Monday, 25 March 2013


As you may have noticed we haven't used this blog for the past 18 months, this is due to the fact that we were trying to keep it pretty formal. But we have been active in our practice and would like to show you that. So, we have set up a tumblr page which we will update two or three times per week with images from our archive and extras from our current project. We will also post any news concerning our practice on there, so please check it out, and keep up to date.

Many Thanks

Ben Absalom & Sam Bardsley


Friday, 25 November 2011


A quick update on our recent activities:

We are now living in Berlin, having relocated to Study a Meisterschüler at HGB Leipzig under Professor Joachim Brohm.

We have recently been back in Paris making new work under the bridges of the Peripherique.

Wednesday, 17 August 2011


This Unfolds opens tonight at Ffoto Gallery, Turner House, Penarth.

This Unfolds: Absalom & Bardsley, Ami Barnes, Amy Bullock, Paal Henrik Ekern, Ryan Moule, Sheree Murphy, Chiara Tocci
18 Aug — 3 Sept 2011
Opening Weds 17 Aug / 6.30 — 8.30pm / Turner House
The third exhibition of our Wish You Were Here season is a specially curated group exhibition,  presenting work by some of the most exciting new photographic artists in Wales.

Tuesday, 12 July 2011


We are pleased to announce that we will be exhibiting at Ffotogallery in Cardiff next month as part of the group show 'This Unfolds'. The exhibition will run from August 18th until September 3rd, with the opening night on August 17th. Here's a synopsis of the show from the gallery website:

This Unfolds is a group exhibition featuring a small selection of the many exciting new photographic artists working across Wales today. Engaging with a range of themes and ideas, what links these artists is an interest in storytelling. Presenting a variety of approaches to narrative construction, their work reveals open-ended views into other lives, other worlds, somewhere between documentary truth and fiction.

We will be showing a selection of images from the project 8X's. We are excited as this is the first real opportunity we've had to consider how the project could work on a gallery wall as opposed to book form.

Hope to see you there.

Monday, 20 June 2011

This Weekend


Art Books, hosted by Son Gallery
24 June 2011 - 26 June 2011

Launch : Friday 24 June, 1800 - LATE
(Top Nice, official after party)

Publishers / Artists

ABC Artists’ Books Cooperative, Absalom & Bardsley, Arcadia Missa, Art Licks, Bedford Press,
BLOCK, Brickhouse, Fourteen–Nineteen Bookshop, Friary Road House Editions, Hannah Barry Gallery,
Jimmy Merris: Downturn Press, Libraryman, Meøus Editions, One Step Forward Publishing, P.E.A.R.,
We’re All Friends Here, Preston is my Paris, Steidl+Mack, WasssinkLundgren, The White Review

2030 performance by Jimmy Merris : Downturn Press, Soft patty drop from a great height (all that we ask is that you do your best)
2200 - Late, TOP NICE Official SLAM! after party, Bussey Building

1300 - 1700 talks in Son Gallery, see www.songallery.co.uk for more information
1200 - 2200, OFF MODERN at the Copeland Book Market

1300 - 1700 spoken word by FRIARY ROAD EDITIONS and THE WHITE REVIEW

For more information please contact info@songllery.co.uk, or call Guy Robertson on 0207 635 9367 or 0773 545 9614

Market opening hours: Book Market, Friday 1800 - 2100 and Saturday - Sunday 1200 - 1800.
Cafe: Friday 1800 - Late, Saturday 1200 – Late, Sunday 1200 - 1700. Top Nice: Friday, 2200 - Late.

Awnings designed by Oleg Bilenchuk.

www.songallery.co.uk / Unit 9C 133 Copeland Road Peckham SE15 3SN


We also have a new addition to our store. We will be showing a new book by Georgina Kloss.

Hope to see you there!

Thursday, 2 June 2011


Here's a brief update of current/future activity. 

Firstly 8X's features in the new Steidl Autumn/Winter 2011 catalogue which you can download  from the Steidl website by clicking the link below. 

