British Shorts Berlin, 2020.

British Culture Archive Pop-Up exhibition as part of the 2020 British Shorts Film Festival in Kruezberg, Berlin.

Featuring selected works by our featured photographers below.

Tish Murtha

Patricia Anne ‘Tish’ Murtha (14th March 1956 – 13th March 2013)

The third of ten children, Tish Murtha grew up in the West End of Newcastle Upon Tyne. Whilst 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 Magnum photographer David Hurn.

When asked in her interview by Hurn what she wanted to photograph she said ‘I want to take pictures of policemen kicking children’ Hurn said it was the shortest interview he’d ever done because he knew exactly what she meant and knew she was going to be a social photographer.

SuperMac by Tish Murtha
Elswick Kids, 1978. Photo: Tish Murtha © Ella Murtha, All rights reserved.

Rob Bremner

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

Leaving Scotland to study in Wallasey, Rob became acquainted with celebrated photographer’s Tom Wood (who was teaching at his college) and Martin Parr, who lived nearby. He 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.

Rob was later accepted on to David Hurn’s School of Documentary Photography in Newport. It was around this time he started to photograph the Everton and Vauxhall areas of Liverpool, then the third most deprived area of Britain with the highest rate of arson in Europe.

Rob Bremner’s photos captured the mood of these times, but also the everyday life, friendly faces and local characters who were proud of their city and the communities they belonged to.

Dingle, Liverpool, 1996.
Rachel and Claire. Dingle, 1996. Photo © Rob Bremner.

Richard Davis

Richard created an important body of work documenting his surroundings whilst a resident of Hulme in the late 80s and early 90s. Built after the slum clearances of the 1960s, Hulme was a concrete utopia made up of walkways, maisonettes, shops and a library. The area was dominated by the four brutalist crescents named after the architects Robert Adam, Charles Barry, John Nash and William

Hulme, 1980s
P*gs get the F*ck outta here. Charles Barry Crescent, 1990. Photo © Richard Davis.
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