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Photo Show – First major UK exhibition of work by Tom Wood to open at The Photographers’ Gallery London

© Tom Wood, Seacombe Ferry 1985, photo courtesy the artist and The Photographers’ Gallery.

© Tom Wood, Ladies Toilet Attendant 1985, photo courtesy the artist and The Photographers’ Gallery.

The first major UK show of Irish-born photographer Tom Wood Men and Women opens at The Photographers’ Gallery on 12 October and runs until 6 January. Wood continuously recorded the everyday lives of the people of Liverpool and the Merseyside area from 1973 until the early 2000s, working in both black and white and later in colour. The exhibition will showcase over sixty previously unpublished portraits as well as a selection of vintage prints and book dummies of his now out-of-print publications Looking for Love (1989), All Zones off Peak (1998) and Photieman (2005).

“Editing from long-term and previously unseen bodies of work, such as the Football Grounds, Shipyard and Docks and Women’s Market, Tom Wood has re-evaluated these images through a creative collaboration with artist Padraig Timoney. Grouping the images in a non-chronological order under the headings Men and Women, the exhibition will showcase a curated selection of these photographs,soon to be published as two separate books by Steidl. The installation of the photographs will reflect the sequencing of the books mixing the different formats, styles and processes. This arrangement will highlight the formal correspondences and relationships between pictures as well as Wood’s prolonged involvement with his subject matter.

“His photographs include both candid and posed portraits of people alone or in groups. Images of strangers are interspersed with those of friends and family and are often made from repeated engagements with particular locales.

© Tom Wood, Maryhill 1974, photo courtesy the artist and The Photographers’ Gallery.

“Trust and empathy are both key elements in Wood’s practice and his photographs are the result of considered observation, offering affirmative responses to moments from the lives of those he pictures.” From the press release.

© Tom Wood, Old Man on bench, Graffiti tiles 1985, photo courtesy the artist and The Photographers’ Gallery.

Men and Women is a collaboration with the National Media Museum, Bradford. It is curated by Stefanie Braun, Senior Curator, The Photographers’ Gallery and Greg Hobson, Curator of Photographs at the National Media Museum.

Filed under: Documentary photography, Photographers, Photography Shows, Portraiture Tagged: documentary photography, Liverpool, london, Men and Women, Merseyside, Padraig Timoney, The Photographers’ Gallery, Tom Wood

Cover Stories

I had coffee with a photographer friend this morning who encouraged me to share my good news on LENSCRATCH. I try to steer away from using this platform to showcase my own work, but hey, how often does one see their image on the cover of PDN?

So, forgive me, but I’m pretty excited.

Almost a decade ago, I received my first magazine cover–on SHOTS Magazine. It was utterly exciting for me, as I was tethered to my life as a wife and mother and had few photographer friends, certainly none that I actually knew in the flesh. I had brief correspondences with (via snail mail) photographers I admired through SHOTS, but no real community, and no where to share my excitement. But it made me feel validated that someone (that would be Russell Joslin), recognized something in my work worth sharing–and that was huge in my small world.

One day, a few weeks after the SHOTS cover came out, I recieved a post card in the mail. The handwriting was that of someone old, and it said:

dear girl-
your photograph Hotel Fiorita moves my heart soft and silent.
“voici mon secret il es tres simple; on ne voit bien qu’avec le cœur. L’essentiel est invisible pour les yeux.”

signed c.l.

To translate:
“Here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly, what is essential is invisible to the eye.” (from The Little Prince)

That post card still hangs directly over my computer as a reminder to shoot with the heart, not the head. I have no idea who “c. l.” was or is, but if you are reading this post, thank you for taking the time to share that with me. And while I’m at it, thank you Russell Joslin, and the staff at PDN, in particular, Amber Terranova.