A gripping portrait of Tish Murtha
Paul Sng, 2023, UK, 90 minutes, 15
Fri 26 January 2024 // 19:30 / Cinema
We are so excited to bring you this special film event - screening the documentary Tish, followed by a Q&A with Director Paul Sng and Curator of the Tish Murtha archive, Tish's daughter Ella Murtha. Chaired by Dr Pauline McCormack, Newcastle University.
Driven by a commitment to document the impact of deindustrialisation on working class communities in Northeast England in the 1970s and 1980s, Tish Murtha used her camera to expose societal inequality. She felt 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. However, despite early acclaim for her work, she was unable to make a living from photography and died in poverty.
"wholehearted and riveting tribute" The Guardian