This book reads like a history of photography …
Robert Frank, Dorothea Lange, Saul Leiter, Andy Warhol, Berenice Abbott, Herb Ritts, Jeff Wall, William Eggleston, W. Eugene Smith, Cindy Sherman, Rene Burri, Alec Soth, Annie Leibovitz, Weegee, Guy Bourdin, David Bailey, Nan Goldin, Helmut Newton, Helen Levitt, Susan Meiselas, Araki, Irving Penn, Daido Moryiama.
But it is actually a beautifully produced book of Vinyl record covers, featuring the work of these and more.
Some of the artists actually photographed the work on commission, some were appropriated. All of the album covers are terrific.
Most of us know that Robert Mapplethorpe shot the portrait of Patti Smith for Horses. And Andy Warhol created the Velvet Underground‘s ‘Banana‘ cover. But so many new ones to discover.
Here are a few examples:
De Beaupré, Antoine et al (Eds.). 2016. Total Records: Photography and the Art of the Album Cover. New York: Aperture.