Common Ground Exhibition, Liverpool

14 June 2018


Open: 14th June-15th July 2018

Four decades of football fan culture in photographs from Tom Wood, Ken Grant and Tabitha Jussa.

As part of the city’s Art of Football programme, coinciding with the FIFA World Cup, Common Ground is a new exhibition curated by Foto Octo that seeks to explore the ritualistic behaviour of football fan culture and its development from the game of the working class in the 1980s, to the riches of the Premier League today.

Combining the work of acclaimed photographers Tom Wood, Ken Grant and Tabitha Jussa across four different decades, the images will offer a unique insight into how the locale has evolved alongside the might of the now multi-million pound football industry and serve as a springboard to discussions about a wider fan culture that encompasses music, fashion and politics.

Tom Wood

Photographing at Liverpool/Everton from the late 80’s to early 2000.

Tom is a street photographer, portraitist and landscape photographer based in Britain. Wood is best known for his photographs in Liverpool and Merseyside from 1978–2001, "on the streets, in pubs and clubs, markets, workplaces, parks and football grounds" of "strangers, mixed with neighbours, family and friends." His work has been published in multiple books, been widely shown in solo exhibitions and has received many awards. He lives and works in Wales.

Ken Grant

Photographing at Liverpool/Everton from the late 80’s to the 00’s

Ken is a photographer who since the 1980s has concentrated on working class life in the Liverpool area. He studied at the West Surrey College of Art and Design studying under Martin Parr and Paul Graham. Grant tends to work slowly, returning again and again to the same places and becoming a familiar sight to the people who gather there. Grant was the course leader of the BA (Hons) Documentary Photography course at the University of Wales, Newport between 1998 and 2013, when he became a lecturer in the MFA Photography course at the University of Ulster. He now lives on the Wirral.

Tabitha Jussa

Photographing at Liverpool/Everton from the mid 00’s to present.

Tabitha is an artist working within photography, with a keen focus on socio-political issues. Her photographic career began in Liverpool where Jussa now lives. After studying Documentary Photography under Ken Grant at University of South Wales, Newport, Tabitha has developed an alternative approach to the tradition of photographic documentation through the construction of large-scale pictures – the metaimage.

Tabitha Jussa is also conducting two workshops for The RPS:

Here’s looking at you, Liverpool! Street Photography 15th September 2018

Editing and Sequencing for Photobooks 22nd September 2018

The Art of Football season forms part of the Liverpool 2018 programme which celebrated ten years since Liverpool’s transformational tenure as European Capital of Culture.

Albert Dock Liverpool,
The Colonnades

Opening times: Wednesday to Monday (Closed Tuesday), 10am–5pm

Cost: Free exhibition

Image copyright: Tom Wood