Samuel Fordham

Nothing Gold Can Stay


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Interview with PhMuseum 03.05.22


I spoke with the PhMuseum Days 2021 festival team about my experience creating C-R92/BY, as well as how having the opportunity to presenting my work as a solo exhibition gave rise to new and consistent thematic and spatial ideas.

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Spike Island Open Studios 30.04.2022

We’re open to the public again this year. Come and see what myself and co-studio holder Jack Lewdjaw have been up to.

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Mentioned in British Journal of Photography Article 21.10.2021

Aaron Schuman’s article ‘On Location: Bristol’ for the British Journal of Photography is an excellent survey of the photographic community in Bristol. Very happy to see Aaron mentions both myself and my co-lecturer Jamie Murray in the peice. The Bristol photography scene is really thriving (and Aaron’s MA course is doing wonders for emerging artists in the city). Take a look at Aaron’s writing below.

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Solo Show and Artist Talk at PhMuseum Days Festival 25.09.2021

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Huge thank you to all the team at PhMuseum for making the festival such a joy and to all those who came to hear me speak about my practice and projects. So many great conversations were had and some really beautiful and powerful work on show.

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Featured in Rolling Stone Italia 21.09.2021

Great to see some of my work being featured in Rolling Stone to promote the PhMuseum Days festival in Bologna.

Appointed Course Leader for BA (Hons) Documentary Photography and Print 01.09.2021

Incredibly excited about this next stage. I will be running the brand new BA (Hons) Documentary Photography and Print degree for boomsatsuma in Bristol. The course will work out of both Tobacco Factory and RPS House. boomsatsuma places the student support and industry engagement at the heart of everything they do, and I can’t wait to get working with our first cohort. You can find out more about the course and follow our movements on Instagram on the links below.

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Featured in The Royal Photographic Society’s ‘Contemporary Photography’ Journal 01.08.2021

Big thank you to Paul Ashley for featuring my work in the summer edition of the ROyal Photographic Society’s ‘Contemporary Photography’ journal. You can download the journal from the link below.

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Featured on Collater 23.07.2021

Thank you to Giulia Guido for this feature on PhMuseum Days festival. Giulia introduces the projects being exhibited at the festival, including my own.

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Selected as ‘Top 10 Photographers to Watch in 2021’ by Unframe London 25.06.2021

Thank you to Unframe London for the selection. In great company with the likes of Maisie Cousins, Petra Collins and Lea Colombo. Read the full article below.

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Shortlisted for Prix Levallois 01.07.2021

Good luck to all other artists shortlisted for this prize.

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Selected for solo show at PhMuseum Days Festival 11.06.2021

Very excited for this. Huge thank you to the jury for selecting my work for a solo show at PhMuseum Days festival. I’ve already started conversations with the curators and it’s looking like a great collaboration already. This marks my first solo show and I’m extremely grateful to the festival and team for believing in the work.

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Shortlisted for solo show at PhMuseum Days Festival 04.06.2021

Excited to be on the shortlist for a solo show at the inaugural PhMuseum festival in Bologna. Many thanks to Lua Ribeira, Laura El Tantawy, Giuseppe Oliverio and Rocco Venezia for selecting the work.

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Spike Island Open Studios Online 28.05.21

Open studios is online this year. Come and see what myself and the other studio artists have been up to.

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Government Art Collection ‘ArtSpark’ Resources 25.05.2021

I had the great pleasure of working with Claire Collision, who, after conversations with four artists whose work had been aquired by the Government Art Collection, produced learning resources from those conversations for students aged 14 and up. They are all excellent. Use the links below to download the resources and to see Claire’s wider practice.

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FORMAT Festival ‘Meet the Artist’ 19.05.21

I was asked by FORMAT festival to answer a few questions to provide some context on myself as an artist. Thank you to Reuben Woods for the interview and to the rest of the team for putting the video together.

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Photo Fringe Artist Talk 15.04.21

I will be giving an online artist talk for Photo Fringe to discuss my project C-R92/BY. Huge thanks to Claire Wearn for the invite. Looking forward to it.

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Shortlisted for PhMusuem Photography Grant 08.04.21

Excited to say I’ve been shortlisted for the annual PhMuseum Photography grant to exhibit at Getxophoto festival. Good luck to all other artists.

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Format Festival Online Exhibition Goes Live 12.03.21

Format is one of those festivals I wanted to be a part of ever since I first read about it in the British Journal of Photography, before I even studied photography. I was of course, extremely happy to show C-R92/BY in this edition. The festival team have done an incredible job moving everything online, this was my first experience exhibiting in a digital space but the team made the whole process effortless. You can see the virtual festival using the link below until 5th March 2023.

