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Editors cover “An End Has A Start” photography by Idris Khan research from sleevage.com website


The days of purring over sleeve artwork are probably long gone for most music buyers nowadays but a good cover can still play a key part in packaging, branding and marketing a band. Over recent times a cover which consistently caught my eye was the Editors “The End has a Start” I don’t quite know why, but I liked the colours and the image and so I decided to investigate a little more.

There is a fantastic website (Australian in origin I believe) which made my task a whole lot easier. Sleevage.com is a fantastic resource which started a year ago and it delights in record sleeve art. Any interesting cover (new or old) can be put forward and the origin of the image or design is discussed with intelligence and insight. If you really love your music there is the opportunity to suggest and submit your own review, in return you can get your hands on free CD’s and gig tickets.

Luckily, the Editors cover was discussed in staggering detail by Ash at Sleevage only a few months ago. For me, the image on the front cover evokes memories of an industrialized area just on the edge of city centre Manchester near the Velodrome where huge gas storage structures tower over terraced houses. For the reviewer at Sleevage it looked like it could be a stadium or a racetrack and just goes to show that what we see is in the eye of the beholder.

The photography is by Idris Khan a controversial UK artist who uses other peoples images to build up multi-layers until a “new” piece is created. I use the word controversial as he has created a bit of a stir due his actual source material being other artists’ work, which raises many questions as regards authorship, originality and copyright. (see also Richard Prince’s work). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Prince

The cover shot was created by Khan using a series of images taken by Bernd and Hilla Becher, they were a German husband and wife artistic team who began working in the late 50’s their work often featured the industrial structures which surrounded them. (Bernd Becher sadly died last year and his obituary can be found here).

Whatever the rights and wrongs, I do find Idris Khan’s work haunting and rather beautiful. The strongest images are those which have the central spine and linear core provided by buildings. On this work the architectural symmetry allows the layers to blossom and creates a real atmosphere and feel that works ‘with’ rather than ‘against’ the originals.

 

“it’s obviously not about re-photographing the photographs to make exact copies, but to intervene and bring a spectrum of feelings – warmth, humour, anxiety – to what might otherwise be considered cool aloof image. Idris Khan.

 

In 2004 he scanned all 1,953 pages of the Koran to create what he believes is his best piece. He discusses this project in a Guardian interview here.

Now I’m off back to Sleevage.com to check out that “Nevermind” cover for Nirvana …

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9 Responses to “Editors cover “An End Has A Start” photography by Idris Khan research from sleevage.com website”


  1. 1 arif rivai

    good artworks, nice.. im interested

  2. 2 Online Digital Photography Classes

    Very nice and informative article. Thanks for the quality content and I hope you update your blog frequently as I`m interested in this topic. I`ve already bookmarked this article. Thanx!

  3. 3 SaraGreenwich

    I’m excited to be finally posting online after all these years. There really is no mystery about it, is there? I just dropped by your blog and had to write. I’m a recent college grad, journalism major if you must know, and I absolutely love photography. I’ve got my site up but it’s nothing to boast about yet. None of my stuff’s been posted. Soon as I figure out how to do that, I’ll spend the afternoon posting my best shots. anyways just thought I’d drop a line. I hope to return with more substantial stuff, stuff you can actually use. SPG

  4. 4 jooohn

    in my eyes it looks like the old gas storage in Berlin
    http://www.morgenpost.de/multimedia/archive/00146/gasometer_schoenebe_146809b.jpg

  5. 5 admin

    Hey, Thanks very much for getting touch. Good spot, I think you could very well be right there!
    Gill

  6. 6 Minneapolis wedding photographer

    Wow. really interesting article. Thanks!

  7. 7 Jennifer

    Great artwork.Thanks for sharing..

  8. 8 Mel

    Very well written article thx for sharing.
    The artwork is amazing..

  9. 9 Arttu

    I would bet on it that Idris also used a photograph from Helsinki, Finland. From Suvilahti to be precise. Or it has been some sort of similar construction but just check this picture. At least I can’t come up that kind of structure from those pictures shown above. If the link doesn’t work google “helsinki+suvilahti” in picture search.

    http://www.google.fi/imgres?num=10&hl=fi&tbo=d&authuser=0&biw=1600&bih=799&tbm=isch&tbnid=5HaTImSt6k74tM:&imgrefurl=http://www.vastavalo.fi/kaasusailio-gas-tank-gases-suvilahti-337040.html&docid=Kj17codMzg8ZDM&imgurl=http://www.vastavalo.fi/albums/userpics/11077/normal_Suvilahti_5529.jpg&w=900&h=600&ei=D6T-UNa8F4ip4ATcoIHoDQ&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=271&vpy=475&dur=1872&hovh=183&hovw=275&tx=132&ty=81&sig=103505975024234387395&page=1&tbnh=137&tbnw=227&start=0&ndsp=28&ved=1t:429,r:15,s:0,i:178

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