Kai Schäfer: WORLDRECORDS
1st June — 1st July 2018
We love this new exhibition!
Not only do we remember many of the records, but also quite a few of the record players in the photographs. And the detail and sharpness of the images as well as the unique lighting Kai Schäfer used to take the pictures is extraordinary. It does make you glad that vinyl had a revival over the last few years. This exhibition celebrates the analogue acoustic art of records; photos of CD’s would never have the same impact.
Just looking at the images takes you right back to when you bought a new LP, admired the art work of the sleeve, read the notes and lyrics and put the pristine record on the turntable for the first time. Mine made a few crackling noises before the music started, but I did not mind, and then I would have listened to the whole side of the record and not just pick and choose tracks (though some of the turntables on show would have let you do that), before turning it over carefully, so I didn’t leave any finger prints, to listen to side 2.
If you do get a chance to go and see it, please do. HENI Gallery is only a few minutes from Piccadilly Circus, Regent Street or Oxford Circus.
From the press release:
The photo series WORLDRECORDS by German photographer Kai Schäfer celebrates some of the very best and most distinctive albums in music history, each one beautifully captured on an iconic turntable.
HENI Gallery is exhibiting 46 works from the series which include classic records such as Pink Floyd’s The Wall, Serge Gainsbourg’s Initials B.B., The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and Michael Jackson’s Thriller on turntables by Rek-O-Kut, Dual, Technics and Bang & Olufsen.
Featuring albums such as David Bowie’s The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, Joy Division’s Unknown Pleasures, Kraftwerk’s Tour de France, Miles Davis’s A Kind of Blue, Prince’s Purple Rain and The Clash’s London Calling, the photographic series is a visually sumptuous homage to music, art and design.
The accompanying publication WORLDRECORDS which includes a foreword Peter Hook of Joy Division and New Order fame, is available to purchase, RRP £25.
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