Four Corners believes in film and photography for all. As a registered charity, our work builds upon almost 50 years of radical, socially-engaged approaches to photography and film.
Situated on Roman Road, our unique building hosts a free public gallery, training rooms, darkrooms, studio, film facilities, archive, and workspace for creatives.
Our gallery is host to a wide range of exhibitions celebrating new and archival work outside of the mainstream. Drawing upon our radical heritage, we delve into alternative histories of photography and film. We support projects that are collaborative and socially-conscious, and have a soft spot for experiments in analogue.
Exhibitions are always free and accompanied by a lively public programme. Each spring our gallery is taken over by the next generation of creative talent for a season of degree shows.
Our darkrooms first opened in 1978 are still going strong, used by students and experienced printers alike. Explore experiential print processes, develop your latest project and meet other analogue enthusiasts.
Spacious and with plenty of natural light, our purpose-built studio is ideal for stills, moving image, and casting, and with Bolex cameras and quality lenses available to rent, we can help get your film project rolling.
Projects and Initiatives
Exploring the 1978 anti-racist uprising led by East London’s Bengali community.
Brick Lane 1978: The Turning Point is a major heritage project exploring this history.
With the help of volunteers and original activists, we are creating a vital record of this watershed moment as told by local people.
4 MAY 1978
A young Bengali garment worker is found dead near Brick Lane; yet another racially-motivated attack endured by the Asian population of East London. This time however, things are different. The brutal murder of Altab Ali mobilises the community to take action.
14 MAY 1978
7,000 Bengalis march from Brick Lane to Hyde Park then Downing Street behind Ali’s coffin, in an unprecedented uprising against racist far-right groups. Their actions represent a turning point in resistance against racial discrimination. East London will change for good.
The project will produce:
- an archive of photographs and oral histories
- a short documentary film
- a touring exhibition
- a free public events programme
- a study pack for schools
DO YOU REMEMBER THE BATTLE OF BRICK LANE?
We are seeking participants to be interviewed for the Brick Lane 1978 project.
Renowned photographer Paul Trevor captured the May 1978 protests. We are using his never-before-seen images to help identify and gather the memories of those involved at the time, and we need your help.
- Were you living in the Brick Lane area during the late 1970s?
- Do you remember the anti-racist protests galvanised by the murder of Altab Ali?
- Were you involved in the protests, either as an activist or witness?
We want to hear from you.Read more…
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