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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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A brief history of the publication

Camerawork Magazine


Camerawork as a magazine had a quality about it - when I first saw a copy in 1976 I'd never seen a publication like it and I still haven't. It stopped me in my tracks. The A2>A4 folding format, the print quality - amazing for single pass litho - the picture spreads and the articles, they all set it apart from any other photo-magazines of that period – Ed Barber

Camerawork is designed to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas, views and information on photography and other forms of communication. By exploring the application, scope and content of photography, we intend to demystify the process. We see this as part of the struggle to learn, to describe and to share experiences and so contribute to the process by which we grow in capacity and power to control our own lives. – Camerawork magazine masthead, issues 1-19

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Radical Visions: Camerawork Revisited

We are delighted to be showing at FORMAT19 International Photography Festival.  Our exhibition reactivates the archives of Camerawork magazine, situating its radical approach within the context of our current social and political moment.  

The exhibition explores Camerawork's focus on 'history from below': working lives and communities, protest movements and the use of photography in oppositional culture.  Archival touring exhibition posters are shown alongside.  

Our own era of austerity and Brexit has seen a revitalised interest in socially-engaged photography. Camerawork Revisited brings together archival material with recent work by six documentary photographers.  Curated by Four Corners in collaboration with Invisible Britain, with artists Rob Clayton, Joanne Coates, Les Monaghan, J A Mortram, Nicola Muirhead and Fiona Yaron-Field.

The exhibition runs at Pickford's House, Derby, 15 March-4 May. 

 

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.