Tom Wood (photographer)
Thomas "Tom" Wood (born Ireland, 14 January 1951) is a street photographer working in England, particularly Merseyside (1978–2001). He has had solo shows, and his work has been collected in five books.
Life and career
Although Wood photographed working class Liverpool exclusively for many years, his primary interest is not documentary. Trained as a painter at the conceptually orientated Leicester Polytechnic from 1973–76, his first exploration of lens-based media was through extensive viewing of experimental films. His photography has explored a "multiplicity of formally divergent themes and quotations" his approach "much more fluid than the current conventions of post-Conceptual photography or photojournalism dictate" He has worked with colour negative film continuously since 1976, while often using both black and white and colour in different locations.
Books of photographs
The pictures in his first book, Looking For Love (1989) were made between 1982 and 1985, and features the infamous Chelsea Reach nightclub. This was followed by the highly acclaimed All Zones Off Peak (1998) featuring pictures resulting from spending eighteen years riding the buses of Liverpool during his 1978 to 1996 'bus odyssey' – the images selected from 100,000 negatives. The book People followed this in 1999, and the major retrospective book Photie Man made in collaboration with Irish artist Padraig Timoney, was published in 2005.
Featured works and awards
His work is also included in the revised edition of Bystander: the History of Street Photography (2001) and his book All Zones Off Peak featured in The Photo Book: A History vol.2 (2006). Wood received the "Terence Donovan Award" from the Royal Photographic Society in 1998 and the "Prix Dialogue de l'Humanite" at Les Recontres d'Arles, France in 2002.
Wood has worked with video on a daily basis since 1988, filming family life. He has also made landscape pictures since the 1970s in the west of Ireland. He moved to North Wales in 2003.
List of works
Books and Catalogues
- Looking for Love. Manchester: Cornerhouse, 1989
- All Zones off Peak. Stockport: Dewi Lewis Publishing, 1998
- People. Wienand Verlag, Cologne, Germany, 1999
- Tom Wood. Galerie im Buergerhaus Neunkirchen/Saar, Germany Exhib Cat. 2000
- Bus Odyssey. Hajte Cantz, Ostfildern-Ruit, Germany, 2001
- Not Only Female…. Exhib. Cat, Schaden, Cologne, Germany, 2004
- Photie Man. Göttingen: Steidl Verlag, 2005
- Men and Women. Göttingen: Steidl, 2012
- The International Centre of Photography, New York
- The Museum of Modern Art, New York
- The Art Institute of Chicago
- The National Museum of Photography, Copenhagen
- Stadtische Galerie, Wolfsburg
- National Media Museum, Bradford
- The Victoria & Albert Museum, London
- Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool
- 1996 International Centre of Photography, New York; Galerie du Jour Agnes b., Paris.
- 1998 Museum of Modern Art, Oxford; Galerie F.M. Schwartz/Photokina, Cologne
- 1999 Galerie Albrecht, Munich; Gallery of Photography, Dublin
- 2000 Thomas Erben Gallery, New York; Galerie im Buergerhaus, Neunkirchen/Saar; Kunstverein, Ulm, Germany
- 2001 Suermondt-Ludwig Museum, Aachen, Germany
- 2002 Thomas Erben Gallery, New York; Kasseler Kunstverein, Kassel, Germany; Stadtische Galerie, Wolfsburg; Kunsthalle, Wilhelmshaven
- 2003 C/O, Berlin, Germany
- 2004 Kunsthalle, Bremen, Germany; Centre de la Photographie, Geneva; Le Centre Cultural Suisse, Paris (Paris Photo)
- 2005 Le Chateau d'Eau, Toulouse, France; Foam Museum, Amsterdam; Musée de l'Élysée, Lausanne, Switzerland (with Larry Sultan); The National Museum of Photography, Copenhagen, Denmark
- 2006 The Approach, London
- 2012 Photographers' Gallery, London
- 2013 Thomas Erben Gallery
Selected Group Exhibitions
- 1994 Street Photography, Victoria & Albert Museum, London
- 1996 Blindspot, Paolo Baldicci Gallery, New York; Inside Out, Galerie du Jour Agnes b., Paris (with Richard Billingham and Paul Seawright)
- 1999 Internationale Fototage, Herten, Germany
- 2000 Les Photographies Collectionnees par agnes b, Centre National de la Photographie, Paris
- 2001 The Sidewalk Never Ends, Art Institute of Chicago, USA
- 2002 Becks Futures, ICA, London; Zipp, Kassler Kunstverein, Kassel
- 2003 Garry Winogrand and Tom Wood, Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne; We go round and round…, COMME CA Gallery, New York; Sad Beautiful Life, C/O Berlin, Germany; L’amour Toujours, galerieXprssns, Hamburg
- 2004 Wirklich Wahr! Realitatsvesprechen von Fotographien, Ruhrlandmuseum, Essen; Ruestrassen; Schrumpfende Stadte, Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin; Sammlung Kunne, Kunsthalle, Bremen, Germany; Relating To Photography, FFi – Fotografie Forum International, Frankfurt; Street Life, Rotonda Galerie, Cologne; Independents 04, Liverpool Biennial, UK Native Land, Oriel Mostyn, Llandudno & Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff
- 2005 24 x 36, Leica Gallery, New York
- 2006 HyperDesign, Shanghai Biennale, China; Closed Eyes, Museum for Fotokunst, Odense, Denmark; Shrinking Cities, Pratt Manhattan Gallery/Van Alen Institute, New York; People and Places, Museum of Modern Art, New York; La Boum II, Sies+ Hoke Galerie, Dusseldof
- 2007 How We Are: Photographing Britain, Tate Britain, London; Centre of the Creative Universe, Liverpool and the Avant-Garde, Tate Gallery Liverpool; On View, Photo London, Old Billingsgate, London
- 2008 ParrWorld, Haus der Kunst, Munich; Baby, Nederlands Fotomuseum, Rotterdam
- Coomes, Phil (3 October 2012). "Tom Wood's men and women". BBC News. Retrieved 10 October 2012.
- Timoney, Padraig (January 1999). "Tom Wood". Frieze Magazine (44). Retrieved 29 April 2009.
- Schwabsky, Barry (December 2000). "Tom Wood – Brief Article". Art Forum. Retrieved 29 April 2009.
- Grant, Ken. "foto8 Reviews: Photie Man". Retrieved 30 April 2009.
- Meyerowitz, Joel; Westerbeck , Colin (16 November 1994). Bystander: A History Of Street Photography. Bulfinch. ISBN 978-0-8212-1755-9.
- Parr, Martin; Badger, Gerry (7 October 2006). The Photobook: A History – Volume 2. Phaidon Press. ISBN 978-0-7148-4433-6.
- Article search on Art Forum
- Wood, Tom. All Zones Off Peak. dewi lewis publishing. ISBN 1-899235-86-8.
- Wood, Tom (May 2005). Photie Man. Steidl. ISBN 3-86521-083-X.