Photographers who revolutionised album art: New exhibition

Last week The Guardian posted a photography article off the back of a new exhibition at Les Rencontres d’Arles called Total Records: The Great Adventure of Album Cover Photography. The exhibition looks at photographers who revolutionised album art forever and the hits and misses of the art form.

Photographers who revolutionised album art | Man Ray Rolling Stones

One of most well documented album covers that never was, was Man Ray’s original Rolling Stones cover for their Exile on Main Street. The 82-year-old artist agreed and produced a design in which the faces of the five Rolling Stones appeared inside black circles on a white background. The inspiration, he said, was the song Tumbling Dice, the first single from the album. The album sleeve was produced by American photographer Robert Frank, whose black-and-white collage of Super 8 images is considered one of the classic album covers of all time.

Robert Frank Rolling Stones | Photographers who revolutionised album art

The exhibition not only includes inspired album sleeves but more controversial images used to portray the album. One of the most notable album sleeves was the Weegee image adorning George Michael’s Listen Without Prejudice album, an image that seemed barley appropriate to either the music or the artist.

George Michael Listen Without Prejudice | Robert Frank Rolling Stones | Photographers who revolutionised album art

The exhibition traces pop’s relationship with photography using album sleeves that span the history of vinyl recordings, and includes pioneering photographers who either commissioned by labels to capture the identity of an artist or an existing image the musician requested.

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