Wood was born in Country Mayo in Ireland to a Catholic mother and Protestant father, before moving to Merseyside, where his best known work – of discos and pubs, and life on the buses and in the street – was made. “That was really lucky as well, that I ended up in Merseyside where there were so many Irish. At the women’s market on a Saturday morning, just looking at my mum, seeing some of the women’s faces – there’s a certain shared cultural sensibility, this body language. It probably helped me.”
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“Sometimes I go to Ireland just to photograph, but it wouldn’t have been the same if I didn’t have family there, you know? That was always really important to it,” says photographer Tom Wood. “The fact I don’t drive meant that I tend to stay generally mostly around the farm. It’s kind of limited me but it makes for a different kind of picture than going to the obvious places that you ‘should’ photograph really.”

Top: Wiring, Nephin Beg Range, 1986. Above: Plasterers on the Verge, 1987. All images © Tom Wood