Samuel Fordham

Nothing Gold Can Stay


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Samuel Fordham is a multidisciplinary artist and educator based in Bristol, UK.

A graduate of the MA Photography programme at UWE, Bristol, Samuel also enrolled on a one-year mentorship through ISSP Latvia with Gordon MacDonald and Clare Strand (MacDonaldStrand), where he continued to develop his project C-R92/BY.

His work has been shown internationally in the UK, Italy, France, China, Lithuania, Georgia, Latvia and Ireland. 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 Award.

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, Rolling Stone Italia, The Royal Photographic Society Journal, The Royal Photographic Society Contemporary Photography Journal, and Time Out. 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 his next work Nothing Gold Can Stay.

Selected Awards and Recognition

2021     PHmuseum Days Solo Show, Winner
2021     Prix Levallois, Shortlisted
2021     PHmuseum Photography Grant, Shortlist
2020     AOP Emerging Talent Award, Finalist
2020     Photo Fringe Open20 Solo, Shortlist
2020     Photoworks Takeover, Selected
2020     Fotomuseum Winterthur Plat(t)form 2020, Selected
2019     Paris Photo Carte Blanche, Selected
2019     Magenta Foundation Flash Forward, Selected
2019     Bloomberg New Contemporaries, Selected
2019     Kaunas Photo Star Award, Selected
2019     Aperture Portfolio Award, Final Round
2019     Grand Prix Images Vevey, Final Round
2019     BJP International Photography Award, Final Round
2019     C/O Berlin Talent Award, Nominated
2018     Production Paradise Emerging Talent Awards, Selected
2018     AOP Student Award, Selected
2018     ISSP Mentorship with MacDonaldStrand, Selected
2018     Genesis Imaging Postgraduate Bursary, Nominated
2017     Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize, Longlisted

Selected Exhibitions and Presentations

2021     Phmuseum Days, Bologna
2021     Format21, Derby
2020     Photo Fringe Open20 Solo Shortlist, Brighton
2020     Photo London Digital 2020, London
2020     AOP Emerging Talent Award, London
2020     Encontros Da Imagem Festival, Braga
2020     Imago Lisboa Festival, Lisbon
2020     Bloomberg New Contemporaries, London
2020     Fotomuseum Winterthur Plat(t)form 2020, Winterthur
2019     RPS International Exhibition 161, Dublin
2019     Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2019, Leeds
2019     Kaunas Photo Star Award, Kaunas
2019     Pingyao International Photography Festival, Pingyao
2019     RPS International Exhibition 161, Hull
2019     Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2019, London
2019     Paris Photo Carte Blanche, Paris
2019     RPS International Exhibition 161, Bristol
2019     Tellers, Martin Parr Foundation, Bristol
2019     C-R92/BY, ISSP Kuldiga, Latvia
2018     Tblisi Photo Festival ‘Night of Photography’, Tblisi
2018     AOP Student Awards Exhibition, London
2018     Palm Photo Prize, London
2018     Foundations, Martin Parr Foundation, Bristol
2018     Revolv One, London
2017     Portrait Salon, London

Selected Publications

2021     RPS Contemporary Photography Journal, Number 84
2020     Fisheye Photo Review 2020.21, Fisheye Publications
2019     Source Photographic, MA Graduate Photography Showcase
2019     Magenta Foundation Flash Forward, Magenta
2019     Bloomberg New Contemporaries Catalogue

2019     RPS Journal, Volume 159, Number 7