Storm Thorgerson

    Attributes

    • Male
    • Digital artist

    About the artist

    1973: Designed The Dark Side of the Moon´s cover
    2013: Died at the age of 69

    Storm Thorgerson was an English graphic designer, best known for his work for rock bands such as Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Scorpions, Genesis, Europe, Dream Theater, The Cranberries, The Mars Volta, Muse and Biffy Clyro.

    Storm went to Cambridgeshire High School for Boys and met Pink Floyd founders Syd Barrett, who was in the year below him and Roger Waters, who was in the year above him. Storm and Roger would play rugby together at school, whilst Storm's mother Vanji and Roger's mother Mary were close friends.

    He was a teenage friend of Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour and best man at Gilmour's 1994 wedding to Polly Samson.

    He became a key member of the graphic art group Hipgnosis, and designed many of their most famous single and album covers. In 1987, following the dissolution of Hipgnosis in 1983, Thorgerson formed his own design studio called Storm Studios - a loose group of freelancers. The line up included Rupert Truman (photographer), Peter Curzon (designer), Finlay Cowan (designer and illustrator), Daniel Abbott (designer and artist), Lee Baker (designer, retoucher and artist), Jerry Sweet (designer) along with Storm's personal assistant, Laura Truman (prints) and Charlie Barnes.

    Perhaps Thorgerson's most famous designs are those for Pink Floyd. His design for The Dark Side of the Moon has been called one of the greatest album covers of all time. (Designed by Thorgerson, the cover itself was drawn by Hipgnosis designer George Hardie.) 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?"

    Several books have been devoted to surveying Thorgerson's work which spans more than four decades.

    In 2003, Thorgerson suffered a stroke, from which he recovered. He was later diagnosed with an undisclosed form of cancer, which he battled for several years, but which eventually led to his death at the age of 69. After Thorgerson's death, David Gilmour released a statement describing him as "a constant force in my life, both at work and in private, a shoulder to cry on, and a great friend”.

    Following his death, a post on the official Pink Floyd website called him a "graphic genius".

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