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Tish Murtha's stunning 1970s photographs of the children of Elswick - an inner city area of Newcastle upon Tyne.
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Hello - I am Ella Murtha, the daughter of Tish Murtha, and I am asking you to support the publication of a new book of her important photographs.

My mam believed that photography could change lives for the better but sadly died of a brain aneurysm in 2013 before her dream of a book could be realised.

In 2017 I ran a Kickstarter campaign in collaboration with Bluecoat Press to publish Tish’s acclaimed photographic essay Youth Unemployment. The book was an amazing success, selling out as a limited edition hardback within three months.

The renowned Photographers Gallery in London has been holding a major retrospective of Tish’s work and she is now widely recognised as one of the most important British documentary photographers of her time.

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The new book is her work photographed in Elswick, a working class area of Newcastle upon Tyne, in the late 1970s. Her images capture the joy and freedom of childhood at a time when it was normal to play out in the street in a way that has been largely lost today. The landscape may be rough but the kids are making the most of the little they have. They have a humour and resilience that shines through in every image. I have chosen pictures for this book that move me, some to tears, some to laughter, but definitely invoke strong emotions, and memories of my own childhood.  

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Everyone who bought Youth Unemployment will know what a powerful and beautiful book it is. Reviewers have said:

"Brilliant documentary photography from a photographer who didn't get the deserved recognition in her lifetime. Empathetic without being sentimental and wonderfully shot. A must have."

"One of the best new books available out there. Every photography lover should have it in their collection."

Elswick Kids is no different and is in the same limited edition hardback format.

Thank you to everyone who supported the last Kickstarter and please look at the great rewards for this campaign.

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There are no risks. Bluecoat Press has been publishing since 1992 (including 12 successful Kickstarter campaigns) and is highly regarded for the quality of its books.

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    The Bluecoat Book Bundle: five books Elswick Kids, Wind of Change (John Bulmer), Small Town Inertia softcover (Jim Mortram), Being Irish (Claude Le Gall) and Youth Unemployment softcover.

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