WORLDRECORDS Is The Book All Vinyl Heads Need

There are few sights more satisfying than a glistening slab of wax placed atop a classic turntable.
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Featuring albums such as Kraftwerk’s Tour de France, Miles Davis’ A Kind of Blue and Prince’s Purple Rain, WORLDRECORDS, a new book and exhibition from German photographer Kai Schäfer, celebrates the beautiful intricacies of vinyl through classic LPs, each one placed on an iconic turntable. 

The project, which started in 2010, developed after Schäfer constructed a unique lighting system to illuminate the records in a way that supresses 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. The accompanying book includes a foreword by Peter Hook, of Joy Division and New Order fame and text by art and music writer Michael Bracewell, who writes, “WORLDRECORDS is as much a celebration of iconic turntable design as it is a statement about the history of rock and pop music and our relationship to it."

Schäfer says: “WORLDRECORDS is a tribute to analogue acoustic art; a homage to the warmest, perhaps most sensitive type of sound carrier. In a way – 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. The soundtrack of your life.” 

WORLDRECORDS exhibition by Kai Schäfer is on from 1st  June – 1st  July 2018 @ HENI Gallery 6-10 Lexington Street, London, W1F 0LB. Open Monday – Saturday 10am –6pm

WORLDRECORDS is published on 31st May to coincide with the London exhibition, RRP £25. For more information please visit

All images © Kai Schäfer