Over the last week I’ve working on a photo documentary project of some of London’s well known independent vinyl record stores. The editorial photography commission was for Norwegian Business Daily’s Saturday magazine.
Photo documentary as record sales hit £2.5m last week compared with £2.1m for digital
I was sent to photograph a number of record stores due to vinyl sales overtaking digital sales for the first time in UK. My first port of call was to Soho in the West End. The first shop I visited was ‘Harold Moore Records‘. Full of classical and jazz LP’s. I even came across Sir David Attenborough within the store updating his classical collection.
With the surge of vinyl record sales due to Christmas shopping the stores were full of vinyl collectors. There was a good buzz in most of the record stores for a good mix of editorial photography. On the Saturday I managed to visit five stores in total, including ‘Phonica‘, ‘Sounds of The Universe‘, ‘If Music‘ and ‘Sister Ray‘.
The following week I travelled to stores outside the West End. First off I photographed ‘Sounds That Swing‘ a rock’n’roll vinyl music specialist which made good images with the colourful interior and photogenic owner. Then I headed to Notting Hill for the legendary ‘Honest Jons‘ which had lovely technicolour walls and jazz posters.