b. 1951, Ireland

Tom Wood Artworks

Tom Wood's photographs are known for their matter-of-fact depiction of working-class subjects captured in the streets or on public transportation and shot with warmth and understanding.

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'Looking for Love'

From 1982 to 1985, Wood photographed the comings and goings at the Chelsea Reach nightclub in New Brighton, capturing the drunken and brash interactions of its patrons. The 31 resulting photographs documented the vitality of youthful aspirations, featuring young men and women engaged in promiscuous acts, draped in glam, or succumbed to boredom.

'Bus Journeys'

From 1978 to 2001, Wood photographed the streets of Liverpool and Merseyside, assembling a portrait of the region through subjects captured on public transportation during off-peak hour commutes, resulting in over 3000 rolls of film that narrate an 'epic of the everyday'.

Stanley Road - Bootle (1989) shows two children sitting inside a passing bus, who are looking out at the camera while two elderly women engage in conversation behind them. Images such as these have been published in the books All Zones Off Peak (1998) and Bus Odyssey (2001), documenting Liverpool in motion.

'Men / Women'

In the series 'Men / Women', Wood organised photographs from his archives under the headings 'Men' and 'Women', resulting in a study of gender, character, and place.

Amongst the photographs, Not Miss New Brighton (1978/1979) depicts two girls seated on the hood of a red car spread in seductive poses. Both look into the camera defiantly, offering a sharp contrast to the commonplace associations that tie beauty with submission.

The series was first shown at the Photographers' Gallery in London in 2012, varying in format, style, and colour—the memorable faces of Wood's subjects consolidating the images as an anthropology of the everyday.

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Vauxhall Circular by Tom Wood contemporary artwork photography
Tom Wood Vauxhall Circular, 1989 C-print
12 x 18.5 inches
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Stanely Road - Bootle by Tom Wood contemporary artwork photography
Tom Wood Stanely Road - Bootle, 1989 C-print
12 x 18.5 inches
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Smithtown Road by Tom Wood contemporary artwork photography
Tom Wood Smithtown Road, 1989 C-print
12 x 18.5 inches
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London Road - City Centre by Tom Wood contemporary artwork photography
Tom Wood London Road - City Centre, 1994 C-print
12 x 18.5 inches
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London Road - City Centre by Tom Wood contemporary artwork photography
Tom Wood London Road - City Centre, 1991 C-print
12 x 18.5 inches
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Hood Street Gyratory - City Centre by Tom Wood contemporary artwork photography
Tom Wood Hood Street Gyratory - City Centre, 1993 C-print
12 x 18.5 inches
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London Road - City Centre by Tom Wood contemporary artwork photography
Tom Wood London Road - City Centre, 1989 C-print
12 x 18.5 inches
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Strand Shopping Centre - Bootle by Tom Wood contemporary artwork photography
Tom Wood Strand Shopping Centre - Bootle, 1989 C-print
12 x 18.5 inches
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Grafton Street - Dingle by Tom Wood contemporary artwork photography
Tom Wood Grafton Street - Dingle, 1989 C-print
12 x 18.5 inches
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London Road - City Centre by Tom Wood contemporary artwork photography
Tom Wood London Road - City Centre, 1993 C-print
12 x 18.5 inches
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London Road - City Centre by Tom Wood contemporary artwork photography
Tom Wood London Road - City Centre, 1990 C - print
12 x 18.5 inches
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Hood Street Gyratory - City Centre by Tom Wood contemporary artwork photography
Tom Wood Hood Street Gyratory - City Centre, 1993 C-print
12 x 18.5 inches
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Virginia Road - New Brighton by Tom Wood contemporary artwork photography
Tom Wood Virginia Road - New Brighton, 1989 C-print
12 x 18.5 inches
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Stanely Road - Bootle, Flower Streets by Tom Wood contemporary artwork photography
Tom Wood Stanely Road - Bootle, Flower Streets, 1989 C-print
12 x 18.5 inches
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St. Anne's Street - City Centre by Tom Wood contemporary artwork photography
Tom Wood St. Anne's Street - City Centre, 1988 B/W print
6.5 x 10 inches
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Kensington by Tom Wood contemporary artwork photography
Tom Wood Kensington, 1988 B/W print
12 x 17.5 inches
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Kensington by Tom Wood contemporary artwork photography
Tom Wood Kensington, 1988 B/W print
11 x 17 inches
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Kirkby by Tom Wood contemporary artwork photography
Tom Wood Kirkby, 1986 B/W print
11 x 17 inches
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Between Wallasey and Birkenhead by Tom Wood contemporary artwork photography
Tom Wood Between Wallasey and Birkenhead, 1979 B/W print
6.5 x 10 inches
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Croxteth by Tom Wood contemporary artwork photography
Tom Wood Croxteth, 1986 B/W print
9.5 x 14 inches
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Scotland Road by Tom Wood contemporary artwork photography
Tom Wood Scotland Road, 1989 C-print
12 x 18.5 inches
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Gyratory - City Centre by Tom Wood contemporary artwork photography
Tom Wood Gyratory - City Centre, 1993 C-print
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Kirkby by Tom Wood contemporary artwork photography
Tom Wood Kirkby, 1996 C-print
12 x 18.5 inches
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Untitled (Looking for Love) by Tom Wood contemporary artwork photography
Tom Wood Untitled (Looking for Love), 1982-85 C-print on Fujicolor Archive
13 x 20.5 inches
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