The One LP Experience

One LP is a unique critically acclaimed portraiture photography project which explores the inspirational qualities of recordings and the impact they have on peoples’ lives.  This groundbreaking series has captured the imagination of artists and audiences by encouraging them to talk about and reflect on recordings that have had a profound influence on their lives. Originally created by William Ellis as a jazz photography project that focused on documenting recordings that have inspired leading contemporay jazz artists. The project’s universal appeal meant it has evolved and been expanded since then, not only to embrace people working in other aspects of the arts and culture but also to capture the excitement and experiences of audiences, listeners and fans alike.One LP is not only as a stunning display of location-based portrait photography, chronicling peoples’ personal relationship to recordings as a mode of storytelling, but also works as a commentary about identity and community.William Ellis’ photographs have been exhibited in cities around the world and received critical acclaim from fans, artists and writers. One LP premiere exhibition was held in New York in 2014 to great acclaim and subsequently exhibited at BritWeek Los Angeles in 2015.Such has been the impact on visitors to the exhibitions and website One LP concept project is now offered as a bespoke art event of optional elements comprising an exhibition of One LP portraits, presentation and workshops which take place in galleries, work places or ‘pop up’ space – for arts, music and literary venues and festivals, arts organisations, societies and individuals.The One LP experience can be delivered almost anywhere - worldwide. The flexiblity of its presentation modes means that an event can be tailored precisely for your program, either as a stand-alone or integrated activity.

One LP is a unique critically acclaimed portraiture photography project which explores the inspirational qualities of recordings and the impact they have on peoples’ lives.  

This groundbreaking series has captured the imagination of artists and audiences by encouraging them to talk about and reflect on recordings that have had a profound influence on their lives.  

Originally created by William Ellis as a jazz photography project that focused on documenting recordings that have inspired leading contemporay jazz artists.  

The project’s universal appeal meant it has evolved and been expanded since then, not only to embrace people working in other aspects of the arts and culture but also to capture the excitement and experiences of audiences, listeners and fans alike. 

One LP is not only as a stunning display of location-based portrait photography, chronicling peoples’ personal relationship to recordings as a mode of storytelling, but also works as a commentary about identity and community. 

William Ellis’ photographs have been exhibited in cities around the world and received critical acclaim from fans, artists and writers.  

One LP premiere exhibition was held in New York in 2014 to great acclaim and subsequently exhibited at BritWeek Los Angeles in 2015. 

Such has been the impact on visitors to the exhibitions and website One LP concept project is now offered as a bespoke art event of optional elements comprising an exhibition of One LP portraits, presentation and workshops which take place in galleries, work places or ‘pop up’ space – for arts, music and literary venues and festivals, arts organisations, societies and individuals. 

The One LP experience can be delivered almost anywhere - worldwide. The flexiblity of its presentation modes means that an event can be tailored precisely for your program, either as a stand-alone or integrated activity.  

"One LP is a journey into another's soul - the album each person choses to hold and discuss is part of them: their past, present and future." William Ellis 

One LP: The Project 

One LP is a unique and critically acclaimed portraiture photography project that explores the inspirational qualities of music recordings and the impact that they have on people’s lives.  

"Great project." - Graham Nash 

One LP: The Experience 

The Experience is a tour-ready rendering of the One LP project. It is offered as a bespoke art event that can be assembled from a range of components, and has been designed to appeal to arts, music, and literary organisations in the private, public and community sectors. It is also available to clients educational settings. 

The Experience is based on an exhibition of One LP portraits and transcribed interviews: the exhibition can be complemented with a range of activities comprising individual One LP portrait and interview sessions. Presentations, seminars, methodology and practitioner workshops, and discussions relating to technical aspects of portrait and music photography (the latter for small groups or individuals).  

Any or all options are available - see what the team at iconic jazz club Ronnie Scott's in London selected as their One LP. 

Further and unique components available by discussion - for example, One LP sessions with delegates as a stimulus for group engagement and reflection. 

The One LP Experience can be delivered almost anywhere - worldwide.  

The flexibility of its presentation modes means that an event can be tailored to your programme, either as a stand-alone or as an integrated activity. 

The Experience can be set-up in galleries, theatres and arts spaces, but is also designed for roll-out into colleges, work places, ‘pop up’ shows, festivals and outdoor events.  

One LP: The Journey so far 

"British photographer William Ellis is perhaps best known for his impeccable photos of jazz musicians. Now his One LP Project comes to New York. Truly cool interactive exhibits like this don't come around too often" - Time Out New York 

The world-premiere exhibition for One LP was held in New York at the ARChive of Contemporary Music in September 2014, and was featured in Time Out. The project was subsequently exhibited at BritWeek in Los Angeles in May 2015. QR codes were used to link directly to the artist's interview on the One LP site via a free smart phone app. Visitors were inspired to consider and talk about their own One LP. 

The project’s originator, William Ellis is a world renowned music photographer whose works have been exhibited in key cultural centres and prestigious arts venues across the world. William’s images are held in the collection of the National Portrait Gallery in London.  

To discuss how the One LP Project can be integrated into your event contact - info@william-ellis.com 

One LP Project Synopsis web page - PDF download 

"One LP" is a marvellous idea, superbly executed. The range of subjects (human and musical) is wide indeed, often surprising, sometimes touching, always interesting. May it go on and on!" 

Dan Morgenstern, Director Emeritus, Rutgers - Institute of Jazz Studies, NEA Jazz Master. 

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Photographs from the portfolio which includes Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Nancy Wilson, Jon Hendricks, Christian Scott, Elvin Jones and McCoy Tyner are available for exhibition as context for One LP or as a stand alone presentation.