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


PHOTO ARCHIVE ︎︎︎


PUBLICATIONS ︎︎︎


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

Mark





‘SAHTEN’ صحتين
THE SKATEPAL COOKBOOK

2020

          ‘Sahten’ صحتين  (the Arabic equivalent of ‘bon appetit’) offers an unprecedented view into Palestine’s growing skateboard culture, told through the medium of food. The 184-page cookbook – a collaborative project with SkatePal – contains family recipes, personal stories and various other contributions from those across the West Bank who’re at the heart of the scene.

Here are a small selection of stills featured in the book, which will be released in late 2020 with 100% of profits dedicated to the continuation of SkatePal’s youth programmes across Palestine.

Shot in Ramallah, Nablus, Asira Al-Shamaliya, Jayyous, Tulkarem, and Jericho.







Mark