Youth Unemployment is a key body of work in British documentary history. Its subject matter is the appalling waste of young people’s lives, which badly thought out government job creation schemes did little to alleviate. Tish Murtha’s images are hard-hitting yet not without humour. Her closeness to those she photographed – many were family or friends – is apparent in the remarkable series of images in this book.
Almost 40 years on, her talent shines from each page. Finally, she has the book she deserves.