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Who Said Vinyl is Dead

Mixed media - Liquid Light emulsion, vinyl LP and 7''single records.

Blue Moon Records, Melbourne, Australia 1996
17 Creations Gallery, New York, NY, USA 1997
Centre for Creative Photography, Adelaide, South Australia 2000


All works copyright the Artist 1996/7.

Who Said Vinyl is Dead?

Who said vinyl is dead? Melbourne artist/photographer Pam Kleemann, after more than a decade of photographing local and international musicians and artists has discovered a unique medium on which to imprint that otherwise intangible image of the essence of live music performance: recycled vinyl discs.

By using a lengthy process of painting liquid light emulsion directly onto the vinyl the photographic image comes alive as an effigy capturing the very moment of creative expression. Not the clean, slick images we are used to seeing in commercial pop music or even the polished finishes of jazz portraits but raw, gritty textured layers where the picture speaks for what you hear and feel - the unexpected, the exhilarating, the magic which moves the soul or makes you dance.

These stunning images include portraits of the legendary MANU DIBANGO, the first musician to bring African jazz to Europe in the 1960s, his intense concentration snapped at SOB's in New York in 1994...or Nigerian reggae eccentric MAJEK FASHEK, in a sublime moment of ecstacy at the Metro in Melbourne in 1993... Zairean chanteuse M'BILIA BEL... Cuban son sensations SIERRA MAESTRA... JIMMY CLIFF, LUCINDA WILLIAMS as well as Australian performers including STEPHEN CUMMINGS, RUBY HUNTER, SHANE HOWARD and more... all photographed as explosions of emotion immortalised on the groove.

This is a unique opportunity to see photographic art which not only documents music culture as a personal medium but also dissolves the boundaries between western rock culture and what we refer to as 'world music' by glimpsing the universal shades of black and white which make music so irresistible to everyone.

Vikki Riley ©1996