Tish Murtha - Karen on an Overturned Chair - Youth Unemployment (1981)
Karen On Overturned Chair. Photo by Tish Murtha © Ella Murtha, all rights reserved.

A new film about British photographer Tish Murtha, who captured life in the North East of England in the 1970s and 1980s, chronicling the de-industrialisation of the region and the rise of Thatcherism, will be released on 17 November. Tish’s work was intimate and non-judgemental, and her community was always at the heart of her artistic output.

Photography project, ‘Documenting Your Community,’ invites you to be inspired by Tish Murtha and take your own photos of your community, capturing life in contemporary Britain. You don’t need to be a professional photographer – we’d love to see photos that capture your local shopkeeper or people in the park or pub. 

How to Enter

The British Culture Archive, in association with Modern Films and supported by the BFI, will showcase a range of work on its website that shows the breadth of modern life today. If you’d like to be part of this photography project, then all you have to do is post your photo on Instagram and tag it #tishmurthafilm with a line or story about what your photo is about. 

You can also submit your photo via contact@britishculturearchive.co.uk

There is no deadline for submitting images and the project will run until the end of 2023.

The photo copyright remains with you, and by tagging the photo, you will be permitting us to post the photo online on The British Culture Archive website. British Culture Archive will show a selection of submissions. 

A full list of cinemas showing TISH is available here. 

For more details, head to https://www.modernfilms.com/tish

Film release 17th November. 


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