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Tom Wood at TH13

Women

One of the leading artists on the contemporary English scene presents a distinctive vision of Liverpool at TH13, through images of its women. Photographer Tom Wood presents a new series of portraits produced over more than thirty years, in the heart of the great port city. 

Fondation d'Entreprise Hermès - Tom Wood at TH13
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Liverpool is the adopted city of Irish-born photographer Tom Wood (b. 1951). His extended exploration of its streets and people has earned him the local nickname ‘photie man’. Wood’s work is wholly devoted to this working-class city, its people and streetlife, through images rooted in the everyday scene. An attentive observer, Wood eschews classification as a ‘documentary’ photographer: rather, he sees himself as an integral part of the world he captures, ever respectful of his subjects’ privacy, communicating through his lens.

This close but unspoken interaction between photographer and subject is embodied in Women, an exhibition of selected pictures from Wood’s œuvre over the past three decades (beginning in 1975), combining posed and spontaneous images in a range of formats, in colour and black-and-white. The series takes an unflinching look at women in their everyday environments, anonymous subjects whose poses and looks communicate powerful emotions held firmly in check.

Tom Wood’s diffident gaze forges a complex, infinitely rich, humane community. Exhibition curator Paul Cottin evokes his ‘frank sincerity and familiarity, born of the photographer’s daily presence among his subjects; this unadorned chronicle of women of all ages, alone or in small groups.’ Women offers a fresh, thematic exploration of a new facet of an endlessly fascinating, much-photographed city.

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