Tom Wood, a photographer whom Martin Parr described in 1998 as “the unsung genius of British photography”, is originally from Ireland and has spent most of his life in Liverpool.
Known by the public as the “Photie Man “* (the guy with the camera) so much so that he and his camera have become part of the Liverpool landscape. The artist has been crisscrossing the smallest corners of his city on foot or by bus since the mid-1970s. The latter is the constitutive means of locomotion of his photography as his books “Bus Odyssey” and “All Zones off Peak” testify.

For almost thirty years, the street has been the framework of his photographic research.
This work, nourished by his daily life, is situated between documentary, life experience and visual research. His images, mostly taken with his Leica, alternating color and black and white, reveal the complicity he has with his subjects. He is one of them, lives like them, blends in with them. “He touches the intimate because he does not attack intimacy”, freeing himself from photographic constraints and authorizing himself a true visual freedom.

With Martin Parr, Chris Killip and a few others of the same generation, Tom Wood has largely contributed to the English social photography movement that has developed following the punk explosion in reaction to the Thatcher years.

Family Likeness


Irish Work



Happy Birthday Tom!

SIT DOWN gallery

01.23.2021 – 02.20.2021


Family Likeness

galerie SIT DOWN

11.06.2019 – 12.21.2019

Mothers, Daughters, Sisters.

Les Rencontres d’Arles

07.01.2019 – 08.25.2019

Solo show

Photo London

15.05.2019 – 19.05.2019


Solo show


03.11.2017 – 12.11.2017


Cynefin, les paysages gallois 

SIT DOWN gallery

10.11.2015 – 20.12.2015


1978 – 2003 : Les années Liverpool

SIT DOWN gallery

05.11.2011 – 21.01.2012


1951               Born in the west of Ireland

1973 -1976     Studies at Leicester Polytechnic B.A. (Hons) Fine Art (Painting)

1978 -2003     Lives ans works in Liverpool/Merseyside

2003               Settled in north Wales


2017   Forthcoming               

             “The DPA Work”  (Rainhill Hospital, Cammell Laird Shipyard)

              Steidl Verlag, Gottingen (2 vols)

            “The Pierhead”GwinZegal, Guingamp. France

             “Shopping Market”Stanley/Barker, London

2015   “Looking for Looking for Love” Sorkika, London (Special Edition)

2013    “Men and Women”Steidl Verlag, Gottingen (2 vols)

2011    “F/M”Editions 205, Villeurbanne, France

2005    “Photie Man” Steidl Verlag, Gottingen

2004    “Not Only Female…”(Exhibit Cat.) Schaden, Cologne, Germany

2001    “Bus Odyssey” Hajte Cantz, Ostfildern-Ruit, Germany

2000    “Tom Wood” (Exhibit Cat.) Galerie im Buergerhaus Neunkirchen/Saar  

1999   “People”Wienand Verlag, Cologne, Germany

1998    “All Zones off Peak” Dewi Lewis Publishing, Stockport, UK

1989    “Looking for Love” Cornerhouse, Manchester & Aperture, New York

Personal exhibitions

2017   “Tom Wood Liverpool” House of Photography, Moscow

2016     The Pierhead – L’Embarcadere, 1978-2002, Centre Photographique at Le Pôle
             Image Haute-Normandie

2015    Cynefin, Welsh landscapes‘,galerie SIT DOWN, Paris, France

            ‘Intimate landscapes’, Centre culturel Irlandais, Paris, France

2014    “Tom Wood – Landscapes“ Mostyn Gallery, Llandudno, Ffotogallery Cardiff

Women“ Fondation d’enterprise Hermes, Bern, Switzerland

2013    ‘Tom Wood. Britain 1973 – 2012’, Ekaterina Cultural Foundation, Moscow

            ‘Tom Wood: Photographs 1973-2013’   National Media Museum, Bradford

            ‘Men and Women’Thomas Erben Gallery, New York

2012    ‘Men and Women’The Photographers’ Gallery. London

            Galerie Albrecht, Berlin

            ‘F/M’Le Bleu du ciel, Lyon, France

            Le Centre d’ Art, GwinZegal, Guingamp, France

2011    “1978-2003, The Liverpool years “ galerie SIT DOWN, Paris, France

“F/M“ galerie Le bleu du ciel Lyon

2010    “Facts of Life. Photography in Britain 1974-1997” National Museum, Krakow, Poland                                         

2009    Museum 52, London

2006   “HyperDesign”Shanghai Biennale, China

‘Chelsea Reach’The Approach, London

2005    The National Museum of Photography, Copenhagen, Denmark

‘Photieman’Le Chateau d’Eau, Toulouse, France

Foam Museum, Amsterdam

2004    ‘Ruestrassen’Le Centre Cultural Suisse, Paris, (in assoc. Paris Photo)

