Category Archives: Collecting

A collection of short articles on collecting, collectors and their collections.

World record in record collecting – The Archive

Picuture of Title, The Archive, against a shelf of recordsThis is a wonderful short film made by American filmmaker Sean Dunne about 4 years ago.

The film called ‘The Archive’  tells the story of legally blind record collector, Paul Mawhinney from Pittsburgh, PA, who has been collecting records for over 40 years. He has now accumulated what must be a world record in record collecting, apologies for the obvious pun there, but his collection now boasts an incredible 1 million albums and over 1.5 million singles.

He is now retiring and is in the process of selling his archive.

 

 

 

Mawhinney was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA. Over the years he has amassed what is believed to be the world’s largest record collection. Due to health issues and a struggling record industry he is now being forced to sell his collection.

This is the story of a man and his records, beautifully told by a talented filmmaker. Hope you enjoy it.

 

 

Anthony Vizzari – A tale of cameras, booths and bodies.

Cameraman Philip Bloom has worn many hats through-out his career, amongst them photographer, blogger, entrepreneur, educator, writer, marketeer.  Apologies if I have missed any. It is through his wonderful talents as a film-maker however that he has risen to prominence outside of his industry.

He has made many fine short films over the past number of years, many of which can be seen on his site philipbloom.net, or on his Vimeo page. One of my favourites is his short documentary about the camera shop owner and collector Anthony Vizzari.

Vizzari sells antique photographic equipment, cameras etc. but also collects old antique Photo-Booths. The short documentary film below by Bloom, tells Vizzari’s story and also delves deeper into another interesting but macabre subject that Vizzari has been collecting for years. (Warning some of the images can be a bit disturbing)

 

Booths & Bodies: The life and work of Anthony Vizzari from Philip Bloom on Vimeo.