The Guardian’s Killian Fox tells the story of Dust & Grooves—from the original spark in Tropicalia in Furs up until now. Photographer Eilon Paz talks to Fox about the medium of vinyl and working on the features for his photography book Dust & Grooves: Adventures in Record Collecting (a second edition is out now and a third edition will be published by Ten Speed Press in September).
Below is an excerpt from the feature, and you can read the full article here:
At home with the world’s most dedicated record collectors
BY KILLIAN FOX
DJ Rich Medina photographed at his home in Philadelphia for the Dust & Grooves website. Photograph: Eilon Paz
“The people Eilon Paz features in his new book, Dust & Grooves – and on the brilliant website that gave rise to it – are serious record collectors. They obsess over ultra-rare Ethiopian jazz 45s from the 70s. They go to Japan and shell out thousands for a single piece of vinyl. Their houses (and spouses) are overwhelmed by the breadth of their habit. Some, like Gilles Peterson, take a targeted approach but still end up with 30,000 records in their possession. Others are completists who hoover up entire back catalogues without any regard for quality. Some collect as an investment or to make art projects, others for the sheer love of the music.
Paz, on the other hand, is a casual collector. “I like to have music on vinyl,” he tells me, “but I don’t need to have specific records. I’m just a music lover really.” An Israeli photographer who established his career in Tel Aviv, he moved to New York in 2008, just as the recession was kicking in. Out of work, Paz spent his free time haunting record shops and was drawn into the New York vinyl scene. The idea for Dust & Grooves came about when he photographed the owner of Tropicalia in Furs, a now-defunct record shop in the East Village, picking out rarities and oddities for the camera […]”
Photograph: Eilon Paz
Read more at theguardian.com.