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A selection of Tish Murtha open edition prints on Fuji Crystal archival paper.

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. Graduating in 1978 Tish returned to Newcastle and began to document the daily lives of the people in her home community of Elswick, a marginalised area hit hard by the decline of Tyneside’s once thriving shipbuilding industry.

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