This Guy Hunts Down Original Album Cover Locations In London

Vintage album covers are reunited with their original shoot locations in this satisfying series. Shot by Alex Bartsch, everything is aligned for a seamless collage of past and present.

Most of these albums covers were for reggae projects making music between 1967 and 1987. The covers were shot around London and give a short tour of the city back then.

"The image on a record cover usually remains within defined borders, instantly recognisable as a record cover, but not so much as a location," Bartsch says of the project.

"Approaching the scene from a wider angle and revealing the cover’s surroundings brought me, and will hopefully bring others, closer to the time and place of the original photo shoot."

"Some [of the locations] were easy to find while others took months of detective work. I cycled all over the city, from Penge in southeast London to Harlesden in the northwest. There were wild goose chases, and some unexpected finds. It's been a great adventure, and has painted an interesting map of London's reggae music heritage."

You can follow Bartsch's project on Kickstarter here.