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WORLDRECORDS collects highlights from the photo series ‘worldrecords’ where Kai Schäfer photographs the great albums of music history on classic turntables, presented on oversized prints. The large format allows all the details and nuances of the vinyl and record players to shine. Schäfer’s work is a tribute to the art of the analogue and a celebration of some of pop’s finest music.

Albums featured include David Bowie’s The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, Joy Division’s Unknown Pleasures, Dr Dre’s The Chronic, Serge’s Gainsbourg’s Initials B.B., Michael Jackson’s Thriller, The Rolling Stones’ Exileon Main St and The Clash’s London Calling.

An interview with the artist by Michael Bracewell accompanies the book as well as a foreword by Peter Hook, of Joy Division and New Order fame. Published to coincide with the exhibition WORLDRECORDS by Kai Schäfer showcasing a selection of the photographs featured in the book at HENI Gallery from 1 June to 1 July 2018.

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May 2018




297mm x 297mm





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Kai Schäfer is an artist from Germany. In his series ‘worldrecords’ he combines his two passions photography and music. This work has been exhibited in New York and Los Angeles. He lives and works in Düsseldorf, Germany.

Peter Hook is a musician and the co-founder of Joy Division and New Order.

Michael Bracewell is a writer and novelist. His recent publications have included catalogue essays on the art of Bridget Riley and Richard Hamilton for The National Gallery, London.


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