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Wood, Tom (Photographer) & Bohmer, Sylvia (Editor/Author). BUS ODYSSEY: PHOTOGRAPHS BY TOM WOOD. Ostfildern-Ruit, Germany: Hatje Cantz Publishers, 2001. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 120 pages. As New. Signed.

Exhibition Catalog, presented as an Artist Book. The first and only edition. Published in a tiny first print run of 1000 copies as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now rare. An austerely elegant production by Tom Wood and Christina Hackenschuh Stuttgart: Regular-sized volume format. Glossy pictorial hard boards with black titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Photographs by Tom Wood. Introduction by Sylvia Bohmer. Stunning pictorial endpapers. List of Plates appended at the end. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper in Germany to the highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. Published on the occasion of the travelling exhibition of the same name, which commenced at the Museen der Stadt Aachen from October 20 through January 6, 2002, and travelled on to other venues in 2002 and 2003. Presents Tom Wood's "Bus Odyssey". His brilliant sequel to "All Zones Off Peak" (1998). Taken between 1978 and 1998, the project is an "offshoot", with a crucial twist, of the latter, which was taken previously, between 1979 and 1994. "The photographic synopsis of his second journey, very different from 'All Zones Off Peak'. The title refers to the situation of people travelling on the Liverpool buses. Like Odysseus, in the course of his journeys, the subjects are exposed to adverse and often harrowing circumstances. Homer's epic shows the hero as the plaything of the gods, unable to escape the trials imposed on him throughout the years of his journey. In their ambivalent condition between waiting and moving, the passengers in 'Bus Odyssey' represent Odysseus' contemporary counterparts" (Sylvia Bohmer). The two books have been compared by admirers to the greatest works in the same vein: Walker Evans' "Many Are Called", Bruce Davidson's "Subway", and Robert Frank's "The Americans". "Informed in a most complex and compelling way. I cannot think of a more engaging body of contemporary work" (Chris Killip). An absolute "must-have" title for Tom Wood collectors. This copy is very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed in green ink-pen on the title page by Tom Wood. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. This title is a contemporary photography classic. As far as we know, this is the only such signed copy of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. 92 plates. Tom Wood's "All Zones Off Peak" was selected as one of the greatest photography books in "The Photobook". One of the most brilliant photographers of our time. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER TOM WOOD TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 3775711228. $250.00

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