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Aubrey Powell, photographer and film maker, founded the photo design agency Hipgnosis together with Storm Thorgerson in 1968.
The company was successful for 15 years until 1982. Hipgnosis created some of the most innovative and surreal record covers of the 1960s, 70s and 80s for many of the great rock bands of the time, including Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Paul McCartney, Yes, Genesis, 10cc, Peter Gabriel, Bad Company, Emerson Lake & Palmer, Scorpions, Styx, Syd Barrett and Black Sabbath.
Hipgnosis was nominated five times for the Grammy Awards.
Currently Aubrey Powell is Creative Director Pink Floyd and curator of the show Their Mortal Remains which opened at the V & A in 2017 and is now touring the world. In addition to other creative projects Aubrey Powell cooperated with BROWSE GALLERY Berlin to present a major HIPGNOSIS retrospective "DARING TO DREAM" to the advent of the 50th anniversary of Hipgnosis, at European Month of Photography EMOP Berlin 2018. The exhibition is now touring through Germany and Europe.
Aubrey Powell was born on 23 September 1946 in Sussex. His parents lived abroad for most of his formative years and he attended The Kings School, Ely, Cambridgeshire. After leaving school, he met Storm Thorgerson and members of the then young Pink Floyd at Cambridge and formed a friendship and working relationship that lasted to this day. He and Storm Thorgerson shared an apartment that would be the inspiration for the beginning of Hipgnosis, and in 1968 they conceived their first album cover for Pink Floyd's A Saucerful of Secrets. A studio was acquired on Denmark Street in Soho and by 1982 Hipgnosis had become one of the best-known photo design studios.
Powell, Thorgerson and Peter Christopherson founded Green Back Films in 1982 and shot music videos for many of their existing and new clients, including "Big Log" for Robert Plant, "Wherever I Lay My Hat" for Paul Young, "Owner of A Lonely Heart" for Yes and "Blue Light" for David Gilmour. The trio wrote, produced and staged three feature films: Incident on Channel Q with Al Corley (Sony), Train of Thought with Yumi Matsutoya (Toshiba EMI) and Now Voyager with Sir Michael Hordern and Barry Gibb (Universal). Green Back Films was closed in 1984.
Aubrey Powell founded Aubrey Powell Productions in 1985 together with Peter Christopherson and producer Fiz Oliver, which shot music videos, long form music films and television commercials. Credits include Coca Cola (with Robert Plant), Miller Lite (with Randy Quaid and The Who), Budweiser, Nissan, Pan Am, Grolsch, Bristol & West Bank (with Joan Collins) and Le Jardin de Max Factor (with Jane Seymour).
In 1989, Aubrey Powell was appointed Creative Director of the Paul McCartney World Tour and designed the set, video wall and filmed images. During his tenure, he made the documentary From Rio to Liverpool for Channel 4 and the feature Get Back, which was shot with Richard Lester. For Paul McCartney's New World Tour in 1993, he redesigned the visual production and directed another documentary, Movin' On, and for Fox Network Television, he directed Paul McCartney's Live in the New World concert from Charlotte, North Carolina, winning the CableACE Award and a nomination for the Golden Rose of Montreux.
Since 1994, when he founded Hipgnosis Ltd., Aubrey Powell has directed documentaries, live multi-camera recordings and corporate films.