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This is the first time that these photographs of the Cammell Laird Shipyard have been shown in their home town. The images will be accompanied by archive material relating to the history of the shipyard drawn from the Williamson’s own collection and Wirral Archives.
Wood was commissioned by the DPA to photograph the working lives of the men who built the ships as they were fighting to save the yard, and the shipyard prior to its closure after 170 years in Birkenhead. When the business re-opened as a repair yard, Wood was able to gain further access to photograph the next phase of the industry’s life. The images in the exhibition are due to be published by Steidl in a three volume publication, edited by our fellow exhibitor -photographer, Cian Quayle later this year and the Williamson hopes to host a book launch.
Tom Wood, known to many locals as the ‘Photie Man’, was featured in the BBC documentary series What do artists do all day? and has had solo exhibitions throughout Europe and the USA, including a retrospective exhibition in Moscow. His recent exhibition The Pier Head at Liverpool’s Open Eye Gallery proved to be their most popular for years. His images were exhibited earlier this summer at the Albert Dock in Liverpool in the ‘Art of Football’ with fellow photographers Ken Grant and Tabitha Jussa. He has also recently been part of Northern Narratives ‘New Brighton Revisited’ exhibition at Marine Point with photographers – Martin Parr and Ken Grant.
Many thanks to Spectrum Photographic for their assistance with mounting this exhibition.
Entry to the gallery and museum is free. Please remember that the Williamson is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. We have a dedicated car park and cafe, bookshop, art supply shop and free wifi.