Retracing Reggae Record Sleeves Photographed in London

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Photographer and vinyl enthusiast, Alex Bartsch, embarked on a project to find reggae record covers photographed in London, find their original locations and rephotograph them in situ. It’s a project which has taken him over two years. The culmination of his work is a photo book which he’s launching on Kickstarter.

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Moodie – London N17 (41 years later) – He takes each shot at arm’s length holding each record cover in the place where the photographs were originally shot. Photo © 2016 Alex Bartsch, courtesy One Love Books

 

‘To date I have located more than 40 covers. Some were easy to find while others took months of detective work. I cycled all over the city, from Penge in southeast London to Harlesden in the northwest. There were wild goose chases, and some unexpected finds. It’s been a great adventure, and has painted an interesting map of London’s reggae music heritage.’

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John Holt, 2000 Volts of Holt (Trojan Records, 1976), rephotographed in Holland Park, London W14, 39 years later. Photo © 2016 Alex Bartsch, courtesy One Love Books

 

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Smiley Culture – London NW11 (32 years later) Photo © 2016 Alex Bartsch, courtesy One Love Books

 

A selection of the images from the project will also be exhibited at Art Basel Miami from 2nd – 5th December 2016.

You can view Alex’s project and his website.

 

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Felix Kenchington
Product Designer • Music Enthusiast
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