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Tom Wood: Looking for Love, Photographs from Chelsea Reach Nightclub, New Brighton, Merseyside [SIGNED & INSCRIBED]

Publisher: Manchester: Cornerhouse Publications, 1989
Edition: 1st Edition
Binding: Soft cover
ISBN: 0948797452
Condition: Fine / No dust jacket as issued
Item #: 112962



First edition, first printing. Inscribed and signed in red ink on the title page by Wood. Soft cover. Photographically illustrated laminated wrappers; no dust jacket as issued. Photographs by Tom Wood. Foreword by David Chandler. Afterword by Jenny Newman. Includes a biography and commentaries by former club-goers Mark Lally and Kirsteen and former manager, Paul Chase. Designed by Christopher Lord. Unpaginated (72 pp.), with 42 four-color and 4 duotone plates, with additional illustrations, beautifully printed on heavy matte paper by Jackson -- Wilson. 8-3/4 x 11-1/4 inches. Out of print.




From the foreword by David Chandler: "Tom Wood's Looking for Love begins where documentary ends. These pictures, taken at the Chelsea Ranch, New Brighton, belong to a prolonged period of visual negotiation between Wood, the immediate community and the wider environs of Merseyside. They are one aspect of a complex and layered portrait. Although most were taken between 1984 and 1987, Wood began photographing in the area in 1978 and by the time he started working at the club either knew or recognized by sight, many of its clientele....In viewing these photographs we seem to collude with the photographer. As we count the spots or trace the melting eyeliner we are implicated in an act of intrusion. Some viewers may be repelled by this closeness or dismiss it as mere voyeurism, yet Wood is interested in more than just short term gains....His concern is to infiltrate that mythology of the night out, to find within the buzz and the boredom, within the public displays of lust, loneliness and frustration, the minute codes of physical and emotional contact to which, in this space, all hope and desire is wired."