Tish Murtha Open Edition Prints

 

British Culture Archive are proud to partner with The Tish Murtha Archive to offer a series of exclusive Open Edition archival prints.

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.

The images captured are some of the most powerful images of British social photography of the last 50 years.