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Storm Thorgerson was best known for the inspired and surreal designs that graced over four decades of Pink Floyd album covers and visuals. His output reached far beyond his work for the Floyd and his influence lives on in subsequent generations of designers, photographers, filmmakers and artists.
In 1968 Storm co-founded the album cover design company Hipgnosis with Aubrey 'Po' Powell and conceived their first album cover for Pink Floyd’s A Saucerful of Secrets. Hipgnosis created some of the most innovative and iconic record cover art of the 1960s, 70s and 80s for the biggest bands and musicians of the era including Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, 10cc and Peter Gabriel.
Born in Potters Bar in 1944, he attended school in Cambridge with Pink Floyd founders Syd Barrett and Roger Waters. He studied English at Leicester University, and film and TV at The Royal College of Art.
For fifteen years Hipgnosis thrived as one of the best known photo design companies and latterly movie makers, creating timeless rock iconography.
After the break-up of Hipgnosis in 1982 Storm continued working from his studio in North London where he and his team made ‘the art of the album’ their mantra, creating covers for a new roll call of musicians including Biffy Clyro, Muse, Steve Miller and Mars Volta, as well as carrying on his close relationship with Pink Floyd.
Storm wrote (and often co-wrote with his former partner Po) a number of books including several on his master subject, album cover art and directed numerous videos, commercials and TV documentaries.
Storm Thorgerson`s Exhibition! John Martin Gallery in Chelsea and on Tour 2005
“Mind Over Matter / The Images of Pink Floyd” An Exhibition of Photographs By Storm Thorgerson
(Hipgnosis and StormStudios), Elms Lesters Painting Rooms, London
Storm Thorgerson: Right but wrong, Album Art of StormStudios and Hipgnosis, Idea Generation Gallery, London
Storm Thorgerson: Big & Small Exhibition, London
Taken by Storm - The Album Cover Art by Storm Thorgerson, Opus Gallery, Newcastle
Pink Floyd Exhibition "Their Mortal Remains" celebrates their Sound, Visuals and the Influence of Storm Thorgerson, V&A Museum, London