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5.0 out of 5 stars A Formidable Work In Two Wonderful Volumes, 15 Jan 2014
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I lived next door to Tom for a couple of years in the very late 1970s. I am therefore lucky enough to have some small inkling into Tom's love of the people and places of Merseyside as well as having had the opportunity to observe some small part of his projects at that time. Having completely lost touch, it was an exciting moment when I saw some online reviews of his exhibition last year at the Photographer's Gallery which included some images that were unmistakably Tom Wood's.

So what is so special? When photographing individuals or groups Tom manages to capture an extraordinary intimacy. It is almost as if he is accepted by his subjects as part of the moment but (and this is an important but) his "presence" has a minimal impact. You see people as they are in their place and at a moment in time. The sense of intimacy follows you through the books - every time you turn a page you get the feeling you are just about to see someone you know well. You always feel that each photograph tells a much longer story that the limits of the scene would ordinarily encompass.

Everyone I show the books to has their own list of favourite images. My own are a mix of nostalgia (not just for the place but the time) and sheer gob smacking beauty found in a face or pose that Tom has managed to lever out of what many would have often considered the most unlikely sources. There is magic here and astonishing art.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tom Wood: Men & Women, 29 Mar 2014
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I love it. Tom Wood is a genuine 'observer of life& people' & an indefatigable 'image maker'.This book is a great collection of work from a man who has persistently spoken to us through his camera lens. The pictures are quite beautiful..an antidote to the ubiquity of commercial advertising, or those with 'souped up' fashionability & techno slick, such as Martin Parr's.
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Tom Wood: Men / Women by Tom Wood (Hardcover - 16 Sep 2013)
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