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Invitation – Photie Man: 50 Years of Tom Wood at Walker Art Gallery

Major new exhibition to showcase 50 years of the artist’s work.

You’re invited to the press preview of Photie Man: 50 Years of Tom Wood – the first major retrospective of the artist’s work in the UK.
• Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool. William Brown Street, L3 8EL
• Thursday 18 May, 12pm – 2pm
• To RSVP or for interview requests, contact
• Download images here

Matchdays at Anfield and Goodison Park, trips to “Greatie” Homer Street Market and bus journeys through the streets of Liverpool all feature as part of the new exhibition Photie Man: 50 Years of Tom Wood, celebrating over half a century of work from the acclaimed Irish-born artist.

Known across Merseyside as “Photie Man”, Wood’s photographs evoke the spirit of Merseyside life from the 1970s to the present day. Together, they provide an insight into everyday life and culture in Liverpool – presenting people and places not usually represented in art, and creating an intimate, multi-layered portrait of the city and its inhabitants.

Taking in over half a century’s work, the exhibition will move from vintage photographs that Wood started collecting whilst still at school, alongside never-before-seen photographs from a wide range of formats. Additionally, some of the artist’s experimental film work will be included, from the 1980s to the present day.

A series of Wood’s most iconic photographs from the 80s and 90s will feature, including those from ‘Looking for Love’ (1989) – a portrait of New Brighton’s Chelsea Reach nightclub – to the well-known bus photographs of ‘All Zones Off Peak’ (1998). These will appear alongside rarely shown works from the Cammell Laird shipyard and around Liverpool’s two celebrated football grounds. The exhibition will also include Wood’s ‘Irish Work’, made since the 1970s, together with recent landscape photography made around his current home in North Wales.