Just as vinyl records are icons of a past era of music, so are the turntables on which they were played. World Records, by German artist Kai Schaefer, is a photography project that captures some of music’s greatest albums in their original vinyl format and on the turntables of that record’s time.
Equal parts nostalgia and homage, the project is meant to pay tribute to music’s analog past. “In a way—and that makes the photo series so special—it is also a private time machine to the spectator: music as an impulse to remember bits and pieces of one’s personal history, a release of former thoughts and feelings,” Schaefer says on his website.
The series includes around 100 photographs of different records, like Joy Division’s Unknown Pleasures on a Revox and Little Richard’s Here’s Little Richard on a Garrard.