This project started 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.
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 a website called Dust & Grooves.
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 with a physical book that profiles over 130 vinyl collectors, along with photographic essays and in-depth interviews. These are just 10 of the compelling portraits he shot.