Raised in the United Kingdom, based in Amsterdam and working globally, Tom Bird [1990] earns his crust as an art director, but often pretends he’s a photographer.

His photographic approach was refined over a number of years spent documenting the growing skateboarding scene in the Palestinian Occupied Territories. Capturing the fragile freedoms of youth within an area of hostile military occupation helped to sharpen his sensitivity and taught him of the responsibility that comes with holding a camera.

His work has been published by i-D, Good Sport, Stack, Table Magazine, NTS and Essay Skateboard Magazine, and exhibited as part of group shows in The Netherlands, United Kingdom and Czech Republic.



WORKS︎︎︎

1. SAHTEN صحتين
2. EL QUETZAL
3. THE RETURNEE العائدين
4. BEIGE BRITAIN


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CONTACT︎︎︎
For commissions, collabs, prints or just wanna say “hey”, get me on hello@tombirdistheword.com or ︎

Mark





A’IDUN العائدين
[the returnee]

2016 – ongoing

        Following the mass displacement of the Palestinian community that began in 1948 and continues to this day, Palestinian right-to-return is a hot point of discussion at the United Nations.  ‘A’idun’ is a title that the Palestinian dispora assigned to themselves, translating from Arabic (العائدين) to describe ‘those who shall return’. As a nod to this contentious issue I adopted a ‘right to return’ principle within my own work; whereby on each successive trip to Palestine I would bring with me prints from the previous visit, intending to ‘return’ them to their rightful owners. Here are a selection of those returned so far...












EXHIBITED AT ISO AMSTERDAM, 2019
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Mark