Other imagery included is Hipgnosis’ later work for the band, including their designs for the Division Bell album—the two divided steel heads—and the imagery for the A Momentary Lapse of Reason tour and album.
Noting the achievements of Hipgnosis the exhibition says, “Alongside storytelling, quirky humor, Surrealism and visual puns feature frequently in Hipgnosis’ designs. Their photographic-based works were often captured on the square format Hasselblad camera, which perfectly fitted the 12-inch vinyl cover and gatefold sleeves. In an era long before Photoshop Hipgnosis created stunningly surreal effects, using multiple exposures, airbrushing, cut and paste techniques, and often images ‘staged’ for real. They instigated a radical departure from traditional band portrait covers.”
"Many people agree that Storm Thorgerson is the best album designer in the world. Look at the evidence. By which I mean look at your collection of LPs." Douglas Adams from ’Eye of the Storm’ 2000.
Sadly Storm Thorgerson died in 2013, but it’s satisfying to know he worked with the band up until his death. And his legacy lives on not just in his work, but Hipgnosis too continues as a design studio to this day, headed up by Powell who was integral in shaping the layout and design of the exhibition.
Photographer and founder of Rockarchive Jill Furmanovsky was in conversation with the late Storm Thorgerson and produced a wonderful informal video of the event.
Rockarchive is delighted to be able to offer many of these iconic images as limited edition photographic prints which you can buy here. There are many more Storm Thorgerson images relating to Pink Floyd and his other iconic album art available here.