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Outline 

One LP is a unique and critically acclaimed portrait photography project that explores the inspirational qualities of jazz recordings and the impact that they have on people’s lives. Each portrait features the subject holding a recording that is of fundamental importance to them. The photograph is accompanied by a short interview that explores the meaning and value of the selected album. Quickview - Home/menu 

Concept and development 

The project commenced in 2010 as a response to conversations with musicians about their relationship with the work of other artists encountered via recordings. In particular, conversations had focused on the albums that had profoundly moved the subjects. As a conversation is of course transient – usually committed only to memory - I was eager to find a format that would adequately document my interactions with the artists. The One LP series is the outcome - something that excavates layers of memory, influence, being and uniqueness. Perhaps more poetically, One LP has come to represent a journey into another’s soul: the album that each artist selects is a part of them: their past, present and future. 

The project, conceived in the jazz world has been extended and now includes around 200 people in a spectrum of occupations in the creative milieu - artists, academics, broadcasters, musicians, writers and photographers. William Ellis  

The premiere exhibition was held in New York at the ARChive of Contemporary Music. 

'British photographer William Ellis is perhaps best known for his impeccable photos of jazz musicians. Truly cool interactive exhibits like this that combine multiple art forms don’t come around often.' Time Out New York  

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