Tish Murtha

Tish Murtha believed that photography could change lives for the better.
However, sadly died of a brain aneurysm in 2013 before her dream of a book could be realised. Tish was born in South Shields, in 1956, the 3rd of 10 children.

She left school at 16 and then had a variety of different jobs. From selling hot dogs to working in a petrol station. But after enrolling on a night photography course, Tish decided she wanted to become a photographer. Afterwards she was offered a place at the prestigious School of Documentary Photography at the University of Wales.

Tish Murtha was a British social documentary photographer. She was best known for documenting marginalised communities, social realism and working class life in Newcastle upon Tyne. She invested her time building relationships of trust. Which therefore allowed her access to different parts of the communities that she photographed.

Her approach was informal. She would give copies of her photos to the people in them. This therefore helped to generate an understanding of what she was doing. Tish was always fiercely protective of the people in her photographs.

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