Thomas "Tom" Wood (born Ireland, 14 January 1951) is a photographer living and working in Britain. He is both a street photographer and landscape photographer, best known for his street photography around Merseyside (1978–2001). His work has been published in five books, been widely shown in solo exhibitions and received awards.
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.
The pictures in Wood's first book, Looking For Love (1989), were made between 1982 and 1985, and show the infamous Chelsea Reach nightclub. This was followed by the highly acclaimed All Zones Off Peak (1998), with pictures from 18 years of 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.
His work is included in the revised edition of Bystander: the History of Street Photography (2001) and All Zones Off Peak is described in The Photo Book: A History vol. 2 (2006).
^"Biscuit Tin Photo Archive". Oriel Mostyn. Retrieved 15 March 2014. Wood, who currently lives in North Wales and lectures at Coleg Llandrillo in Rhos-on-Sea, is well known for his photographs of the people of Liverpool and Merseyside, and has exhibited worldwide. This new exhibition ‘Landscapes’ however shows previously unseen images from over forty years of work responding to his surroundings in North Wales, Merseyside and the West of Ireland.
^"Tom Wood". Lens Culture. Retrieved 15 March 2014. Currently working part time as a lecturer in photography at Coleg Llandrillo in north Wales.
^ ab"Tom Wood - Landscapes". Oriel Mostyn. Retrieved 15 March 2014. Tom Wood – Landscapes, curated by Mark Durden, presents, for the first time, a selection of nearly 100 of Wood’s extensive and varied pictures made in response to the West of Ireland, Merseyside and North Wales. ... previously unseen and unpublished photographic works spanning forty years