Eggleston may be the king of mass-produced album covers but when it comes to limited edition vinyl Faulkner Short is about to become the undisputed champ. He and his sister Shelley are currently wrapping up production of a limited vinyl release of Shelley's new album A Cave A Canoo on Portland's Mississippi Records. The cover of each record features an 11" square pinhole C-print handmade by Faulkner and assembled into a unique jacket collage by him and his sister.
Faulkner is as analog as they come. He's so analogy there's no good analogy for it.
There are 25 total images in the series, for which Faulkner printed 12 each for a total of 300 records. The first 100 have been presold, with the rest expected to follow suit, er, Shortly. The CD version will be released on Hush Records October 13th featuring this image from the series on the cover:
I think this is a pretty exciting project which circumvents one of the major conundrums facing both music and photography. If anything digital is easily replicated, how does one gain compensation for creating unique works? A limited edition LP with hand-printed photo is certainly one way to do it. There will never be more than 300, no two are quite the same, and they cannot be copied. Problem solved.
Did I mention the photos kick ass? Here are nine more. To see the rest you'll need to track down the record.