Four Corners

Four Corners allows a photographer to add context to their photographs and is a collaboration between Open Lab, the World Press Photo Foundation, based in Amsterdam, and the International Centre for Photography, New York.

Four Corners shows the reader before and after frames, the backstory, technical and copyright information and links to even more. All of this is accessed by rolling over or swiping through the four corners of the picture.

Readers and subjects can add their own perspectives and even attach audio and video content to the photograph using Four Corners Plus. This technology also gives the reader control over how they filter this new material, and can also see how the photograph has been altered from the photographer’s original – something which has enormous implications for improving trust and reliability within the media.

This ability to verify authenticity and provenance of photographs has never been possible but by using distributed ledger technologies (such as those that BitCoin is built on) researchers at Open Lab have, for the first time in the history of photography, found a way.

Digital Portraits


Digital portraits is a workshop process developed to explore the presentation of self using digital media. Participants are given portrait packs with inspiration tokens to generate ideas on the things that are valuable in their lives, including objects, places, people and sensory experiences. Participants then take part in workshops to create short video portraits using collage, photography, sound, music and words. Workshops were initially developed with an international women’s centre in the UK for women experiencing domestic violence to explore experiences that were important as they were moving on and re-building their lives. Short videos were made as a way of both imagining and expressing how individuals wanted their lives to be in the future and both shared in groups and taken home to discuss with family members.


Photo-parshiya: Digital photo-album


Parshiya is an ancient word that means to be part of a group, family, community, or collective. The photo-parshiya is a digital photo-album designed to support the sharing of cultural heritage in an international women’s centre in the UK. It can be held like a book and is portable or can be docked as a double touch screen tablet display on a bespoke crafted wooden base. Learners who come to the centre have made individually designed necklaces that reflect aspects of their identities. These necklaces are networked with the tablet displays to create personalized photo-collections and have been used to accompany workshops exploring women’s heritage and migration stories. In using the photo-parshiya, many women have described how this has supported greater feelings of pride, confidence and curiosity in using digital technology to share their cultural heritage with others.