Tony Murphy’s work on exhibition at Staithes Gallery

Tony Murphy grew up in Ireland on the River Shannon and it was there he first “borrowed” his mother’s Box Brownie camera to capture on film the boats on the river. He studied Art at the National College of Art in Dublin before training as an art teacher in Manchester. Later he set up photography groups for disabled people in the North East of England and studied photography in Newcastle where he gained a distinction in Exhibition Printing and was awarded the Licentiateship of the Royal Photographic Society. He went on to teach photography and printing in Further Education.

Having given up photography for a number of years due to the encroachment of digital photography, Tony has now become an advocate of the new technology and is currently exploring the interface between graphic art media and the digital image.

Exhibitions include: Eye to Eye Exhibition: St Peter’s Centre, Staithes; Pannett Gallery, Whitby; the Old Grammar School, Otley; Visualate – black and white images; Look – portrayal of gesture and communication in a deaf community; Gateshead Music Collective – portraits of musicians; Ability – disabled people at work.