Dust & Grooves: Adventures in Record Collecting is an inside look into the world of vinyl record collectors in the most intimate of environments—their record rooms.

It all started out several years ago as nothing more than a way for photographer Eilon Paz to make use of his idle hours. Adrift in Brooklyn after emigrating from Israel, Eilon—a record collector on the side—thought it might be fun to start taking photos of people whose record collections were both larger and weirder than his own.

Adopting this as his personal project, he began traveling the world, from Australia to Cuba and Argentina to Ghana, in pursuit of intriguing and memorable subjects. Unearthing the very soul of the vinyl community, the assembly of portraits he created quickly turned into the Dust & Grooves website.

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Bob Mays is a famous record dealer in Detroit who has a lot of rare soul 7-inches and really knows his stuff.

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Ahmir Questlove Thompson – Philadelphia, PA

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The King of 78s – Joe Bussard

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Amnon Nissim – Tel Aviv

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“The one problem with having so many records is, how do you keep them filed? I have a system based on genres, countries, and other criteria.” —Claas Brieler in Berlin, German

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Greg Casseus

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Alessandro Benedetti

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Jonny Trunk

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Debra Dynamite

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Julia Rodionova

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Mr. Scruff with a part of his vinyl collection.

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DJ Shame at his home in Worcester, MA ; Taken for Dust & Grooves, a vinyl photo site. www.dustandgrooves.com (C) All Rights Reserved to Eilon Paz & Dust & Grooves.

DJ Shame at his home in Worcester, MA.

Thomas Pasquet, Paris ; Dust & Grooves is a photo and interview project documenting vinyl collectors in their most intimate environment: their record room. www.dustandgrooves.com (C) All Rights Reserved to Eilon Paz & Dust & Grooves. visit our Kickstarter at: http://kck.st/PkKM4V

Thomas Pasquet, Paris ; Dust & Grooves is a photo and interview project documenting vinyl collectors in their most intimate environment: their record room.

Matthew Glass at his home in NYC ; Dust & Grooves is a photo and interview project documenting vinyl collectors in their most intimate environment: their record room. www.dustandgrooves.com (C) All Rights Reserved to Eilon Paz & Dust & Grooves. visit our Kickstarter at: http://kck.st/PkKM4V

Matthew Glass at his home in NYC ; Dust & Grooves is a photo and interview project documenting vinyl collectors in their most intimate environment: their record room.

Bob George at the Archive of Contemporary music, New York, NY ; Dust & Grooves is a photo and interview project documenting vinyl collectors in their most intimate environment: their record room. www.dustandgrooves.com (C) All Rights Reserved to Eilon Paz & Dust & Grooves. visit our Kickstarter at: http://kck.st/PkKM4V

Bob George at the Archive of Contemporary music, New York, NY ; Dust & Grooves is a photo and interview project documenting vinyl collectors in their most intimate environment: their record room.

Jamison Harvey, Brooklyn, NY with "Soul Flutes" compilation album. who's playing there? Herbie Hancock, Ray Barretto, Grady Tate. The identity of "The Fluteman" remains in question. While Herbie Mann has confirmed that he appears on this record, producer Creed Taylor has also informed that Hubert Laws is the mysterious flautist. Given the aural evidence, it is possible that both appear under this title. Dust & Grooves is a photo and interview project documenting vinyl collectors in their most intimate environment: their record room. www.dustandgrooves.com (C) All Rights Reserved to Eilon Paz & Dust & Grooves. visit our Kickstarter at: http://kck.st/PkKM4V

Jamison Harvey, Brooklyn, NY with “Soul Flutes” compilation album. who’s playing there? Herbie Hancock, Ray Barretto, Grady Tate. The identity of “The Fluteman” remains in question. While Herbie Mann has confirmed that he appears on this record, producer Creed Taylor has also informed that Hubert Laws is the mysterious flautist. Given the aural evidence, it is possible that both appear under this title.
Dust & Grooves is a photo and interview project documenting vinyl collectors in their most intimate environment: their record room.

Oliver Wang, a vinyl record collector, writer and music journalist from Los Angeles, CA photographed with his vinyl collection at his home for Dust & Grooves. © Copyright - Eilon Paz - www.dustandgrooves.com

Oliver Wang, a vinyl record collector, writer and music journalist from Los Angeles, CA photographed with his vinyl collection at his home for Dust & Grooves.

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Joey Altruda, musician. Altruda is thumbing through a stack of bebop 78s in his living room in LA. On the coffee table is an assortment of record cover art by David Stone.

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Joel Oliveira, the owners of Tropicalia In Furs record shop in NYC, with a Cem Karaca 7’.

Eothen Alapatt, better known as Egon, a vinyl record collector, writer and music journalist from Los Angeles, CA photographed with his vinyl collection at his home for Dust & Grooves. © Copyright - Eilon Paz - www.dustandgrooves.com

Eothen Alapatt, better known as Egon, a vinyl record collector, writer and music journalist from Los Angeles, CA photographed with his vinyl collection at his home for Dust & Grooves.

Cut Chemist, Music producer and a vinyl record collector from Los Angeles, CA photographed with his vinyl collection at his home for Dust & Grooves. © Copyright - Eilon Paz - www.dustandgrooves.com

Cut Chemist, Music producer and a vinyl record collector from Los Angeles, CA photographed with his vinyl collection at his home for Dust & Grooves.

Rich Medina, D.J. , Music producer, a poet and a vinyl collecror. Photographed at his home in Philladelphia, PA for Dust & Grooves, a crate digging photo blog. www.dustandgrooves.com (C) All Rights Reserved to Eilon Paz & Dust & Grooves.

Rich Medina, D.J. , Music producer, a poet and a vinyl collector. Photographed at his home in Philadelphia, PA.

Debra Dynamite & Ken "rockin-daddy-o" Abruzzi, a couple who collects and specializes in Rockabilly vinyl records. Photographed at their house in Belmar, NJ. Photos taken for Dust & Grooves, a crate digging photo blog. www.dustandgrooves.com -- (C) All Rights Reserved.

Debra Dynamite & Ken “rockin-daddy-o” Abruzzi, a couple who collects and specializes in Rockabilly vinyl records. Photographed at their house in Belmar, NJ.

Mustafa, a vinyl record collector from Istanbul, Turkey, Taken for Dust & Grooves, a crate digging photo blog. www.dustandgrooves.com (C) All Rights Reserved to Eilon Paz & Dust & Grooves.

Mustafa, a vinyl record collector from Istanbul, Turkey, Taken for Dust & Grooves.

Keb Darge – The Man Who Sold His Soul (and funk, and r&b Records)

Keb Darge – The Man Who Sold His Soul (and funk, and r&b Records)

In the summer of 2012, Eilon launched a Kickstarter campaign that funded his road trip to shoot collectors throughout the American heartland, and since then, the project has been embraced by many friends and supporters who have volunteered to work with Eilon along the way. This year, Dust & Grooves expands even further, complementing the website’s cloud with a physical book that profiles over 130 vinyl collectors with photographic essays and in-depth interviews.dust-and-grooves-15

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Dust & Grooves has engaged and connected the underground community of record collectors. As well as becoming a go-to place for vinyl lovers, it maintains the integrity and history of vinyl, as well as the musical heritage that goes along with every record in these collections. As technology moves forward and many music formats go digital, Eilon’s endeavor helps keep the rich, warm, analog life of vinyl spinning.

Playlist: Complete mixes from vinyl record collectors


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All photographs are taken by Eilon Paz © Dust & Grooves