See-through record player?

see through vintage record player art

I came across these amazing images, developed by Barcelona-based artist Max de Esteban. They are photographs of everyday objects which he carefully takes apart, paints all the components white, and then rebuilds while photographing each stage of the reassembly. The various images are then blended to create these ethereal X-ray like images. Particularly eye-catching are the portable record player and the old cassette radio. “By eliminating the objects’ individual peculiarities, each photograph becomes a generic symbol of decay and death,” is how the artist himself puts it. I like the way this makes you look at the objects in a totally different way, appreciating what lies beneath the surface. Esteban’s images look fantastic but before you dash off to search for a print be warned this is proper fine art and priced as such.
see through radio cassette player artThe images do have a similarity with those sleeves on the site for the Deutsch Gramophon classical albums in the Festival Of Hits series where the designer took a range of everyday artifacts and painted them up white before photographing them for the covers.

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About simon robinson

Having worked as a designer mostly in the music industry, and mainly in the reissue sector, I now concentrate on the design and publication of books about popular culture - and even write some of them.
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