Men and Women Photography Exhibition

Street photographer Tom Wood exhibits work originally published in book form at Belfast Exposed

Irish-born photographer Tom Wood's current exhibition, Men and Women at Belfast Exposed, details the lives of people in their everyday environments: on the bus, at the shops, in pubs, work spaces and nightclubs.

A street photographer for over 40 years, Wood became known in Liverpool, his adopted city, as the Photie Man, having rarely been seen without his camera. Constantly moving between different formats and photographic styles, Wood's background as an artist is clearly evident in his photographs, images of strangers, portraits of family and friends.

In the video babove, Belfast Exposed gallery manager Ciara Hickey picks out some of the stand out images from the exhibition: 'Wood was a playful photographer who focussed on colour, composition and story,' Hickey says. 'He has a very accessible style.'

Tom Wood was born in Mayo, west Ireland in 1951. He grew up in Cowley, Oxford and studied painting at Leicester Polytechnic. In 1978 he moved to Merseyside, where he taught photography part-time while working on his photographic projects.

Men and Women is taken from a creative collaboration with artist Padraig Timoney, a re-visiting of Wood's vast archive of images. What began to emerge was a subtle new reading of his work that dealt with gender alongside his other preoccupations with character and place.

Men and Women was first shown at The Photographers' Gallery, London in 2012 in an exhibition organised in collaboration with the National Media Museum, Bradford. The exhibition on show at Belfast Exposed is a new presentation organised in collaboration with Gallery of Photography, Dublin.

Men and Women runs in Belfast Exposed until March 14. A new pair of books, Men and Women (Steidl), are available for sale priced £59. Tom Wood is currently featured on the BBC's What Do Artists Do All Day? series now.