Kunsthalle, Bremen, Germany

Centre de la Photographie, Geneva

2003    C/O, Berlin, Germany

2002    Thomas Erben Gallery, New York

Kasseler Kunstverein, Kassel, Germany

           Stadtische Galerie, Wolfsburg

           Kunsthalle, Wilhelmshaven

2001    ‘Bus Odyssey’Suermondt-Ludwig Museum, Aachen, Germany

2000    ‘People’Galerie im Buergerhaus, Neunkirchen/Saar, Kunstverein, Ulm, Germany

Thomas Erben Gallery, New York

1998    ‘All Zones Off Peak’Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, UK

Galerie F.M. Schwartz/Photokina, Cologne

1996    International Centre of Photography, New York

1989    ‘Looking for Love’The Photographers’ Gallery, London

Joint exhibitions

2014  Été photographique de Lectoure, France (with Matthais Bruggmann)

2012    Mönchehaus Museum, Goslar, Germany (with Martin Parr+Antanas Sutkus) 

Image Singulieres,Sete, France

2009    Tom Wood and Padraig Timoney, Museum 52, London                        

2004    Musee de l’Elysee, Lausanne, Switzerland (with Larry Sultan)   

2003    “Gary Winogrand and Tom Wood”  Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne

1996    “Inside Out”Galerie du Jour Agnes b., Paris (with Richard Billingham and

             Paul Seawright)

Group exhibitions

2016     “Transiciones”PhotoEspaña festival, Madrid

             “At Spectrum”– Brighton Photo Biennial, UK

“British subjects“Centre d’art Gwinzegal, France
2015    “Work, Rest, Play: British Photography from 1960s to Today”Shenzen  and

             Minsheng Art Museum Shanghai, China

            “Eyes Wide Open”Fotografie Forum Frankfurf. Also Berlin, Vienna and Munich.

2014    “Augen Auf!”Deichtorhallen Internationale Kunst und Photographie, Hamburg.

           “Punctum:Reflections on Photography”Salzburger Kunstverein, Germany

“Resonance 2011”La Biennale de Lyon, France

            “Nothing in the Place”  Bunkier Sztuki Contemporary Art Gallery, Krakow

            & Brighton Biennial, Photo Fringe

2009    “Manners”Focke Museum, Bremen, Germany 

“Light Writing”Literaturhaus Cologne, Germany

“Planete Parr”Jeu de Paume, Paris

2008    “Baby”Nederlands Fotomuseum, Rotterdam,

2007   “How We Are: Photographing Britain”, Tate Britain, London     

“Shrinking Cities” Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit, USA   

“Centre of the Creative Universe, Liverpool and the Avant-Garde”, Tate Gallery, Liverpool

“On View”Photo London, Old Billingsgate, London

 Frieze Art Fair London,  (Approach Gallery)

2006   “Closed Eyes”Museum for Fotokunst, Odense, Denmark

“People and Places” Museum of Modern Art, New York

 “La Boum II” Sies+ Hoke Galerie, Dusseldof

2005    “24 x 36”Leica Gallery, New York

2004    “Wirklich Wahr! Realitatsvesprechen von Fotographien” Ruhrlandmuseum, Essen

“Schrumpfende Stadte” Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin

“Sammlung Kunne”Kunsthalle, Bremen, Germany

“Relating To Photography”FFI – Fotografie Forum International, Frankfurt 

“Street Life”Rotunda Galerie, Cologne, Germany

 “We go round and round…”, COMME CA Gallery, New York

“Sad Beautiful Life” C/O Berlin, Germany

“L’amour Toujours”  galerieXprssns, Hamburg, Germany

2002    “Becks Futures”, ICA, London

“Zipp”  Kassler Kunstverein, Kassel

2001    “The Sidewalk Never Ends”Art Institute of Chicago, USA

2000    “Les Photographies Collectionnees par agnes b” Centre National de la Photographie, Paris      

1999    “Internationale Fototage” Herten, Germany

1996    “Blindspot”Paolo Baldicci Gallery, New York

1995    “20 Modern British Photographs” Victoria & Albert Museum, London

1994    “Street Photography” Victoria & Albert Museum, London


Selected public collections

Museum of Modern Art New York

International Centre of Photography New York

Art Institute of Chicago

Victoria & Albert Museum London

National Museum Of Photography, Copenhagen

British Council London

Stadt. Galerie Wolfsburg, Germany

National Media Museum, Bradford

Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool


2007    “Major Production Award” TheArts Council of Wales

2002   “Prix Dialogue de l’Humanite” (Outreach Award), Recontres d’Arles, France

2000   “Year of the Artist”, Arts Council of England

1999     Terrance Donovan Award, Royal Photographic Society

1996   Artist Honorarium, International Centre of Photography, New York

1995   Photography Publishing Grant, Arts Council of England


2002    Awards for Artists Paul Hamlyn Foundation

2001    Becks Futures Award, Institute of Contemporary Art, London

1996    The Arts Foundation Fellowship


TV / radio

2014   “What Do Artists Do All Day?”BBC4  UK (30 mins)