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Interview with Photo Fringe 10.02.21

I had the absolute pleasure of talking with Flynn McDonnell about my work. Flynn has produced a thoroughly well researched and written peice that not only compliments but adds to the work. Thank you Flynn.

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Spike Island Studio Artist 11.12.20


Very happy to share that I have moved into my new studio at Spike Island, Bristol. We have Open Studios each spring, be sure to come and see what I’m working on and say hi!

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Exhibiting at Imago Lisboa Festival, Portugal 17.10.2020

Very happy to be selected to exhibit at the Imago Lisboa Festival in their projections display. You can download a copy of the festival brochure below.

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Exhibiting in Photo London Digital 07.10.2020

Artsy have taken on the huge job of making Photo London digital this year. Happy to say I am exhibiting as part of the AOP presentation.

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Interview with Asian Curator 05.10.2020

I had a great chat with Anjali Singh at Asian Curator about evolution, conceptual difficulties, curators and audiences.

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Finalist in AOP Emerging Talent Awards 01.10.2020

Thrilled to be selected as a finalist in the AOP Emerging Talent awards. More details below.

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Exhibiting at Encontros Da Imagem 11.09.2020

Not going to be able to make it to Braga but very excited to be showing my work in Portugal as part of the Discovery Awards.

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Featured in Fisheye Photo Review 2020.21 06.08.2020

Amazing to be part of this yearly round up of photography. There is a twelve page feature on my work, hugely grateful to the Fisheye team.

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Photoworks Takeover 20.04.2020

I will be taking over the Photoworks Instagram from 20th-26th April, sharing some work from C-R92BY, as well as some of my process, research and influences. Huge thanks to Photoworks for the platform, they are real champions of new voices.

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Featured on Photo Letter 14.02.2020

Big thanks to Anne Barkin for featuring me on the Photo Letter Newsletter. If you want great photography sent to you regularly, sign up to her newsletter.

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Fotomuseum Winterthur  Pla(t)from 24.01.2020

Excited to be part of the annual showcase of emerging artists at Fotomuseum Winterthur. Huge thanks to Salvatore Vitale for nominating my work.

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Interview with It’s Nice That 16.01.2020

I had a great conversation with Ruby Boddington for It’s Nice That on my practice, politics, childhood and the images in my project C-R92/BY. Follow the link below for the full article.

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Acquired by the Government Art Collection 07.01.2020

Incredibly pleased to announce that my work I Just Want to Know My Daughter Better has been placed in the Government Art Collection. This marks my first major public collection. Great to see that Dan Holdsworth, one of my early photographic inspirations is in the collection too.  Thanks to the team for believing and engaging with the work.

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RO Frames 06.01.2020

I worked with the wonderful RO Frames to frame both of my works for the New Contemporaries shows at Leeds Art Gallery and South London Gallery. They were a joy to work with and their craftsmanship is beautiful. Here is a piece they wrote about the show at Leeds Art Gallery.

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South London Gallery show It’s Nice That’s Top Pick in December 02.12.2019

Great to see the Bloomberg New Contemporaries show at South London Gallery is a top pick this December for It’s Nice That. Nice to see my work on display here too.

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Featured on Time Out 27.11.2019

Great to see Time Out featuring my work in their peice about the Bloomberg New Contemporaries show.

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Selected by Catherine Troiano for Source Photography Showcase 14.11.2019

Very grateful to Catherine Troiano for selecting my work for the Source Graduate Photography showcase. Catherine had this to say the project:

“Relatively few projects engaged with online media in such a confident manner. The strength of this project lies is its interrogation not only of digital culture, but in the social and political environments that provoke behaviour reliant upon technology. Fordham’s interventions and proficient sequencing weaves a dynamic narrative of presence, absence and distance. Interrogating the political collateral of contemporary Britain, Fordham’s work evokes familiarity without being derivative, confronting the viewer to see themselves in each of the families caught up in the depicted struggle.“

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Paris Photo Artist Talk 09.11.2019

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During my time at Paris Photo, I was invited to talk about my body of work C-R92/BY as part of The Artist Talks programme. It was an amazing opportunity and I encourage all final year BA and MA students to apply to the Carte Blanche programme! You can watch my interview with Vincent using the link below.

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Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2019 Catalogue 18.10.2019

The Bloomber New Contemporaries catalogue is now available from Cornerhouse Publications by following the link below.

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Interview with Fisheye Magazine 15.10.2019

It was great to talk with Lou Tsatas from Fisheye magazine about my process and practice. I have long been an admirer of their editorial line, and excited to see my work in their pages. Full interview in the link below.

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Featured in Le Bonbon 14.10.2019

Le Bonbon have written a feature on myself and the other Paris Photo Cartte Blanche award winners.

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Featured in Fisheye Magazine 09.10.2019

Nice feature in Fisheye magazine with my Carte Blanche contemporaries. 

