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Tish Murtha England 78 - 81 Exhibition

  • Circle of friends Willy-Brandt-Haus 28 Stresemannstraße Berlin, Berlin, 10963 Germany (map)

With the photo exhibition »England 78-81« we present for the first time the still undiscovered German photographer Tish Murtha. She is one of the few photographers who documented the life of the children of the English working class in the Thatcher era from 1978 onwards and followed their course of life over several years. Tish Murtha's work focuses on the documentation of disadvantaged social marginalized groups in Newcastle. She spent a lot of time building trusting relationships with her protagonists, giving her intimate access to the groups she photographed.
The social disadvantages that she herself experienced in her childhood and youth become visible in her pictures. Tish Murtha does not take a voyeuristic viewpoint, but remains committed to the people and their problems. In her photographs, the viewer feels the familiarity of the photographer with the people portrayed.

Particia Anne "Tish" Murtha was born on March 14, 1956 in the run-down South Shields in Tyneside as the third of ten children. She left school at the age of 16 and started a variety of different jobs, from selling hot dogs to working at a gas station.
She came to photography only through an evening photography course in Bath Lane in Newcastle, where she convinced her lecturer Mick Henry, to apply for a documentary film course in Newport. It was Henry who later helped her on a scholarship at the university. At the age of 20, Tish left her home to study under the direction of Magnum photographer David Hurn at the School of Documentary Photography at the University of Wales, Newport.
Tish Murtha died in 2013 with only 57 years. Since her untimely death, her daughter Ella has been committed to bringing Tish's photographic heritage to the public, preserving the memory of her outstanding work.

Joint opening with the exhibitions

Benita Suchodrev - 48 Hours Blackpool and
Distant Islands - Photographs of the Brexit

exhibition from March 30 to May 12, 2019
Tuesday to Sunday 12 to 6 pm | Free admission | ID required

Earlier Event: March 29
Brexitannia Screening