Tish Murtha | Open Edition Prints

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.

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.

  • Exclusive prints in collaboration with The Tish Murtha Archive. Tish Murtha's iconic 'Kids jumping onto Mattresses' From the series Youth Unemployment (1981).
    • Exclusive 10 x 12″ edition of 50 hand numbered prints on fine art giclée paper.
    • Also available as an A2 Open Edition Print.
    • All limited edition prints come complete with a certificate of authenticity from the British Culture Archive / Tish Murtha Archive.
      Worldwide Shipping Available.   Photo: Tish Murtha © Ella Murtha, all rights reserved.
  • Exclusive prints in collaboration with The Tish Murtha Archive. Glenn On The Wall. From the series Elswick Kids (1978).
    • Exclusive 10 x 12″ edition of 50 hand numbered prints on fine art giclée paper.
    • Also available as an A2 Open Edition Print.
    • All limited edition prints come complete with a certificate of authenticity from the British Culture Archive / Tish Murtha Archive.
          Worldwide Shipping Available.   Photo: Tish Murtha © Ella Murtha, all rights reserved.
  • Exclusive prints in collaboration with The Tish Murtha Archive. Kids at Elswick Road Post Office. From the series Youth Unemployment (1981).
    • Exclusive 10 x 12″ edition of 50 hand numbered prints on fine art giclée paper.
    • Also available as an A2 Open Edition Print.
    • All limited edition prints come complete with a certificate of authenticity from the British Culture Archive / Tish Murtha Archive.
      Worldwide Shipping Available.   Photo: Tish Murtha © Ella Murtha, all rights reserved.
  • Exclusive prints in collaboration with The Tish Murtha Archive. Glenn In The Window. From the series Youth Unemployment (1981)
    • Exclusive 10 x 12″ edition of 50 hand numbered prints on fine art giclée paper.
    • Also available as an A2 Open Edition Print.
    • All limited edition prints come complete with a certificate of authenticity from the British Culture Archive / Tish Murtha Archive.
    Worldwide Shipping Available.   Photo: Tish Murtha © Ella Murtha, all rights reserved.
  • Kenilworth Road Kids. From the series Juvenile Jazz Bands (1979).
    • Exclusive 10 x 12″ edition of 50 hand numbered prints on fine art giclée paper.
    • Also available as an A2 Open Edition Print.
    • All limited edition prints come complete with a certificate of authenticity from the British Culture Archive / Tish Murtha Archive.
      Worldwide Shipping Available.   Photo: Tish Murtha © Ella Murtha, all rights reserved.
  • Richard and Louise. From the series Elswick Kids (1978).
    • Exclusive 10 x 12″ edition of 50 hand numbered prints on fine art giclée paper.
    • Also available as an A2 Open Edition Print.
    • All limited edition prints come complete with a certificate of authenticity from the British Culture Archive / Tish Murtha Archive.
      Worldwide Shipping Available.   Photo: Tish Murtha © Ella Murtha, all rights reserved.
  • Exclusive prints in collaboration with The Tish Murtha Archive. Mala and Sue. From the series Elswick Kids (1978).
    • Exclusive 10 x 12″ edition of 50 hand numbered prints on fine art giclée paper.
    • Also available as an A2 Open Edition Print.
    • All limited edition prints come complete with a certificate of authenticity from the British Culture Archive / Tish Murtha Archive.
      Worldwide Shipping Available.   Photo: Tish Murtha © Ella Murtha, all rights reserved.
  • SuperMac. From the series Elswick Kids (1978).
    • Exclusive 10 x 12″ edition of 50 hand numbered prints on fine art giclée paper.
    • Also available as an A2 Open Edition Print.
    • All limited edition prints come complete with a certificate of authenticity from the British Culture Archive / Tish Murtha Archive.
      Worldwide Shipping Available.   Photo: Tish Murtha © Ella Murtha, all rights reserved.
  • Exclusive prints in collaboration with The Tish Murtha Archive. Cops Piss Off. From the series Youth Unemployment (1981).
    • Exclusive 10 x 12″ edition of 50 hand numbered prints on fine art giclée paper.
    • Also available as an A2 Open Edition Print.
