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Ella Murtha (The Tish Murtha Archive) in conversation with Ben Harman

18:30 on 12 December 2019
Stills: Centre for Photography

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Stills is excited to welcome Ella Murtha to Edinburgh to talk about the work of her mother, Tish Murtha (1956-2013).

Tish was a photographer from the North-East of England. In the 1970s, she studied on the Documentary Photography course in Newport under the guidance of the course founder, David Hurn, before returning to Newcastle to create work concerned with, what she described as: “the documentation of marginalised communities from the inside.” Tish believed she had an obligation to the people and problems within her local environment, and that documentary photography could highlight and challenge the social disadvantages that she herself had suffered. Some of her best-known works are the series: Elswick Kids (1978), Juvenile Jazz Bands (1979) and Youth Unemployment (1981). These have been included in various recent exhibitions including a survey at The Photographer’s Gallery, London in 2018. They are also the subject of recent and forthcoming publications by Bluecoat Press, Liverpool.

Ella Murtha established the Tish Murtha Archive a few years after her mother’s death in 2013 in order to strengthen the legacy of her work. In this conversation with Stills’ Director, Ben Harman, Ella will give an illustrated talk about Tish Murtha’s life and work. This event has been organised to coincide with the current exhibition at Stills: ‘Women Photographers from The AmberSide Collection.’


Posted by: Cheryl Connell

Image: Tish Murtha, Juvenile Jazz Bands (1979) © Ella Murtha, All rights reserved

Image: Tish Murtha, Juvenile Jazz Bands (1979) © Ella Murtha, All rights reserved