Tish (15) at Lady Emily Hall, Tarrington
Tish Murtha was a pioneering British photographer who used her camera to
expose social inequality in the 1970s-80s.
Growing up in north-east England, Murtha explored her community from the inside with optimism and humour, challenging stereotypes and highlighting the social disadvantages that she herself suffered. Driven to chronicle the
impact of Thatcherism and deindustrialisation on working class communities, she captured images that repudiated the fetishisation of poverty she saw elsewhere in the media. Presented by Murtha’s daughter Ella Tish is a passionate and compassionate tribute to a brilliantly talented photographer and art world radical from those who knew her.