From 1978 to 1999, British photographer Tom Wood spent his Saturday mornings at Great Homer Street Market, a retail market, just far enough outside the centre of Liverpool in the North of England, for it to have its own unique, more relaxed identity.
Complete with his Leica and out of date film, Tom made vibrant photographs of the shoppers as they hunted for bargains and met up with friends and family.
You enjoy this wonderful series in a new hardback book entitled Women’s Market: Tom Wood, published by STANLEY / BARKER.
“I was first introduced to Great Homer Street market in 1975, by a girlfriend with family in Dingle, Liverpool,” Tom told Creative Boom. “At that time, I bought two double breasted Worsted wool three piece suits and a three buttoned pin stripe suit with turn ups, for a total of four pounds. I thought, what a great market!”
“It was vast then down both sides of the street, but by the time I began to photograph, the second-hand clothes had all but disappeared. Yet the market was still crowded with the same mothers and daughters who for generations had frequented ‘Greatie’.”
A street photographer and portraitist, known for his documentary-style images, Tom Wood is best known for his photographs in Liverpool and Merseyside from 1978 to 2001, “on the streets, in pubs and clubs, markets, workplaces, parks and football grounds” of “strangers, mixed with neighbours, family and friends.” With each and every informal, candid scene that he captures, you can see Tom’s love of, and fascination with, humanity.
Women’s Market: Tom Wood, published by STANLEY / BARKER, is available to order via www.stanleybarker.co.uk.
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