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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.


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Broadwater Farm Photographed Inside Out - Broad...

Exhibition Poster for Broadwater Farm, Photographed Inside Out a collaboration by Broadwater Phot...




Four Corners' Young People Cinema Workshop

Children & young people
Frances Whorrall-Cambell

The Young People Cinema Workshop ran at Four Corners from 1980. As a project providing training and filmmaking opportunities to young people from Tower Hamlets, it perhaps has the closest resonance to the community work Four Corners does today. The early Workshops were radically experimental: pushing the boundaries of arts and technical education, and testing the ethos of collaborative filmmaking upon which Four Corners had been founded.

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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.