Rutherford Chang: can't get enough of the White Album
The artist has collected hundreds of copies of the Beatles’ album, each bearing the traces of its former owners
Imagine a vinyl collection consisting of 693 first pressings … of the same album. Artist Rutherford Chang started collecting the Beatles’ “White Album” when he was 15, and because he prefers the battered covers – “I often find the ‘poorer’-condition albums more interesting,” he says – Chang has never paid more than $20 (£13) for a copy.
All photographs by Eilon Paz for Dust & Grooves
So are they well-loved, or vandalised? The albums have been personalised with everything from white paint to scrawled poetry. “I keep wondering if Richard Hamilton foresaw that this would happen when he designed the cover back in 1968,” says Chang.