15 JUNE - 22 SEPTEMBER 2018 

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Radical Visions 

The Early History of Four Corners and Camerawork 1972-1987
Three people standing in a gallery looking at a collage of posters.

This exhibition explored 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. 

The exhibition featured 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. 


28 June 2018
Radical Visions Symposium at Birkbeck 

21 July 2018 
Half Moon Photography Workshop: The Inside Story
A roundtable discussion with early members Ron McCormick, Paul Trevor, Mike Goldwater & Jenny Matthews  

20 September 2018 
Photomontage Then and Now 
Talks by Peter Kennard, Loraine Leeson and David Evans 

27 September 2018 
Community Photography in the 1970s 
Talks by Judy Harrison, Janine Wiedel and Philip Wolmuth    

29 Sept 2018
Radical Archives for the Future: Networks and Collaboration   
This event explored how archives of radical film and photography might work together, collaborate and create future networks. Presentations by Four Corners & Camerawork archive, Jo Spence & Terry Dennett collection at Birkbeck, Mayday Rooms and the London Community Video Archive.


This exhibition was part of Four Corners Archive Project, made possible by a generous grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.