           “l’Été photographique de Lectoure”  Arte TV France 01/08/14 (3mins)

2013   “The Works” RTE Ireland  (9 mins)

2007    Tom Wood Deutschlandfunk– DLR National Radio, (50 mins)

2004    “Tom Wood Photieman”– Deutschland Radio Berlin, Interview with Jochen Stöckmann, 7/7/04 URL:

2002    “The Talk Show”– TV BBC4, 7/5/02 (Becks Futures profile)

2000    “Ticket to ride”GranadaTV (38 mins) 

1990    “Tom Wood photographer”,The Great North Show – GranadaTV (8mins) 10/8/90

Books & articles

2017    Westerbeck, Colin & Meyerowitz, Joel, eds. Bystander: A History of StreetPhotography   Laurence King Publishing, London

2016 Transiciones, Ten Years The Transformed Europe,  La Fabrica, Madrid

             Franklin, Stuart, The Documentary Impulse Phiadon, London

2015   Durden, Mark, Photography Today: A History of ContemporaryPhotography, Phaidon Publishing, London, pp170-172

            Koetzler, Michael, AUGEN AUF! 100 years of Leica Kehrer Verlag, Germany

2014   Punctum, Reflections on Photography, Long Declan, Salzburger Kunstvereinpp86,152-53

2013   Sviblove, Olga Fashion and Style in Photography, Eight Moscow International Biennale pp64-71

 Durden Mark, Under the Influence UK and France, pp224-231

2011    Koetzle, Hans Michael, Taschen, Koln Photographers A-Z

2009   Moos, Norbert (collection) Licht Schreiben Literaturhaus, Cologne, Germany pp83-92

2008    van Erp, Hedy & Sikking, Iris Baby (Cat.) Veenman Publishers, Rotterdam

2007    Toennies, Merle Constructing an Emblematic Northern Space underThatcherism in: Ehland, Christoph (ed) Thinking Northern: Textures of Identityin the North of England Rodopi, Amsterdam and New York pp305-324

                Williams, Val & Bright, Susan, eds. How We Are – Photographing Britain (Exhibit Cat.) Tate Publishing, London, p155

                Grunenberg, Christoph and Knifton, Robert, eds. Liverpool and the Avant-Garde, (Exhib. Cat.) Liverpool University Press in assoc. with Tate Liverpool pp2-3, 54, 55, 76, 77

2006    Parr, Martin & Badger, Gerry, eds. The Photo Book: A History vol.2 Phiadon, London, p308

                Oswald, Philipp, ed. Shrinking Cities Exhib. Cat. Hatje Cantz, pp140-143,158-161

2005    Moran, Joe Reading the Everyday Routledge London, pp26-28

2002    Kotzle, Michael Lexikon der Fotografen, 1900 – heute  Knauer Verlag.

                Schwabsky, Barry  Becks Futures 2002, cat. ICA London, pp6-7, 66-71


                Balkenhol, Bernhard, ed. Zipp, Kasseler Kunstverein cat. Nr. 8/2002 & 9/02


Articles (selection)

2021    « Je n’ai pas le permis de conduire, je photographie ce qui m’entoure  » La balade irlandaise de Tom Wood Le Monde, novembre 2021

2019    « Mères, filles, sœurs » L’hommage de Tom Wood aux femmes Fisheye, juillet 2019

              Photographie : douceurs arlésienne Grazia, Juillet 2019

              Rencontres d’Arles : les immanquables de l’édition 2019 Le Point, Juillet 2019

              Photographie : nos 12 expositions préférées aux Rencontres d’Arles Le Monde, Juillet 2019

              Les coups de cœur de Polka aux Rencontres d’Arles Polka, Juillet 2019

              The big picture: Liverpool’s mothers go to market The Guardian, Juin 2019

2018     Femme des années 80     Grazia, Novembre 2018

2014     BBC News – Photographer Tom Wood’s landscapes

   “What do Artits do all day” BBC Four, Fevrier 2014 (vidéo)    

             Everett, Lucinda, The Telegraph Culture 5 Sept          

2013    Tom Wood– Britain. 1973–2012 MAMM

2012    O’Hagen, Sean “Tom Wood’s Men and women in pictures” The Guardian, London       

   Coomes, Phil “Tom Wood’s men and women” BBC Newsin pictures 10 Oct

   Ollier, Brigitte “Tom Wood, bus repetita” Liberation, Paris 29/06/2012

    Poiret, Dominique “L’odyssée de Tom Wood” Libération, Paris, 30/06/2012

2009     Wais, Alain “Working Class Hero” French, Iss.15

2003       Hickling, Alfred  “Photieman ”, The Guardian, London 26/6/03

      Fletcher, Jane “Tom Wood : Making Sense ”, Source, Iss.36, Belfast

2002       Smith, Roberta “Looking for Love ”, The New York Times 13/12/02 

2000       Drost, Ralf “Ouverture “: Flash Art, Milan, Italy XXXIII, May-June, p109