Vinyl Junkie Spent Years Retracing Places Seen On Reggae Record Sleeves

´┐╝socialmediaimage

Covers: Retracing Reggae Record Sleeves in London (Photograph: Alex Bartsch)

The London-based photographer spent years retracing more than 40 vinyl sleeves, and his recaptured scenes now make for an incredible book which follows the changing face of Jamaican music.

It all started when Bartsch purchased the Brixton Cat LP from Joe's All Stars (Trojan Records, 1969).He took the record back down to the market in Brixton where the cover had been shot, held it up and rephotographed it at an arms length, matching-up the background to the LP.

The second cover was Smiley Culture's Cockney Translation 12", which was photographed in Battersea. "From then on, I was hooked," he writes on Kickstarter.Bartsch has now compiled 42 individual covers, some easier to find than others.To get these snapshots he had to hitch a boat ride across Regents Canal, climb onto a rooftop in Old Street, venture on to the Westway in West London and ask to enter various front rooms and gardens.

"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."

Teaming up with Al Newman at One Love Books, Bartsch managed to curate a 112-page archive which paints an interesting map of reggae music and its heritage in London.

The book will be launched at a free exhibition at the Rich Mix Gallery in east London on April 4, which comes complete with rum punch and music by Mistah Brown (Tighten Up/Trojan Jukebox).(Via Konbini)



edge
Covers: Retracing Reggae Record Sleeves in London (Photograph: Alex Bartsch)

edge
Covers: Retracing Reggae Record Sleeves in London (Photograph: Alex Bartsch)

edge
Covers: Retracing Reggae Record Sleeves in London (Photograph: Alex Bartsch)

edge
Covers: Retracing Reggae Record Sleeves in London (Photograph: Alex Bartsch)

edge
Covers: Retracing Reggae Record Sleeves in London (Photograph: Alex Bartsch)