain.” Peter Dench

"Going to sea is like going to prison, with a chance at drowning besides" Samuel Johnson

Trawlermen was published today by Café Royal Books.

Please support Peter's Kickstarter campaign which will allow him to publish a recent project, The British Abroad.

Talking Picture no. 23: Stanley Replies — Daniel Meadows

This week's release from Daniel Meadows and Stanley Graham is proof of the value of engagement and collaboration. Stanley's home made movie. Excellent. If you're new to Daniel's work, please look at his Photobus website, and in particular, the digital storytelling section.

The Daniel Meadows Archive is at the Library of Birmingham, catalogue no: MS 2765.

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Talking Picture no. 21: Stanley Graham — Daniel Meadows

Stanley Graham and his engine, ideas for a 'well balanced life' and avoiding stress. Excellent, my favourite so far from the Daniel Meadows Archive (Library of Birmingham, catalogue no: MS 2765). I'm publishing this Thursday Bancroft Shed Engine House 1976, by Daniel Meadows. More of Stanley and the engine then...

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Talking Picture no. 16: George Hepple — Daniel Meadows

George Hepple, a retired blacksmith from Haltwhistle, as featured in  Living Like This (Meadows, Daniel. 1975. Living Like This: Around Britain in the Seventies. London: Arrow.) . The Daniel Meadows Archive is in the Library of Birmingham.

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Talking Picture no. 23: Bessie Dickinson — Daniel Meadows

Following from the release of last week's movie and book, from Bancroft Shed by Daniel Meadows, this week is a movie shot a year earlier, 1975 in Burnley. Still weaving, but perhaps the language of weaving in many ways. Talking Picture no. 23: Bessie Dickinson bessie_wide_thumbnail

Talking Picture no. 21: For Stanley — Daniel Meadows

Talking Picture no. 21: For Stanley, a movie made by Daniel Meadows about Stanley Graham who worked in a weaving mill in Barnoldswick, Lancashire. The movie, a part of the entire Daniel Meadows Archive, is held at the Library of Birmingham. 02_bancroft_weaving_shed

This movie coincides with the second in a series of eight books I'm publishing with Daniel. The book, Bancroft Shed Weaving 1976, will be published and available this Thursday morning (19.02.15) from the Café Royal Books website. Bacroft Shed Weaving 1976 — Daniel Meadows

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Talking Picture no. 15: Mrs Boxer Chandler—Daniel Meadows

Talking Picture no. 15: Mrs Boxer Chandler, a movie made by Daniel Meadows held as part of his archive at the Library of Birmingham. boxer_thumbnail

July 1974, Great Washbourne, Gloucestershire. This is the village where I was born and where my father spent his working life as agent to the Dumbleton Estate. I have returned in the Free Photographic Omnibus and am visiting Mrs Boxer, the village's oldest resident.

Daniel Meadows

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Talking Picture no. 13: John Payne—Daniel Meadows

This week's movie from the Daniel Meadows Archive, held at the Library of Birmingham.

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April 1974, from the Free Photographic Omnibus. John Payne, aged 12, with two friends and his pigeon Chequer, Portsmouth.

And then there's this painting, named after the pigeon in the film...Hm

Talking Picture no. 12: Mrs Byford—Daniel Meadows

This weeks window on the Daniel Meadows archive held by the Library of Birmingham: Talking Picture no. 12: Mrs Byford—Daniel Meadows

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March 1974, Stratford-upon-Avon, from the Free Photographic Omnibus. Mrs Byford and her friend Jean, are on their way to the cemetery to put flowers on the graves of loved-ones.

As you might know, the photographic department, archive and accessibility of that department of the Library of Birmingham is in danger. Proposed cuts in funding threaten to destroy what is of national and international significance. One of the most important photographic collections in the UK. Doing this, could potentially help prevent the disaster from happening.

Stockport Gypsies 1971 - Daniel Meadows

The first book I will publish in 2015, this Thursday, is Stockport Gypsies 1971 by Daniel Meadows. It's the the first in a series of eight books I'm publishing with Daniel. The books accompany the release of one of his movies; each offering an insight into a part of his archive which is held, in its entirety, by the Library of Birmingham. There are 40 movies in total, I will make a post here as each is released. The eight books will be printed as editions of 150-200 including a very limited boxed set (ed/50) of all eight, and including a DVD of the eight corresponding movies.

So here is this week's movie from Daniel:

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Stockport Gypsies 1971 Daniel Meadows 07.01.15 24 pages 14cm x 20cm b/w digital Edition of 200

The first in a series of eight books by Daniel Meadows. There will be a boxed set published as a very limited edition of 50, included in the edition of 200 mentioned above. The boxed set will include all eight books and a DVD containing eight corresponding movies. The movies, Daniel is releasing weekly over forty weeks, each offering an insight into his archive which is held at the Library of Birmingham.

