Arts Illustrated

June 23, 2020

One for the Album

Four men crossing a pedestrian, a Buddhist monk in flames, a baby swimming underwater after a dollar bill, a pair of skinny zippered jeans, a yellow banana serigraphy, a burning man shaking hands with another – all these images have left a deep impression on entire generations of music fans. What would an album be without its cover?

A while ago, the exhibition ‘Total Records: Vinyls and Photography’ at Foto Colectania Foundation in Barcelona pondered over the same question and presented a unique collection that celebrated the key element in the iconography of music albums – the times when the names of renowned artists and photographers went down in the musical history books.

Vinyl: Boz Scaggs, Middle Man, Columbia - FC 36106, United States, 1980. Photograph by Guy Bourdin. Designed by Nancy Donald.
Vinyl: Boz Scaggs, Middle Man, Columbia – FC 36106, United States, 1980. Photograph by Guy Bourdin. Designed by Nancy Donald.

 

Vinyl: Tete Montoliu amb Billy Brooks I Erik Peter, A tot Jazz – Concèntric – 5701-SZL,Spain 1965. Photograph by Oriol Maspons. Designed by Espira.
Vinyl: Tete Montoliu amb Billy Brooks I Erik Peter, A tot Jazz – Concèntric – 5701-SZL,Spain 1965. Photograph by Oriol Maspons. Designed by Espira.

 

Vinyl: Orquesta Melodías del 40, Cha cha chá, Puchito MLP-512, Cuba, 1955. Photograph by Armand. Designed by Unknown.
Vinyl: Orquesta Melodías del 40, Cha cha chá, Puchito MLP-512, Cuba, 1955. Photograph by Armand. Designed by Unknown.
Vinyl: The Rolling Stones, Exile on Main St., Rolling Stones Records - COC 69100, England, 1972. Photograph by Robert Frank. Designed by John van Hamersveld/ Norman Seeff.
Vinyl: The Rolling Stones, Exile on Main St., Rolling Stones Records – COC 69100, England, 1972. Photograph by Robert Frank. Designed by John van Hamersveld/ Norman Seeff.
Vinyl: Led Zeppelin, Physical Graffiti, Swan Song - SSK 89400. England, 1975. Photograph by Elliott Erwitt. Designed by AGI / Mike Doud / Peter Corriston.
Vinyl: Led Zeppelin, Physical Graffiti, Swan Song – SSK 89400. England, 1975. Photograph by Elliott Erwitt. Designed by AGI / Mike Doud / Peter Corriston.
Vinyl: Miles Davis, Tutu, Warner Bros. Records - 1-25490, Estados Unidos, 1986. Photograph by Irving Penn. Designed by Eiko Ishioka.
Vinyl: Miles Davis, Tutu, Warner Bros. Records – 1-25490, Estados Unidos, 1986. Photograph by Irving Penn. Designed by Eiko Ishioka.
Vinyl: The Beatles, Abbey Road, Apple Records – PCS 7088. Inglaterra, 1969. Photograph by Iain Macmillan. Designed by John Kosh.
Vinyl: The Beatles, Abbey Road, Apple Records – PCS 7088. Inglaterra, 1969. Photograph by Iain Macmillan. Designed by John Kosh.
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