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Storm Thorgerson

Artist Biography

Storm Thorgerson (1944 - 2013) was born in Dartford, Kent in 1944 and went to school with Roger Waters and Syd Barrett. He studied English and philosophy at university before going to complete an MA in Film and Television at the Royal College of Art. 

His career began accidentally; around the time of his graduation from the Royal College, his friends Pink Floyd were completing their second album A Saucerful of Secrets. The band were let down by the original designer so with no background in art or graphic design Thorgerson volunteered to step into the fold. He would go on to design some of the most famous album coversin history, and many of his classic album covers have become masterpieces in their own right. 

In 1968 Thorgeson set up Hipgnosis with Aubrey Powell, specialising in creative photography for album covers. Many of their designs were created before the avdent of advanced computer design software, using mainly photography, paint and sculpture. 

"Since I cannot draw for toffee, I work with photography. But just because I can't draw, it doesn't mean I can't take the flight of the imagination. I like photography because it is a reality medium, unlike drawing which is unreal. I like to  mess with reality. Some of my work asks the question: is it real or not?"

Thorgeson's surrelist work raised the bar for album cover designs and worked with Led Zeppelin, Peter Gabriel, Black Sabbath, Ian Dury and The Blockheads, Muse, 10cc, Syd Barrett, Offspring and The Cranberries amonst others. 

From 1983 Thorgeson directed numerous rock videos. In 1994he directed six short films for Pink Floyd, which were screened at concerts during their world tour. Storm studios continues to design album covers and direct the occasional film along with writing and designing several books.