TISH MURTHA WAS A BRITISH PHOTOGRAPHER INTERNATIONALLY RENOWNED FOR HER BEAUTIFUL PHOTOGRAPHS THAT DOCUMENTED THE MARGINALIZED COMMUNITIES, SOCIAL REALISM AND THE LIFE OF THE WORKING CLASS IN NEWCASTLE AND THE NORTH EAST OF ENGLAND.
At twenty years old Murtha left her home to study documentary photography at the University of Wales in Newport. After graduating in 1978 she returned to Newcastle where she began to photograph the marginalized communities of that time. In her work showed the amazing effects of youth unemployment mass in some of the most deprived areas of Britain.
With her camera snapped the lives of his friends and family, making us get in touch with them visually. Her approach was informal and generating an understanding of what she was doing, in an overwhelming sense of youthful alienation. The desperation is evident in her pictures, but at the same time, there is a social realism, hope, innocence and vitality of a great documentary.
The photographer came into contact with the problems of the people and environment around her and continued to photograph various subjects for various artistic projects, including a report in London that explored the nights in Soho and a documentation center of Middlesbrough. Died in 2013, her work has never lost sight of the real need for social change that has become the driving inspiration and the key to the success of her photographic vision.
On 19th July 2017 the daughter of Tish Murtha launchs a new book. Click here to discover more.