Photographer Tracks Down Locations of Famous Reggae Vinyl Covers

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Alex Bartsch, a London-based photographer started to work on a photography project in 2014 which documents the original locations of iconic reggae record covers that were photographed in the city between 1967 and 1987.

Bartsch has been a huge reggae fan since he was a kid when his father introduced him to Bob Marley. He began collecting records as part of a “music experience,” and now he uses that collection to track down their locations and rephotographing them in “situ.”

“The idea first came to me when I bought the Brixton Cat LP by Joe’s All Stars (Trojan Records, 1969). I live in Brixton and took the record down to the market where the cover photo was shot, holding it up and rephotographing it at arms length, matching up the LP to the background. The second cover was Smiley Culture’s Cockney Translation 12″, which was photographed in Battersea. From then on, I was hooked,” Bartsch wrote on Kickstarter.

He spent years traveling around London to search the places he saw in those reggae albums. He selected 42 record sleeves to create this series.

Book and exhibition launch :: Alex Bartsch – Covers: Retracing Reggae Record Sleeves in London :: Wednesday 4th April 6–8pm :: Lower Gallery, Rich Mix, London E1 6LA :: Curated by Al Newman :: Sounds by Mistah Brown (Tighten Up/Trojan Jukebox) :: Drinks courtesy Wray and Nephew and Vita Coco :: Exhibition until 23rd April :: Free entry :: All welcome :: Supported by Arts Council England and Art Fund — 33 years later  TITLE: Big Ship  ARTIST: Freddie McGregor  LABEL: Greensleeves  YEAR: 1982  LOCATION: London SE10  COVER PHOTO: Tim O’Sullivan  #cratedigging #reggae #london #vinylcollection #vinyl #greensleeves #records #recordcollection #alexbartsch #onelovebooks #art #covers #photography #freddiemcgregor #bigship @freddiemcgregor

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