British Culture Archive at The Social

October 2019 – 31st January 2020. 

British Culture Archive Exhibition The Social London Poster

Our debut exhibition will take place at The Social in London from October 2019 to January 2020. The exhibition will feature selected works from our featured photographers.

Tish Murtha

Patricia Anne ‘Tish’ Murtha (14th March 1956 – 13th March 2013) was the third of ten children and grew up in the West End of Newcastle Upon Tyne.

While studying at Newcastle College of Higher Education, her lecturer persuaded her to study documentary photography at Newport College of Art. The institution was newly set up by Magnum photographer David Hurn.

During her interview with Hurn, she said that she wanted to photograph ‘policemen kicking children.’ Hurn said that it was the shortest interview he had ever done because he knew exactly what she meant and knew she would be a social photographer.

Tish Murtha - SuperMac.
SuperMac. From the series Elswick Kids (1978).

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

Rob Bremner

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

After leaving Scotland, he went to study in Wallasey where he became acquainted with celebrated photographers 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 into David Hurn’s School of Documentary Photography in Newport. It was around this time that he started to photograph the Everton and Vauxhall areas of Liverpool, which was then the third most deprived area of Britain with the highest rate of arson in Europe.

Bremner captured the mood of these times, along with the everyday lives, friendly faces, and local characters who were proud of their city and the communities to which they belonged.

Sharon and Claire by Rob Bremner.
Sharon and Claire, Vauxhall, 1987.

Photo © Rob Bremner.

Richard Davis

Richard Davis created an important body of work documenting his surroundings while he lived in Hulme during the late 1980s and early 1990s. This version of Hulme, dominated by four large Brutalist crescents, was built after the slum clearances of the 1960s. It consisted of walkways, maisonettes, shops, and a library.

The Caribbean Club / PSV Club, Hulme, 1990.
The PSV / Caribbean Club. Hulme, Manchester, 1990.

Photo © Richard Davis.

The launch night will include a DJ set by Heavenly Recordings founder Jeff Barrett.

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