Tish Murtha – Richard and Louise – 12 x 16″ LIMITED EDITION PRINT


Richard and Louise by Tish Murtha. From the series Elswick Kids (1978).

  • Edition: Limited Edition of 50.
  • Print Type: Giclée Print.
  • Paper Type: Ilford 310gsm Galerie Prestige Smooth Pearl Paper.
  • Print Size: 12 x 16 inches (Inclusive of small white border).
  • Numbered Certificate of Authenticity.

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

Availability: In stock

About the Photographer | Tish Murtha

Patricia Anne ‘Tish’ Murtha (14th March 1956 – 13th March 2013). Tish Murtha, the third of ten children, was born in South Shields in 1956 and grew up in the West End of Newcastle upon Tyne. While studying at Newcastle College of Higher Education, her lecturer encouraged her to pursue documentary photography at Newport College of Art, which had been recently founded by Magnum photographer David Hurn. During her interview, Hurn asked her what she wanted to photograph. She replied, “I want to take pictures of policemen kicking children.” Hurn stated that it was the shortest interview he had ever conducted because he understood exactly what she meant and knew that she would be a social photographer. After graduating from Newport in 1978, Tish returned to Newcastle and began documenting the daily lives of the people in her home community of Elswick. Elswick is a marginalised inner-city community in the West End of Newcastle, which was hit hard by the decline of Tyneside’s once-thriving shipbuilding industry.  Tish Murtha’s images documented the inequalities faced by working-class communities. In equal measures, they celebrated what it means to be working-class. Being part of the community she was documenting, Tish Murtha’s work is among some of the most empathetic and powerful examples of social documentary photography of the 20th century.
Certificate of Authenticity

All Tish Murtha Editions come with a matching hand numbered Certificate of Authenticity from The Tish Murtha Archive/British Culture Archive.

Print Size

11 x 14 inches (27.94 x 35.56cm).

Print Type

Limited Edition of 50.


Ilford Galerie Prestige Smooth Pearl 310gsm.


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