Tom Wood studied fine art initially. He grew up around art, but not photography. He studied experimental film and then got into photography.
He used to buy postcard photos and then put them in albums. He essentially collected these photos of people who were dead/gone. Still did not know much about photography, but he really enjoyed making collages from magazine photographs. A Bill Brandt photo railway was on his childhood bedroom wall.
His dad worked in a car factory, so he used to spend a lot of time there and drew pictures of the men who worked there. He also worked there at one point. Wood then left for university and took photography at the end of his time in school. Tom recalls admiring Joseph Sudek's work. His first book on photography was by August Sander. At the end of his foundation course, he realized that he liked to collect photos of people.
Paul Strand had a retrospective that came to the national portrait gallery in 1995. Tom bought the monograph photobook. After that, he always bought photobooks whenever he saw them or had the opportunity. He also bought them from America through a seller in San Francisco.
When he left art school, he was a photographer at the Butlins over the summer in London. BBC also did a documentary on him called "What Artists Do All Day” on youtube:
Wood held a job in Liverpool during art school. He would take a bus since he didn’t drive. He tried to emulate Cartier Bresson by waiting for the right moment to press the trigger. He would also take a bus to unfamiliar areas and then would photograph there and back.
A Peak at Wood's "All Zones Off Peak”
Wood moved to New Brighton. He would take pictures of the parties there in the clubs and bars. The book of the photos is called "Looking for Love". People would ask to have their photograph taken, he then brought them back to the club. The people were surprised.
Dazed and Confused- find his black and white work?
Wood also photographed while traveling. Later when he had a family and kids, he ended up doing editorial work for a magazines and such to make enough money.
More Work by Tom Wood:
Work between 1973-2013 as organized by The Telegraph
- Richard Fineman
- Susan Sontag