Tish Murtha

Discussion in 'photography, graphics & art' started by RoyReed, Jul 10, 2018.

  1. RoyReed

    RoyReed Must fly!

    Nice exhibition of Tish Murtha's documentary photography from the late '70s and '80s at the Photographer's Gallery. (Free entry before 12.00 noon.)


  2. weltweit

    weltweit Well-Known Member

    Interesting work she did and good that it is getting exposure, I would have liked to have been able to see the exhibition, I also like the simple clean framing of the prints.
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  3. FridgeMagnet

    FridgeMagnet Administrator

    The Tish Murtha exhibition is excellent - proper old school documentary photography with empathy, the sort of thing that inspires me.

    The Alex Prager that's on as well is very different in approach; heavily-staged, often comical, hyperreal stuff. Makes for an interesting comparison.
  4. editor

    editor hiraethified

    I popped in to the PG today and looked at some of her books but I'll check out the exhibition next week. Looks great.
  5. a_chap

    a_chap Much research has shown I am just fucking stupid

    She was clearly an expert in the darkroom.

    This is amazing...

  6. weltweit

    weltweit Well-Known Member

    They were very worthwhile the photo projects she did, but I can't help wondering how she earned money in order to pay her bills? Does anyone have any ideas how it works?
  7. FridgeMagnet

    FridgeMagnet Administrator

    She studied photography in Newport (on a grant and her first series was taken while she was herself on a job scheme at a gallery, who also commissioned her.

    Tish Murtha - Wikipedia
    True Grit Exhibition Information

    Nowadays getting hold of the kit to do this sort of thing is much cheaper - the exhibition has the receipt for her OM-1 camera, around £250, which was a shitload of money - and distribution can be done digitally, but I can't help thinking that she wouldn't have been able to go study photography at all nowadays, and there is no money for documentary photography projects. You need to be able to spend time not doing a "real job" and that is increasingly less possible when rents are so high.
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  8. neonwilderness

    neonwilderness What would Badgers do?

    I went to see this today, great stuff. I didn't know it was on, I just had a bit of spare time and popped in. So it was an added bonus seeing something about Newcastle :cool:

    Her essay that accompanies the Newcastle stuff that's also on display was fairly grim reading though :(
  9. neonwilderness

    neonwilderness What would Badgers do?

    Her daughter has launched a Kickstarter for a new book of the Elswick Kids photos - Elswick Kids

    I'm quite tempted.
  10. neonwilderness

    neonwilderness What would Badgers do?

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  11. sim667

    sim667 Licking windows on the 303 bus.

    Ooh this looks good..... I'd like to get up to this, anyone know when its on until?
  12. sim667

    sim667 Licking windows on the 303 bus.

    Oh bollocks, it ended ages ago

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