    • All limited edition prints come complete with a certificate of authenticity from the British Culture Archive / Tish Murtha Archive.
      Worldwide Shipping Available.   Photo: Tish Murtha © Ella Murtha, all rights reserved.
  • Exclusive prints in collaboration with The Tish Murtha Archive. Karen and Paul. From the series Youth Unemployment (1981).
    • Exclusive 10 x 12″ edition of 50 hand numbered prints on fine art giclée paper.
    • Also available as an A2 Open Edition Print.
    • All limited edition prints come complete with a certificate of authenticity from the British Culture Archive / Tish Murtha Archive.
      Worldwide Shipping Available.   Photo: Tish Murtha © Ella Murtha, all rights reserved.
  • Exclusive prints in collaboration with The Tish Murtha Archive. Cardsharps. From the series Youth Unemployment (1981).
    • Exclusive 10 x 12″ edition of 50 hand numbered prints on fine art giclée paper.
    • Also available as an A2 Open Edition Print.
    • All limited edition prints come complete with a certificate of authenticity from the British Culture Archive / Tish Murtha Archive.
      Worldwide Shipping Available.   Photo: Tish Murtha © Ella Murtha, all rights reserved.
  • Exclusive prints in collaboration with The Tish Murtha Archive. Carl On Eileen's Couch. From the series Youth Unemployment (1981).
    • Exclusive 10 x 12″ edition of 50 hand numbered prints on fine art giclée paper.
    • Also available as an A2 Open Edition Print.
    • All limited edition prints come complete with a certificate of authenticity from the British Culture Archive / Tish Murtha Archive.
      Worldwide Shipping Available.   Photo: Tish Murtha © Ella Murtha, all rights reserved.
  • Exclusive prints in collaboration with The Tish Murtha Archive. Alleyway, Kenilworth Road. From the series Juvenile Jazz Bands (1979).
    • Exclusive 10 x 12″ edition of 50 hand numbered prints on fine art giclée paper.
    • Also available as an A2 Open Edition Print.
    • All limited edition prints come complete with a certificate of authenticity from the British Culture Archive / Tish Murtha Archive.
      Worldwide Shipping Available.   Photo: Tish Murtha © Ella Murtha, all rights reserved.
  • Exclusive prints in collaboration with The Tish Murtha Archive. Carl and Mates. From the series Elswick Kids (1978).
    • Exclusive 10 x 12″ edition of 50 hand numbered prints on fine art giclée paper.
    • Also available as an A2 Open Edition Print.
    • All limited edition prints come complete with a certificate of authenticity from the British Culture Archive / Tish Murtha Archive.
      Worldwide Shipping Available.   Photo: Tish Murtha © Ella Murtha, all rights reserved.
  • Exclusive prints in collaboration with The Tish Murtha Archive. Jim Chopping Wood. From the series Youth Unemployment (1981).
    • Exclusive 10 x 12″ edition of 50 hand numbered prints on fine art giclée paper.
    • Also available as an A2 Open Edition Print.
    • All limited edition prints come complete with a certificate of authenticity from the British Culture Archive / Tish Murtha Archive.
      Worldwide Shipping Available.   Photo: Tish Murtha © Ella Murtha, all rights reserved.
  • Exclusive prints in collaboration with The Tish Murtha Archive. Mala and Georgy on Chairs. From the series Youth Unemployment (1981).
    • Exclusive 10 x 12″ edition of 50 hand numbered prints on fine art giclée paper.
    • Also available as an A2 Open Edition Print.
    • All limited edition prints come complete with a certificate of authenticity from the British Culture Archive / Tish Murtha Archive.
      Worldwide Shipping Available.   Photo: Tish Murtha © Ella Murtha, all rights reserved.
  • Exclusive prints in collaboration with The Tish Murtha Archive. Girls Skipping. From the series Elswick Kids (1978).
    • Exclusive 10 x 12″ edition of 50 hand numbered prints on fine art giclée paper.
    • Also available as an A2 Open Edition Print.
    • All limited edition prints come complete with a certificate of authenticity from the British Culture Archive / Tish Murtha Archive.
      Worldwide Shipping Available.   Photo: Tish Murtha © Ella Murtha, all rights reserved.