Tom Wood’s Women’s Market is on show at Sion and Moore now.
The exhibition features photographs taken over two decades at Liverpool’s Great Homer Street Market.
Images record the people – especially the women – who visited the market during the 1980s and 1990s.
Nicknamed Greatie, the market was established more than 180 years ago and is still going strong today.
Wood first visited Greatie in the early 1970s but didn’t begin photographing there until 1978.
He soon visited so often that he became, in his words, ‘part of the scenery’, even taking wedding pictures on request for some of the regulars.
This intertwining of photographer and subject means Wood’s work circumvents social documentary.
The salient impression is of each woman’s individuality, beyond their roles as mothers, girlfriends, sisters, friends, or daughters.
We also see the results of Wood’s constantly alert and assimilated eye, his inquisitive and participatory practice – photographs at once elegant, unpretentious and deeply significant.
Tom Wood was born in 1951 in County Mayo, West of Ireland.
He studied painting at Leicester Polytechnic in the early 1970s. It was during this time that he began taking photographs.
Wood lived and worked in Merseyside between 1978 and 2003 before moving to his current home in North Wales.
His numerous books include Looking for Love (1989), All Zones Of Peak (1998), Photie Man (2005) and Men/Women (2013).
He has exhibited widely both nationally and internationally.
Solo exhibitions include ICP New York, Gallery of Photography Dublin, Kunsthalle Bremen, Le Centre Cultural Suisse Paris, Foam Amsterdam, The Photographer’s Gallery London, University of Chester and National Media Museum Bradford.
Wood’s work is held in collections including ICP New York, MOMA New York, Art Institute of Chicago, National Media Museum Bradford, and Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
This exhibition at Sion and Moore is the first time the works have been made available.
The edition size is 7 + 2 APs. Paper size is 12 x 16”, 16 x 20” or 20 x 24”.
Colour hand prints have been printed on archival FujiFilm MAXIMA paper by Spectrum Photographic. Black and white prints are hand prints on archival Ilford FB Multigrade Paper.
The exhibition is open Wednesday to Saturday from midday to 6pm until December 15.