Tom Woods 101 Footage is a two-decade lengthy portrait of Merseyside
Tom Wood's new photo book 101 Pictures features a range of works by the photographer captured over 23 years on Merseyside, where he moved from his hometown of Mayo, Ireland, in 1978. Many of the photos were taken within a ten-minute walk of his Wallasey home, and rocking between high-contrast flash photography and more subtle shots of everyday life.
The book features images from Wood's most famous photo series, including All Zones Off Peak and Bus Odyssey, which are the fruits of his various bus trips around the area. In this series, Wood captures quiet moments among passengers, crowds waiting at bus stops, and views from the bus window.
Top picture: Has anyone a hairspray ?, 1983. Here: (Direction) Netherton, 1989. All pictures © Tom Wood, courtesy of RRB Photobooks
The book also includes images from his Looking for Love series from the early 1980s, including a photo of a sea of meticulously coiffed women (see above), affectionately titled "Someone Has Hairspray?"
The series captured the hustle and bustle and drunken interactions of people in one evening at the Chelsea Reach disco pub in New Brighton – an area that also drew the lenses of photographers Martin Parr and Ken Grant in the 1980s and 1990s.
Gangolads, Anfield, 1992
Blue End, 1989
Images from the Photie Man series (inspired by a nickname the locals gave Wood) and lesser-known photographs from his early career are also featured. Elsewhere there is insight into traditional gender roles and the rituals associated with them, be it in the women's market (the result of a 16-year-old ritual on Saturday morning that visited the Great Homer Street Market in Liverpool) or on match day in Liverpool and Everton.
101 Pictures covers a long period of time across various series and provides a comprehensive overview of Wood's work in the Merseyside area. In addition, it serves as a warm documentation of the area, its people and their daily routines and at the same time captures the easily overlooked magic of everyday life, which has become a precious commodity in 2020.
King Street (tear stained), Wallasey, 1978Finding a Couple (color film), 1990Fashion Sisters (Sunglasses and Platforms), 1973Rachel, age 17, 1985Our day trip in 1982
101 images of Tom Wood are published by RRB Photobooks; rrbphotobooks.com