The New York Times: This Working Class Photographer Documented Her Community in Industrial England [Article behind paywall though limited free reading is available.]

The great British documentary photographer Tish Murtha.
The late Tish Murtha, British documentary photographer. Photographs reproduced here under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 License.

“Tish Murtha’s relentless vision can be characterized by a single trait: empathy. She unflinchingly investigated forsaken communities crippled by ineffective government policies and bleak living conditions.

Despite her notable output — powered by an active home darkroom — her work went underrecognized throughout her life and after her sudden death in 2013. Last year, her daughter Ella spearheaded an online campaign to publish a limited-edition book based on Murtha’s series “Youth Unemployment.” She is now having her first retrospective, “Tish Murtha: Works 1976-1991,” on view at The Photographers’ Gallery in London through October 14….

… Gordon MacDonald, the exhibit’s co-curator, deemed Ella the “driving force behind the rediscovery of her work and archive” (Ella herself was blunt as to why her mother had been overlooked for so long: “Because she didn’t have a penis”). This was, Mr. MacDonald said, “a very direct and plausible argument to explain this historic lack of visibility for Tish, and many other female artists and photographers.”… “

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“Because she didn’t have a penis” is an apt comment from Tish Murtha’s daughter Ella Murtha explaining why her mother had been so overlooked as a great British documentary photographer for so long.

Yet Ms Murtha was not always overlooked, given her commission to photograph for the London by Night show by The Photographers’ Gallery in London, in 1983.

Three other great British photographers also worked on that show – Bill Brandt, Brian Griffin and Peter Marlow – all of whom were already widely acclaimed and successful documentary photographers or if not at the time of that show went on to be so shortly afterwards.

Except for Tish Murtha.

It is rewarding, then, to see that Tish Murtha is finally starting to receive her due but tragic that it is occurring only after her untimely death at the age of 56 in 2013.

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Resident Advisor: Longtime dance music photographer Sarah Ginn quits the industry due to ‘misogyny and bullying’

https://www.residentadvisor.net/news.aspx?id=40002

“Well-known London music photographer Sarah Ginn is quitting the industry due to persistent “misogyny and bullying.”

In a note posted to Twitter last night, Ginn says that she has been forced to endure blatant sexism for years, treatment that is now causing her to walk away from music entirely….”

Fstoppers: Is the Nikon D850 for Men Only?

https://fstoppers.com/originals/nikon-d850-men-only-195822

“The Nikon D850 is quite the beast of a camera. It holds a massive 45.7-megapixel full-frame sensor that can record 4k video and create 8k time-lapses…. The only problem with such an amazing monster of a camera is that Nikon thinks it’s too much for women to handle….

… I myself can think of a large number of women photographers that would be more than capable of producing spectacular images with any camera, let alone this camera. But when Nikon created a team of 32 professional photographers to be the faces of the Nikon D850, they didn’t choose a single woman photographer….”

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PDN: Sexism in the Photo Industry: Can’t We Do Better?

https://www.pdnonline.com/features/industry-updates/sexism-photo-industry-cant-better/

“… Sexism—from paternalism to discrimination to outright harassment—is a problem in just about every work setting, and the photo industry is no exception. As photographer Nadiya Nacorda puts it, “Sexism does not stop at the photo industry’s doorstep. It comes inside, and goes in your fridge, cracks open a beer, and sits on the couch.” Female photographers we interviewed expressed anger, frustration and resignation over the sexism they frequently encounter. They also expressed defiance—and hope….”

Decider: How Female Directors Dominate The Documentary World

http://decider.com/2017/05/18/how-female-directors-dominate-the-documentary-world/

Photography Industry Gender Equality Inches Forward with Fujifilm Camera Videos Featuring Female Photographers

Congratulations to Fujifilm for adding six videos featuring female photographers using the newly announced Fujifilm GFX 50S, Fujifilm X100F and Fujifilm X-T20 cameras.

Gender inequality and female invisibility otherwise continue to be rife within all aspects of the photographic and movie industries and one of the most important ways of combatting this is with female visibility.

As the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media says in its excellent motto, “If she can see it, she can be it.”

By extension, if females see other females shooting photographs and making movies, then we may well assume that we, too, stand a chance of doing it ourselves, of making it in the creative and media industries, and even of being featured in industry PR and advertising campaigns as Fujifilm has done.

Take a look at the low percentage of female photographers featured as photography and movie industry brand ambassadors and the many articles written about gender inequality in the movie industry in particular.

It can be just as mediocre in photography and the other media and creative industries.

This tendency must be reversed with conscious efforts by industry manufacturers as well as employers and clients.

Thank you, Fujifilm, for recently adding six women to your GFX Challenges, X100F and X-T20 video series. More, please, and please add more women to your X-Photographers ranks, especially in Australia.

The Six Videos:

Fuji Guys Channel –Karen Hutton and the X-T20 in California (USA)

Fuji Guys Channel – Valerie Jardin and the X100F in Minneapolis (USA)

FUJIFILMglobal – GFX challenges with Claire Rosen / FUJIFILM

FUJIFILMglobal – X-T20: Elke Vogelsang x Dogs / FUJIFILM

FUJIFILMglobal – X-T20: Saraya Cortaville x Portrait/ FUJIFILM

FUJIFILMglobal – GFX challenges with Victoria Wright/ FUJIFILM

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Header aka featured image created for this website in Photoshop by Carmel D. Morris. Product photographs courtesy of Fujifilm.