Vinylography for International Music Day

Art exhibition shows milestones of pop- and rock music history

by Gerd Schaller
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It's the wonderful experiences and moving moments, that accompany many people throughout their lives. They are often closely related to music, with this one song, with the feel of vinyl, the distinctive groove pattern, legendary record labels and turntables from a time, that will never be there again. The on 1. October 2021, this year's International Music Day, opening exhibition “Vinylography – Milestones in music history” shows 50 large-format works by the photo artist Gerd Schaller.


Special times call for special solutions. The digital exhibition can be seen up to March 31st 2022 at


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Oversized artworks


The highlights include a two and a half meter wide and almost two meter high picture of David Bowie's hymn “Heroes” also a monumental depiction of John Lennon's musical work for the ages “Imagine” – the song about the dream of a better world. In addition, there are large format images of world-famous albums, including the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Beatles, Eagles, ACDC, Queen, Michael Jackson and Prince – each photographed on turntables at that time. Hits from the 1950s and 1960s are also represented in the exhibition.


Mocked by the competition – admired by the world


A separate area is dedicated to the Braun PC3 designed by Wilhelm Wagenfeld in the mid-1950s. Strictly according to the design principle practiced in the Bauhaus environment “form follows function” the turntable is one of the design icons. As an integral part of the Phonosuper SK 4 radio / record player combination, initially mocked as Snow White's coffin, to this day it is a popular collector's item and can even be admired in the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Under the name Vinylography Iconic, Gerd Schaller stages musical catchy tunes on the PC3 70 Years of music history – iconic 7-inch singles from ABBA to Zappa.


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About the International Music Day (IMD)


The IMD was initiated in 1975 by Lord Yehudi Menuhin, former president of the International Music Council (IMC), to encourage:


- the promotion of our musical art among all sections of society


- the application of the UNESCO ideals of peace and friendship between peoples, of the evolution of their cultures, of the exchange of experience and of the mutual appreciation of their aesthetic values


- the promotion of the activities of IMC, its international member organizations and national committees, as well as its programme policy in general.


The International Music Council (IMC), founded in 1949 by UNESCO, is the world’s largest network of organisations and institutions working in music.



    • Gerd Schaller

      Gerd Schaller


      Augsburg / Germany

      Gerd Schaller works as an architecture photographer and communication consultant with his agency team, seated in Augsburg/Germany, nationally and internationally. Through his more than 20 years of collaboration with architects, engineers, designers, manufacturers, real estate companies and publishers, he is very acquainted with the perspectives and requirements of all sides. His work is also on a high quality level in the whole process of digital image treatment and its final presentation. In a)