TOM BIRD (1990) is a photojournalist raised in the U.K., based in Amsterdam and working globally. He explores stories about humans in relation to their environment, often portrayed with a tenderness and humility.

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

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






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For commissions, collaborations, print sales or other enquires: hello@tombirdistheword.com

Mark





‘SAHTEN’ صحتين
A SKATEPAL COOKBOOK

2020

          ‘Sahteen’ صحتين  (’delicious’ in Arabic) offers an unprecedented view into Palestine’s growing skateboard culture, told through the medium of food. The 180-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