[T]he most iconic physical form of music, vinyl records may be having a mainstream comeback, but they’ve been overwhelmingly loved for a long time. Celebrating some of history’s notorious albums, German photographer Kai Schäfer has collated some of the most distinctive creations and captured them in their natural form – spinning on a turntable. From David Bowie’s The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, to Joy Division’s Unknown Pleasures, Prince’s Purple Rain and The Cure’s Three Imaginary Friends, WORLDRECORDS is a powerful homage to music, art and design.
Encapsulating the nuances of vinyl and record players, Schäfer’s project illuminates the diverse past of vinyl, and investigates the insane detail in them. Part of this is thanks to the photographer’s crafting of a unique lighting system which illuminates “the records in a way that suppresses reflections…the precise approach – down to the last detail – is a technical marvel, magnifying each groove and label with the careful consideration that most vinyl collectors adhere to”.