Photos courtesy of the artist. Later, like so many others, I remember being particularly struck by the album art of The Dark Side of the Moon —the simplicity, the clean lines, those colors. On November 10, Pink Floyd will release their first album in 20 years. The graphic artist behind all of the band's previous covers, Storm Thorgerson, passed away last year, so the band was forced to look elsewhere. His digital renderings display a sort of childlike, fantastic quality mixed with an unexpected darkness.
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A new book, Vinyl. Everything had to be shot on film and done by hand. And average artwork could take three to six weeks, whereas you could do some of these album covers in an afternoon now. It was amazing.
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Graphic artist who designed the album covers was Storm Thorgerson. From Good Friday to Easter Monday the exhibition is open from 9am-9pm. Image shows the six albums of Pink Floyd on the back of six models.
Storm Thorgerson could be inscrutable, grand and archly funny — all qualities that placed him some distance from the music industry's standard mixture of flimsy bonhomie and superficiality. Rather than serving either commercial considerations or following the whims of musicians, the work he accomplished as a sleeve designer betrayed a fierce independence, and an obvious belief in art for art's sake. My favourite photo of Thorgerson was taken in , and shows him deep in conversation with David Gilmour and Roger Waters while on tour with Pink Floyd, the group for whom — in partnership with Aubrey "Po" Powell - he came up with his most iconic designs. The foreground is cluttered with glasses and bottles; it would be nice to think that the three of them are discussing Thorgerson's latest neo-surrealist concept.