Storm Thorgerson

Storm Thorgerson was born in Potters Bar, which was in Middlesex at the time and is now in Hertfordshire. He was a key member of the British graphic art group Hipgnosis, and designed many of their most famous single and album covers. Latterly, he runs a design studio called StormStudios – a loose group of freelancers.

Perhaps Thorgerson’s most famous designs are those for Pink Floyd.[1] His design for The Dark Side of the Moon has been called one of the greatest album covers of all time.[2] Many of his designs are notable for their surreal elements. He often places objects out of their traditional contexts, especially with vast spaces around them, to give them an awkward appearance while highlighting their beauty. To quote Thorgerson, “I like photography because it is a reality medium, unlike drawing which is unreal. I like to mess with reality…to bend reality. Some of my works beg the question of is it real or not?”[3]

Several books have been devoted to surveying Thorgerson’s work which spans greater than three decades.

Pink Floyd vinyl cube

Syd Barrett City Wakes festival 

Shpongle staircase

Deluxe back catalogue

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Peculiar are the workings of circumstance to engender a meeting twixt hollywood child star, one Corey Feldman (Stand By Me, the Lost Boys) and our good selves, and yet it came to pass. He asked us to design a cover for his album, HIS ALBUM? Much to our surprise he seemed quite a reasonable bloke despite living in Lala and his album, clearly a homage to Floyd, not at all bad. I’m sorry (Corey) to sound condescending but ‘film star makes album’ initially reads like a disaster but no, not the case folks – ‘technology analogy’ concerned the future role of technology in human evolution… good or bad? Useful or destructive? Would technology take over? Was it avoidable? And was a theme that spawned a bunch of ideas including robots who longed to be humans, robots who could plug themselves in, and the robot hand proffering the apple, the insidious apple of progress (technology). The apple motif was continued with the bad apple, rotten to the core, forming an illusion of two profile heads, a variation of the Division Bell heads for Floyd… well the album is a respectful homage to Floyd, which was I suppose why he sought us in the first instance, not so peculiar circumstance after all.

~ by barisyilmaz on 12/13/2009.

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