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Wood, Tom (Photographer) & Holborn, Mark (Contributor). TOM WOOD: ALL ZONES OFF PEAK. Stockport, England: Dewi Lewis Publishing, 1998. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. Unpaginated. As New/As New.

The photographer's breakthrough second collection. One of the finest photography books of the 20th century. Published in a small and limited print run with the support of the Arts Council of England. There is no American edition. A brilliant production by Tom Wood and Mark Holborn: Oversize-volume format in oblong shape. Blue linen cloth boards with titles embossed on cover and gilt titles embossed on spine, as issued. Photographs by Tom Wood. Afterword by Mark Holborn. Printed on thick coated stock paper in the United Kingdom to the highest standards. In pictorial DJ with bright-orange titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Published on the occasion of a worldwide travelling exhibition. The photographs have been exhibited thus far at Galerie du Jour Paris, Aperture Gallery New York, the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), the International Center of Photography (ICP) New York, and numerous other venues in the United Kingdom. Presents black-and-white and color photographs taken by Tom Wood over a fifteen-year period (1979-1994). "Starting from the premise that he would photograph Liverpool and the people of Merseyside from the top of a bus, Tom Wood has shot over 3, 000 rolls of film, developing and refining his theme. The photographs are both visually stunning and dramatically revealing in their content. The result is a body of work of immense power already recognised as one of the most impressive achievements of recent British photography" (Publisher's blurb). The title comes from the fact that Wood bought bus tickets for "off-peak" hours, entitling him to travel to all areas within the Merseyside region and in the course of time, becoming a photographic badge or ID for him and his singular project. Wood has been taking photographs for more than three decades and remains best-known for this book. "Looking for Love", his book on discos and teenage clubs, showed a photographer of enormous promise and impeccable eye. "Bus Odyssey", one of his most scarce titles, is a thematic continuation of "All Zones Off Peak", with a new twist. The two books have rightly been compared in their fluidity as well as concentrated power, documentary empathy, and aesthetic rigor to the very best works in this vein: Walker Evans' "Many Are Called", Bruce Davidson's "Subway", and Robert Frank's "The Americans". "Wonderful photographs. I would say they are as good a set of pictures that one sees every five or ten years, if you're lucky" (Lee Friedlander). "Informed in a most complex and compelling way. I cannot think of a more engaging body of contemporary work" (Chris Killip). The photographer's masterpiece, this is a "must-have" title for Tom Wood collectors. This copy is prominently and beautifully signed in green pen on the title page by Tom Wood. This is an Import title, was not commercially distributed in the United States, and has been out-of-print for a long time. This is the only signed copy available online and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. 39 color, 30 black-and-white plates. Tom Wood's "All Zones Off Peak" was selected as one of the greatest photography books in "The Photobook". One of the finest living photographers. A flawless collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER TOM WOOD TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 1899235868. $400.00

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