We will be participating at the Copeland Book Market in association with Son Gallery, showing a selection of our own publications alongside those of Arne Schmitt, Andrzej Steinbach and Ben Reed, we are big fans of all their publications and look forward to showing them. 

Thursday, 26 May 2011


We will be screening a new short film made in response to a song by Raimund Wong tomorrow as part of the 'Local Anaesthesia' exhibition at 198 Contemporary Arts and Learning, Herne Hill, London. The film will be sountracked by a live performance on the night. Please feel free to come along, opening times  6 - 9pm.

Friday, 5 November 2010

Bridgend Postcards

Please see comments for rough statement

Thursday, 15 July 2010


Here's some good news that we've had to hold back on until the official press release came through. Needless to say we're very excited to have the opportunity to be working with Steidl and can't wait to get the ball rolling.

Photobook Prize for Young Photographers: Steidl Student Book Award The Steidl Student Book Award is a new prize for young photographers to be presented every two years. European universities and art academies with a focus on photography are invited to nominate book projects from students who have graduated no longer than two years before. A changing independent jury of critics, curators and teachers then selects the winning book project. The prize itself consists in the realisation and distribution of the book by Gerhard Steidl and Steidl Publishers. The inaugural award was presented this year as part of the “next 1” forum in Essen and was given to the project 8X’s by Ben Absalom and Sam Bardsley, who had been nominated by the European Centre of Photographic Research at the University of Wales in Newport. The jury consisted of Ute Eskildsen (Director of the Photography Collection in the Museum Folkwang, Essen), Silke Grossmann (Professor of Photography at the Hochschule für bildende Künste, Hamburg), Kristina Hasenpflug (Consultant for Culture at the Wüstenrot Stiftung, Ludwigsburg), Elke Seeger (Professor for Photography and Photo Design at the Folkwang Universität der Künste), and Kerstin Stremmel (art historian, Cologne). In 8X’s Absalom and Bardsley explore and revive the landscape of their childhood in South Wales, a landscape built atop a network of tunnels originally used in 1939 by the military and later by civilians. 8X’s employs different photographic genres, combining them with contemporary and historical images as well as diverse texts. The book will be released in 2011 by Steidl Publishers.

Also Brighton Photo Biennial is opening on the first weekend of October, it's curated by Martin Parr and looks to be showing some very exciting new work. It is also the going to be the worlds first ever frameless photography festival so should be quite interesting. Here's the link to the official site. www.bpb.org.uk 

Related to this we showed the project 8x's at the last Biennial fringe festival as part of bystander collective. www.bystandercollective.org.uk 

Tuesday, 15 June 2010

Wednesday, 9 June 2010

Paris Film

A film composed of around 2000 35mm photographs taken around the periphery and in the suburbs of Paris, set to the speed of 12 frames per second. The film has had to be severely compressed to make it viewable online so please bear in mind the image quality isn't as it should be.

Torn Women

Sunday, 11 April 2010


The book project 8X's has been nominated for the following award as part of Next One photography festival in Essen, Germany, 17-22 May 2010.
Steidl Book-Prize
For the first time this photobook prize will be awarded, offered by Steidl Publishers to support young photographers. It does justice to the importance of the photobook as a medium which by now plays an important role as a means of artistic expression. Ten professors at European universities and colleges have each nominated one book project by a student who graduated no more than two years ago. The nominees will be invited to show their designs at a presentation on 21 May in Essen. The prize is the realisation of the winning book by Gerhard Steidl / Steidl Publishers. A jury, consisting of two university professors, Ute Eskilden, Kerstin Stremmel, and Gerhard Steidl, will announce its decision on 22 May, as part of next 1.  


A selection of images from Paris Revisited will be shown as part of the upcoming group show 'Experimentality' at Newport Museum from 16 April to 5th June 2010 .

Wednesday, 7 April 2010

'Paris Revisited' Outtakes Vol. 2 - Double-ends

A selection merged 35mm negatives created by a camera malfunction, taken during the project 'Paris Revisited' 2009

'Paris Revisited' Outtakes Vol. 1 - Ping-pong

A selection of photographs of ping-pong tables, taken during the project 'Paris Revisited' 2009