Photographs by Ben Absalom & Sam Bardsley.
Steidl, 2011. 50 pp., Color illustrations throughout, 15½x11½".
“8x’s” is the local name for the ex-ammunitions storage site in Absalom and Bardsley’s hometown of Bridgend in South
Wales. The site consisted of seven tunnels and since opening in 1939 it fulfilled multiple functions including a nuclear
shelter during the Cold War. Today, all but two tunnels are destroyed. 8x’s was a setting for Absalom and Bardsley’s childhood
adventures and in this book they combine photography, newspaper articles, interviews and snapshots to revisit its
multiple histories. The result is an original map of a post-war Welsh landscape employing nostalgia, irony and myth.
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