Retracing Reggae Record Covers in London

A book recapturing reggae covers photographed in London is close to its goal on Kickstarter

A book documenting 42 reggae record covers photographed in London has nearly reached its £15,000 goal on Kickstarter.

Photographed by Alex Bartsch, each image retraces the original location – and position – of a particular record released between 1967 and 1987.

When speaking about the book Covers, Bartsch said: “The idea first came to me when I bought the Brixton Cat LP by Joe's All Stars [Trojan Records, 1969]. I live in Brixton and took the record down to the market where the cover photo was shot, holding it up and rephotographing it at arms length, matching up the LP to the background. The second cover was Smiley Culture's Cockney Translation 12-inch, which was photographed in Battersea. From then on, I was hooked.”

Covers: Retracing Reggae Record Covers in London will be 112 pages, hardcover and published by Al Newman’s One Love Books.

Kickstarter pledgers could get rewards such as the book, a set of eight postcards, signed and stamped prints and a limited edition (of 200) clothbound book. Bartsch is also offering bicycle tours to visit the various locations in Covers.