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Exhibiting in the RWA 167 Annual Open 29.09.2019

Looking forward to seeing all the work in the extensive annual group show. I have some work in the black and white room.

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Exhibited at Tbilisi Photo Festival ‘Night of Photography’ 16.09.2019

Huge thank you to Lola Paprocka for selecting my work to be projected at the Tbilisi Photo Festival’s ‘Night of Photography’. Looks like a great festival.

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Featured on E-Flux 16.09.2019

Nice to have some of my work featured on e-flux in their announcement of the Bloomberg New Contemporaries shows.

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Preparations for Pingyao International Photography Festival, China 13.09.2019

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I was contacted by Sian Bonnell who is curating an exhibition for the Pingyao International Photography Festival. Sian shared this image of a maquettte she is building of the exhibition. You can see the intended hang of my work in the central room.

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Shortlisted for Bird In Flight Prize 13.09.2019

Thank you to the jurors for shortlisting my work for this year’s award. Best of luck to all other artists.

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Featured in the British Journal of Photography 09.09.2019

Great to see the British Journal of Photography supporting the Paris Photo Carte Blanche awards programme.

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Selected for Paris Photo Carte Blanche Award 09.09.2019

On my first trip to Paris Photo in 2017, I saw the first edition of the Carte Blanche awards. Feeling honored that I will be taking part in it this year with my contemporary and coursemate, Chris Hoare. More details in the British Journal of Photography article below.

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Featured on Creative Boom 19.08.2019

Creative Boom have done a great write up of the current Bloomberg New Contemporaries show. Happy to say they have featured some of my work also.

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Final Round in Aperture Portfolio Prize 04.08.2019

Although my work did not make the final five selected projects, I was pleased to hear that it had been considered in the final round of judging, with twenty four other projects.

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Selected as a Finalist in Kaunas Photo Star Award 27.07.2019

Thank you to the jury for selecting my work to be part of this award. Looking forward to meeting all the other artists in Kaunas soon.

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Final Round in the British Journal of Photography’s International Photography Competition 02.07.2019

My work was in the final round of judging for this award. Looking forward to seeing the results soon.

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Featured in The Royal Photographic Society’s JOURNAL 01.07.2019

Pick up a copy of this month’s JOURNAL, from the Royal Photographic Society. My work has been selected as part of the ‘Graduates’ showcase.

‘Homeland’ Zine and Workshop with Revolv Collective 22.06.2019

Had an amazing time working with Revolv Collective and the other contributing artists to produce a collection of zines in their ‘Homeland’ project. It was great to re-work my images and find new contexts in such a playful and responsive way.

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Winner of Magenta Foundation Flash Forward 2019 06.06.2019

Very excited and thankful to be part of this. There is an enourmous amount of great work amongst the winners. Check them all out via the link below.

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‘Tellers’ Opens at Martin Parr Foundation 05.06.2019

There’s some seriously brilliant work in this show and I have the absolute pleasure to be graduating with these amazing artists. Thanks for a wild ride.

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Selected for Bloomberg New Contemporaries 01.05.2019

Unbelieveably excited to share that I have been selected for the Bloomberg New Contemporaries with 44 other emerging artists. We will be showing a selection of work at Leeds Art Gallery from 14th September to 19th November and then the show travels to South London Gallery from 6th December to 23rd February 2020.

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Final Round in Grand Prix Images Vevey 21.03.2019

Excited to be in the final round of judging for the Grand Prix Images Vevey. Thank you to the jury for engaging with the work this far.

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Shortlisted for Production Paradise Emerging Talent Award 23.09.2018

Huge thanks to the jurors for shortlisting my work in this emerging talent award. More details below.

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OPEN at NY Art Book Fair 21.09.2018

Excited to have an image in Bloom Publishing’s collective work ‘OPEN’, which will be sold at Printed Matter’s NY Art Book Fair this September.

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Exhibiting in Revolv Collective’s ‘One’ 28.06.2018

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To mark Revolv Collective’s first anniversary, they held a group exhibition at Safehouse 1 in South East London. Congratulations on Revolv for everything you are doing and thank you for showing my work.

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Selected for Royal Photographic Society’s International Photography Exhibition 161 26.06.2018

Looking forward to having my work shown in the Royal Photographic Society’s International Photography Exhibition 161. The work will be travelling to a number of galleries across the UK.

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Exhibiting at the Martin Parr Foundation 25.05.2018

My first show in Bristol with the collective from my MA course. Thank you to the amazing team at the Martin Parr Foundation for having us.

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Selected for AOP Student Awards 05.01.2018

My work has been selected for the AOP Student Awards in the category ‘People’. Best of luck to all other artists selected.

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Longlisted for Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize 17.07.2017

Excited to announce one of my images has been longlisted for the Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize at the National Portrait Gallery.

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