Talking Picture no. 10: George Bowen—Daniel Meadows

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Talking Picture no. 10: George Bowen—Daniel Meadows

George Bowen of the National Front, talking fairly candidly in 1974.

Relevant.

The Daniel Meadows archive is held at the Library of Birmingham. The library has one of the most important and accessible photographic collections in the UK, curated by Pete James (Curator of Photography Collections. Budget cuts will directly affect the Library, the collection, this department and its ability to continue to provide the excellent service it does currently. There is a petition here that you can sign to help protect the library from the cuts, and one here which is more specific to the department. To make the choice easier, I'd suggest signing both!

Talking Picture no. 9: Mr Chadfield — Daniel Meadows

This week's short movie by Daniel Meadows; Talking Picture no. 9: Mr Chadfield, the eighth release in the series of forty. Pigeon post in Stoke on Trent. chadfield_thumbnail

I will soon compile a list of books on a separate page, but for now...

Further reading: Meadows, D. 2001. The Bus: The Free Photographic Omnibus, 1973-2001. London: Harvill. Meadows, D. 1975. Living Like This: Around Britain in the Seventies. London: Arrow. Williams, V. 2011.Daniel Meadows: Edited Photographs from the 70s and 80sBrighton: Photoworks. Meadows, D. 1988. Nattering in Paradise. Suburbia in the 1980's.London: Harper Collins.

Also, a tenuous link. The recently published Pigeons by Stephen Gill is very good. Gill used a telescopic window-cleaner’s and a flash to get shots of pigeons living around the city.

David Walker - Birds Don't Sing in The Dark

I posted last month, David Walker's Spectators series in conjunction with the release of his book of the same name. People watching, and people-watching are the core of the series which was shot between 1983-84. The Spectators so engrossed in their sport that David went unnoticed. David's work differs from most of what I publish. He comes from an art direction background, creating work on brief, using the appropriate method for the job. This is something I always encourage students to do, when for example, making artist's books. The form should be determined by the content. Can the form of the book lend itself to the way the reader perceives or uses the book?

Whereas most would tackle a project with a fairly consistent aesthetic style, David tackles each project very differently, as shown  here in two projects shot during the same period. From Kev to Bev (1985-86), and Birds Don't Sing in the Dark (1983-87)

Continuing from his Spectators project, David added:

What followed was a commission from Rod Taylor at Wigan Metro to photograph the people of Leigh. I decided to create a life size mural around the large gallery walls at the Turnpike with the characters I chose peaking out from the background at various intervals. ‘From Kev to Bev’ was based on a young married couple I found in Leigh.

The work was shown in an Arts Programme ‘Celebration’ by the BBC. Twelve of the images from that show were used some years later in a 1997 Calendar by the prestigious The Chase in Manchester titled ‘THERES NOWT SO QUEER AS FOLK’.

They won two D&AD Awards, one for photography and one for Design. It also won the Calendar of the year in Creative Review.

I was very precious about whether this work was being shown as it was originally intended so I decided audaciously therefore to turn down The Photographers Gallery who wanted to show the portraits framed individually.

Whilst working on that show I was conscious that I was not revealing my true character in my work so I began photographing images which reflected the mood I felt whilst living in a Thatcherite Britain, a dark brooding colourless country without much light at the end of a very long dark tunnel.

During that period I went to a gig and one of the acts was an Irish singer songwriter, Paul O’Reilly, and a lyric in one of the songs was ‘birds don't sing in the dark’. I couldn’t believe it because one of the images I took in the new series was of a bird’s nest in a butchered bush, I asked him therefore if I could use it as a title to my project. He agreed

‘Birds’ was also a change in direction for me, I decided right there that from now on there would be no more people in my photographs.

All images © David Walker.

Talking Picture no. 7: The Bus - Daniel Meadows

The seventh in a series of forty movies by Daniel Meadows. For just over a year, from late 1973, Meadows lived in a double decker bus he had bought for £360, soon after leaving Manchester Polytechnic. The Free Photographic Omnibus was his studio, gallery and home. He travelled 10000 miles offering free portraits to those who came, then gave prints to those who returned. Here Daniel re-introduces, quite modestly, his ambitious project. The Daniel Meadows archive is held at the Library of Birmingham.

"Talking Picture no. 7: The Bus" is the seventh release in a series of forty, weekly releases.

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Further reading: Meadows, D. 2001. The Bus: The Free Photographic Omnibus, 1973-2001. London: Harvill. Meadows, D. 1975. Living Like This: Around Britain in the Seventies. London: Arrow. Williams, V. 2011.Daniel Meadows: Edited Photographs from the 70s and 80sBrighton: Photoworks. Meadows, D. 1988. Nattering in Paradise. Suburbia in the 1980's.London: Harper Collins.