Tish Murtha Ensayo Fotográfico

Patricia Anne

«Tish» Murtha

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Murtha nació el  14 de marzo de 1956 en South Shields[4], North East, England. En 1976, cuando cumplía los 20, dejó su casa para estudiar en la School of Documentary Photography en The University of Wales, Newport, organizada por el miembro de Magnum Photos David Hurn. Después de graduarse en 1978, volvió a Newcastle y empezó a documentar comunidades marginadas desde el interior: “marginalized communities from the inside” – a diferencia de otros fotógrafos que iban a documentar la pobreza en la misma región Murtha no solo documentaba, ella la vivía, como la tercera hija de descendencia irlandesa, creció en una casa de interes social en Elswick, Newcastle, desde su posición logró capturar las vidas de sus amigos, familiares y la comunidad que la rodeaba. Todo mientras formaba parte de un esfuerzo organizado para conseguir trabajo a los desempleados.

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Su trabajo estuvo rodeado de grandes controversias, las exposiciones Juvenile Jazz Bands (1979) y Youth Unemployment (1981),[7][9] llevaron el debate sobre el desempleo juvenil y la pobreza extrema al congreso ( House of Commons).[10] Around this time Murtha was also commissioned to document the campaign Save Scotswood Works (1979)[7] and provided photographs for the THAC (Tyneside Housing Aid Centre) publications Do you know what this is doing to my little girl? – Home Truths in the Year Of The Child (1979) and Burying The Problem (1980), highlighting social poverty on Tyneside.

In 1982, Murtha moved to London, where she worked on London By Night (1983) along with Bill BrandtBrian Griffin and Peter Marlow. The group exhibition documenting Soho and the commercial sex industry, was exhibited in The Photographers’ Gallery, London.[11] Murtha lived in the capital for five years, working on commission for Edward Arnold Publishers. She also photographed emerging celebrities Julian Clary and Philip Herbert and took the first headshots of a young Declan Donnelly upon her return to the north east in 1987.

Between 2008 and 2012, Murtha’s work was selected for three Arts Council / British Council Collection exhibitions; No Such Thing as Society: Photography in Britain 1967–1987: From the Arts Council Collection and the British Council Collection[12][13][14] showcased «a radically new picture of these two turbulent decades»; Unpopular Culture – Grayson Perry Selects from the Arts Council Collection[15] examined 70 works by 50 artists Perry describes as belonging to a period «before British art became fashionable»[16]; Observadores – Fotógrafos Da Cena Britânica Desde 1930 Até Hoje (Observers: British Photography and the British Scene) was «the first exhibition ever staged in Brazil to chart a course through British photography in modern times.»[17]

In 2011, the group exhibition Paul Graham, Tish Murtha and Markéta Luskačová formed part of Look 11: Liverpool International Photography Festival.[18][19]

Posthumously, Murtha’s work was included in the group exhibitions True/Grit – A Celebration of Northern Realism (2013)[7], For Ever Amber (2015).[20][21][22][23][24][25] and Childhoods – 1977 to 2016 (2016).[26]

Muerte y legado 

El 13 de marzo del 2013—un día antes de lo que habría sido su 57th cumpleaños—Murtha murió después de sufrir un aneurisma.

La sobreviven su hija Ella y su nieto Dexter.

Paul Reas and Lulu Preece at University of South Wales began scanning the Tish Murtha archive,[27] which contains thousands of previously unseen images. Her daughter Ella published the book Youth Unemployment through Bluecoat Press in November 2017 after a successful Kickstarter campaign.[28]

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