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Welcome to
Four Corners Archive

 

Four Corners Archive explores and documents the film and photographic heritage of Four Corners, Half Moon Photography Workshop, and Camerawork Magazine, from 1972–1987.

Four Corners and Half Moon Photography Workshop (later Camerawork) were two innovative cultural organisations, based in East London. Their early work played a major role in the development of the radical film and photographic practice characteristic of the 1970s and early 1980s.

The project brings these unique archival resources into the public realm, making this important contribution to British cultural history widely accessible for the first time.

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Four Corners Archive is made possible through the generous support of the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art.

 

 

Articles

Stuart Hall: Left in Sight

Politics
Frances Whorrall-Cambell


In ‘Left in Sight’, an interview with the cultural theorist Stuart Hall that appeared in the 29th issue of Camerawork, Hall bemoans the visual illiteracy of the British Left. As Hall saw it, the Left were failing to engage with the beguiling imagery of consumerism and instead continuing to hawk the tired motifs of socialist realism to an even wearier electorate. Advertising provided people with an escape and the promise of ignorance to suffering, even their own, and the Conservative’s success lay in their ability to co-opt these images and emotions, presenting themselves as the party of hope.

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Women's History Month Events

Our online talks series is exploring how photography archives can both document the past and inspire the present. 

We are back with a new programme for Women's History Month, bringing together a range of brilliant speakers to discuss feminist film and photography. 

 

This project is dedicated to the fond memory of Ed Barber (1949–2017), an important early member of the Half Moon Photography Workshop and Camerawork magazine, whose energy and enthusiasm helped create this project.