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Wood, Tom (Photographer); Heiting, Manfred (Editor) & Timoney, Padraig (Designer). PHOTIE MAN: THE TOM WOOD RETROSPECTIVE. Gottingen, Germany: Gerhard Steidl Druckerei Und Verlag, 2005. Softcover. First Edition/First Printing. 224 pages. As New.

Retrospective Exhibition Catalog. The single best overview to the photographic art of Tom Wood. The first and only edition. Published in a small and limited first print run as a softcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. A brilliant production by Tom Wood, Gerhard Steidl, and Padraig Timoney: Oversize-volume format. Glossy pictorial softcovers with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Photographs by Tom Wood. They are presented "bleed" on every page. Unlike all other retrospectives (and with the exception of the List of Plates and brief Biography discreetly appended at the end), there is no text. Edited by Manfred Heiting. Sequenced by Padraig Timoney, who has given the book its cool, hip, and improvisational look and feel. He has put together a vivid photo album rather than a dead-serious photobook. Printed on glossy stock paper by Steidl in Gottingen, Germany to the highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. Published on the occasion of the photographer's first major retrospective exhibition held at the Le Chateau d'Eau Toulouse, which travelled on to other European venues in 2005: The Musee d'Elysee Lausanne, FOAM Amsterdam, and Det Nationale Fotomuseum Copenhagen. Presents Tom Wood's "Photie Man". Which is what Tom Wood was affectionately called in his beloved hometown. "For 25 years, Tom Wood lived in New Brighton, just across the Mersey River from Liverpool. He became known locally as 'photie man' because everyday he was out on the streets with his camera. Most of the pictures collected together in this book were taken within five minutes' walk from Wood's home. The work focuses on the inhabitants of the town and its regular visitors, from Liverpool day-trippers to clubbers who attended the Chelsea Reach nightspot. A dazzling selection of cocky youths, friends, lovers, fathers, mothers, and babies that provide insight into the area, its inhabitants, and the rites of passage inherent in growing up" (Publisher's blurb). Tom Wood's "All Zones Off Peak" (1998) and "Bus Odyssey" (2001) 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". But his other collections, notably "Looking For Love" (1989) and "People" (1999), are gems that have also been influential. Images from all of his ground-breaking books are re-presented here, cast in a whole new light as the portrait of a vibrant local culture, and in the casually elegant style of a photo album. An absolute "must-have" title for Tom Wood collectors. This copy of the Exhibition Catalog is very prominently and beautifully signed in black 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 now collectible. This is one of very few such signed copies of the First Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Copies available online command as much as $160. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A rare signed copy thus. 106 color, 68 tritone 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 copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER TOM WOOD TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 386521083X. $100.00

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