British Shorts Festival

Sputnik Kino, Kruezberg, Berlin, January 2020 – Feb, 2020

British Culture Archive pop-up exhibition as part of the 2020 British Shorts Film Festival in Kreuzberg, Berlin. British Shorts Film Festival is an annual event dedicated to showcasing short films from the United Kingdom, providing a platform for emerging and established filmmakers to present their work to an international audience

The exhibition will showcase selected works by our featured photographers below.

Tish Murtha

Patricia Anne ‘Tish’ Murtha (14th March 1956 – 13th March 2013) was the third of ten children and grew up in the West End of Newcastle upon Tyne.

While studying at Newcastle College of Higher Education, her lecturer persuaded her to study documentary photography at Newport College of Art, which was newly set up by the Magnum photographer, David Hurn.

During her interview with Hurn, when asked what she wanted to photograph, she replied, “I want to take pictures of policemen kicking children.” Hurn said it was the shortest interview he had ever done because he knew exactly what she meant and knew that she was going to be a social photographer.

Tish Murtha - Elswick Kids (1978)
Elswick Kids, 1978.

Photo: Tish Murtha © Ella Murtha, all rights reserved.

Rob Bremner

Rob Bremner is a British social and documentary photographer who was born in Wick, Scotland.

After leaving Scotland to study in Wallasey, he became acquainted with celebrated photographers Tom Wood, who was teaching at his college, and Martin Parr, who lived nearby. Rob would help out in Tom’s darkroom and spend his weekends following Tom and Martin around the faded resort of New Brighton as they documented the area.

Later, he was accepted into David Hurn’s School of Documentary Photography in Newport, where he began to photograph the Everton and Vauxhall areas of Liverpool, which were then the third most deprived areas of Britain with the highest rate of arson in Europe.

Bremner captured the mood of the times, as well as the everyday life, friendly faces, and local characters who were proud of their city and the communities to which they belonged.

Wood Street, Liverpool, 1996 by Rob Bremner.
Wood Street, Liverpool, 1996.

Photo © Rob Bremner, all rights reserved.

Richard Davis

Richard Davis created an important body of work documenting his surroundings while living in Hulme during the late 1980s and early 1990s. This version of Hulme, dominated by four brutalist crescents, was built after the slum clearances of the 1960s. It was made up of walkways, maisonettes, shops, and a library. During this era, it was a haven for punks, artists, and squatters who took advantage of the semi-derelict flats and cheap living.

Graffiti in Charles Barry Crescent, 1991.
P*gs get the F*ck outta here. Charles Barry Crescent, 1990.

Photo © Richard Davis, all rights reserved.

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