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In 2015, I hired photographer Óscar Romero to produce an open-access collection of copyleft-licensed, professional recorder pictures. By making this collection freely available to everyone, I intend to help to raise public awareness of the beauty of handmade, finely crafted recorders. Besides, it is an excellent resource of professional recorder photographs at the disposal of “educational websites, news media, bloggers, artists, students, teachers,” and of course recorder players.

Have you used one of these photographs in any of your projects, and wish to support this initiative? Then please consider backing us with a donation of your choosing.





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An initial search of the internet throws up numerous images of plastic, or mass-produced, cheap instruments, while images of historic or professional models need to be sought out. A concerted effort from the recorder community is needed in order to shift perspectives in the opposite direction and to change the public’s perception of our beautiful instrument.”

Laoise O’Brien

Yes, industrial, cheap, mass-produced white plastic recorders are too well represented on the internet. But real, handmade, professional recorders are not. Beautiful recorders is here to try and change that situation — Would you like to help, too? Here’s how: This website is ad-free and took me many hours to get up & running, and quite an investment—professional photographs, website, domain & hosting—to sustain. By making a series of professional pictures of recorders freely available to everyone, this project will help to raise public appreciation of the beauty of handmade, finely crafted recorders. Besides, it provides an open-access collection of copyleft-licensed, quality recorder images that will hopefully be used by “educational websites, news media, bloggers, artists, students, teachers,” and of course recorder players.

If you find any joy and value in this cause or have used one of these photographs in your projects, and wish to support it, please consider supporting us with a donation of your choosing.

  • You are welcome to donate either through Stripe (see button below) or via this PayPal link (or just click the button below). Any amount will help.
  • Or get me a coffee ☕️
  • You can also share RFS with your friends and colleagues—this site has grown entirely by word-of-mouth, so a link on your blog or a mention on Twitter would mean the world to me.

Thank you! —VP.

NB: Donation will be made through our sister project recordersforsale.com’s PayPal account.