"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 it opened in 1939 it has fulfilled multiple functions including a nuclear shelter during the Cold War. Today, all but two tunnels are destroyed. "8x's" was a setting for Ben Absalom (born 1986) and Sam Bardsley's (born 1984) 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 postwar Welsh landscape employing nostalgia, irony and myth. Absalom and Bardsley studied at the University of Wales and the University of Brighton respectively. They have exhibited at Brighton Photo Fringe, the National Eisteddfod of Wales and Brickhouse Gallery in London. In 2010 Absalom and Bardsley were awarded the inaugural Steidl Student Book Award.
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