city of haarlem


There’s a process to creating vinyl records that borders on artistry, something Alastair Philip Wiper—who loves records—discovered during a visit to Record Industry, a pressing plant in the in the Dutch city of Haarlem. The British photographer followed every step in the process, from making the master to pressing the wax to shrink-wrapping the finished product.

Hardcore audiophiles never gave up on the format, of course, but hipsters and nostalgic baby boomers helped fueled a resurgence that started in 2006, and sales remain strong. In fact, sales surged 30 percent last year. Given the boom in business, Record Industry can crank out around 30,000 records a day.

 Check out more photos and read about Wipe’s project.