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Radical Visions: The early history of Four Corners and Camerawork

Radical Visions: the early history of Four Corners + Camerawork 1972 - 1987


This major new exhibition explores two radical 1970s arts collectives in London’s East End.  Four Corners and Camerawork (formerly Half Moon Photography Workshop) championed filmmaking and photography as tools for social change. Engaging with grassroots activism and underrepresented cultures, their work inspired a generation of practitioners.

Featuring photographs by Chick Chalmers, Judy Harrison, Nick Hedges, Mike Goldwater, Martin Parr, Paul Trevor, Jenny Matthews, Ed Barber, Susan Meiselas, Derek Smith, Peter Kennard and many others, alongside extracts from Four Corners’ films including NighthawksBred and Born and A Kind of English; and other archive material on display for the first time.

New online archive including the entire Camerawork magazine at Four Corners Archive

Exhibition talks

Thurs 28 June: Radical Visions symposium at Birkbeck

Sat 21 July, 3.00-5.00pm: Half Moon Photography Workshop: the inside story - with early members Ron McCormick, Paul Trevor, Mike Goldwater & Jenny Matthews 

Thurs 20 Sept, 6.30-8.30pm: Photomontage then and now - with Peter Kennard, Loraine Leeson and David Evans

Thurs 27 Sept, 6.30-8.30pm: Community Photography in the 1970s - with Judy Harrison, Janine Wiedel and Philip Wolmuth  Book here

Friday 29 Sept, 3.00-5.30pm: Radical Archives for the Future: networks and collaboration.  
How might archives of radical film and photography work together, collaborate and create future networks?  Presentations from Four Corners & Camerawork archive, Jo Spence & Terry Dennett collection at Birkbeck and others.  Book here

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