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Photie Man: 50 Years of Tom Wood

The retrospective show is named after Wood’s nickname ‘photieman’. This affectionate title was bestowed to him by locals during his 25 years in Liverpool. Tom Wood has dedicated much of his career to the people and places of Liverpool and Merseyside to create an intimate, diverse and knowing portrait of the city and the surrounding area, and his pioneering photographs capture a definitive phase in the social and political history of the region.

© Robin Clewley

Visitors can expect highlights such as renowned projects ‘Looking for Love’ from the Chelsea Reach nightclub in New Brighton. Wood’s iconic Bus Series (‘All Zones Off Peak’) is also on show. The exhibition also explores Wood’s use of found photographs and landscape photography taken in Ireland and North Wales, including vintage postcards Wood collected as a youth, alongside never-before seen film work from the artist.

© Robin Clewley

Spectrum was delighted to produce colour hand prints of a selection of Wood’s images for the exhibition. A celebrated aspect to the work on show.

Photie Man: 50 Years of Tom Wood runs at Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool until 07 Jan 2024. For more details on the exhibition and booking, see the National Museums Liverpool website. You can also preview some of the works from the retrospective via the gallery’s engaging short promo video.

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