Samuel Fordham (Bristol, 1987) is a multidisciplinary artist working with photography, text, video and
sound. A graduate of the MA Photography programme at UWE Bristol, Samuel has developed a research-based
practice focused on telling intimate and often hidden stories highlighting
issues surrounding childhood, family welfare and equality.
In 2018 he enrolled on a one-year
mentorship through ISSP Latvia with Gordon MacDonald and Clare Strand (MacDonaldStrand),
where he continued to develop his latest work C-R92BY.
Fordham’s projects are produced across
platforms as installations, books and films. His work has been shown
internationally in the UK, France, China, Lithuania, Georgia, Latvia and Ireland. Over the
last year his work has won and been selected for awards including Paris Photo Carte Blanche Award, Bloomberg New Contemporaries, Magenta Foundation Flash Forward, AOP Emerging Talent Award, Kaunas Photo Star Award, Production Paradise Emerging Talent Award and the AOP Student
Fordham’s work has been placed in the Government Art Collection and has been featured in publications including, e-flux, The British Journal of Photography, Fisheye, Creativeboom, RPS Journal, Time Out, B-24/7 and The Bristol Magazine. Fordham is a permanent studio holder at Spike Island, Bristol.
Alongside his artistic practice, Fordham is course leader on the BA (Hons) Documentary Photography and Print provision in Bristol for boomsatsuma / The Royal Photographic Society.
Currently, Fordham is developing the
next phase of his long-term project which documents the hostile environment and forcibly separated families
in the United Kingdom.
“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”
Catherine Troiano - Curator, National Photography Collections, National Trust