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Black Country Type



Taken between 2017 and 2023, the images in Black Country Type document the post-industrial landscape of the Black Country.

With a strong emphasis on colour, Hicks focuses on words, typography, handmade lettering and signs. He also photographs ‘types’ of architectural features, objects and structures.

Published by The Modernist

Hardcover, 144 pages,

ISBN 978-1-9164718-6-3


The Dereliction

THE DERELICTION - Photography by Tom Hicks & Poetry by Liz Berry 

Published by Hercules Editions, The Dereliction is a love letter to the post-industrial landscapes of the Black Country. Liz Berry’s poems have been praised for their use of the vernacular, the twang of West Midlands dialect. Her poems are matched with Tom Hicks’s stunning photographs, part of his ongoing documentary photography project Black Country Type, that show the colours and textures of the post-industrial landscape. Together, their vision is a celebration of place which is as vital and lyrical as Wordsworth’s celebration of the Lakes.



IF DESTROYED STILL TRUE - Photography by Tom Hicks & Poetry by Liz Berry 

This photobook, published by The Modernist, was the first instalment of an ongoing collaboration between Tom and poet Liz Berry. Both create work inspired by the landscape and people of their native Black Country.
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