Hipgnosis

 

 
Storm Thorgerson

Storm Thorgerson (links) studierte an der  Leicester University und am Royal College of Art. Zusammen mit Aubrey Powell gründete er 1968 die Design-Schmiede "Hipgnosis" und sie entwarfen unter anderem jede Menge Album-Cover. 1983 wurde "Green Back Films" gegründet und die beiden waren, zusammen mit Peter Christopherson, sehr erfolgreich bei ihren Regiearbeiten für die Filme von Pink Floyd Konzerten.

Storm Thorgerson (left) studied at Leicester University and at the Royal College of Art. 1968 he founded (together with Aubrey Powell) "Hipgnosis" and they did a lot of PinkFloyd-Covers. In 1983 "Green Back Films" was born and together with Peter Christopherson they did the directing of concertfilms.

Aubrey Powell

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A Momentary Lapse of Reason – Pink Floyd – 1987 The inspiration for this photograph was from the song ‘Yet Another Movie’ which had as part of its lyrics ’A vision of an empty bed’.  Inspired, Storm had the idea of arranging seven-hundred Victorian hospital beds in a slight curve stretching away from the camera like a ‘river bed’.  These were envisaged as beds that mad people, ill people or even dreamers may occupy.  After setting up the installation (or ‘exstallation’ as we like to term it), it began to rain, turning  grey and producing limited visibility.  Storm and his team had to pull the photo-shoot, pack up shop and return two weeks later (after carefully assessing the weather) to take the photograph you see now.

‘What you get is what you see:  700 wrought iron beds all individually made up and each weighing several tons, or so it seemed by the end of the day.  The photograph …is a 35mm colour transparency taken when the tide was on the turn and came rushing back, flooding all the beds in the blink of an eye.  Wet dream, or what.” -- Storm Thorgerson, “Mind of Matter”, Published by Sanctuary Publishing Limited, Third Edition, 2003.


Wish You Were There  – Pink Floyd (Single) – 1995 The inspiration for the artwork for this US single stemmed directly from the words of the lyrics, which referred to two lost souls swimming in a fish bowl.  The photograph is of a couple looking through two separate fish bowls. Although they are side by side they are apart, swimming alone in their individual bowls. Their faces are distorted to expose grim and severe dispositions.  This image is a man-made creation (without any use of computer effects). The best description of this piece comes directly from Storm. 

“A dour couple, their faces trapped in a world of their own, confined within the fish bowls, intense and distorted in their separateness.  No retouching here, no clever tricks, not pretence.  Like the words of the song.”  -- Storm Thorgerson, “Mind of Matter”, Published by Sanctuary Publishing Limited, Third Edition, 2003.


Dark Side of the Moon – 30th Anniversary – Pink Floyd – 2003 We simply couldn’t bring ourselves to hold an exhibition of Storm’s work without including a version of the famous prism from Dark Side of the Moon.  Arguably, The Dark Side of the Moon cover is Storm Thorgerson’s most recognisable album artwork.  The 30th Anniversary edition (shown here) captures the constellation of the 3 elements that the original cover in 1973 contained -- madness, lost opportunity and megalomania.  As an album, Dark Side of the Moon spent the longest time in the charts by far, fourteen years in Billboard’s Top 200, and selling over thirty million copies.

“When the super audio CD (SACD) of Dark Side of the Moon was made, we felt it was appropriate to redo the original cover in a sympathetic fashion in as much as the sound was remixed in 5.1 surround sound in exquisite quality and definition.  As pure a rendition as you could get so we wished to re-express the design its purist fashion.  What better than the medium of glass to express an idea about glass and light via a prism.  So we made a stain glass window specifically constructed to the proportions of the original design in 1973 and photographed it, backlit by the autumn sun.  The imperfections inherent in stain glass were brought out as well as the suspended colours that stain glass provides.  A thing of beauty … or so I thought.” – Storm Thorgerson, private interview, 2004.


The Division Bell – Pink Floyd – 1994 The Division Bell was the first new Pink Floyd album since Momentary Lapse in 1987.  A major theme of the album was of contradiction in communication – the distinct presence of it and lack of it.  Storm’s aim was to create an image that expressed these directly conflicting views.  After thrashing around a number of ideas, the Division Bell was born.  One will see two heads looking at each other while another will see a single head face-on.  This clever illusion is contradictory.  Both visualisations are rarely  seen simultaneously.  The beauty of this image is that everything you see in the photograph is real – the metal heads, cathedral, skyline and landscape … all are real (and without computer manipulation), especially the sculptures made as high as a house.

 “Contradictory communication.  For example, there are bells to alarm as in clock, and bells to celebrate, as in church.  There are bells to summon, as in school meals, and bells to warn, as in bicycle.  The Division Bell itself is rung to bring Members of Parliament together so that they can be not together, ie divide when voting.  More contradictions.” -- Storm Thorgerson, “Mind of Matter”, Published by Sanctuary Publishing Limited, Third Edition, 2003.


 

 


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Things Hipgnosis did: 
AL STEWART Modern Times # Past, Present And Future # Year Of The Cat # Time Passages
ALAN BOWN Stretcging Out
ALAN PARSONS The Time Machine # Try Anything One # On Air
THE ALAN PARSONS PROJECT I Robot # Tales Os Mystery And Imagination # Edgar Allan Poe # Pyramid # Eve # Eye In The Sky # Ammonia Avenue
ALBERTO Y LOST TRIOS PARANOIAS Alberto Y Lost Trios Paranoias
ALLAN CLARKE Headroom
ALMIGHTY Do You Understand
ANTHRAX Stomp 442
ARGENT Ring Of Hands # In Deep
ASH RA Correlations
AUDIENCE Lunch # You Can't Beat 'Em # The House On The Hill
AYNSLEY DUNBAR RETALIATION To Mum From Aynsley And The Boys # Doctor Dunbar's # Remains To Be Heard
BAD COMPANY Bad Company  # Straight Shooter # Desolation Angels # Rough Diamonds
BE BOP DELUXE Drastic Plastic
BETHNAL Crash Landing
BIRTH CONTROL Birth Control # Increase
BLACK SABBATH Never Say Die! # Technical Ecstasy
BLINKER THE STAR August Everywhere
BLUE MINK A Time Of Change # Fruity
BOB SARGEANT First Starring Roll
BRAND X Moroccan Roll # Unorthodox Behaviour # Livestock # Product # Do They Hurt?
BUNK DOGGER First Offence
CAPBILITY BROWN Voice
CARAVAN Cunning Stunts
CATHERINE WHEEL Like Cats And Dogs # Adam And Eve # Happy Days # Chrome # Wishville
CLIMAX CHICAGO Tightly Knit
COCHISE Cochise
THE CORTINAS Defiant Pose (sg)
THE CRANBERRIES Bury The Hatchet
THE CREATION 66-'67
CYRIL Mind Wave
DADDY LONGLEGS Oakdown Farm
DAVE EDMUNDS Subtle As A Flying Mallet
DAVID ELLIOTT David Elliott
DAVID GILMOUR David Gilmour
DAYLIGHT Daylight
DEF LEPPARD High 'n' Dry
DIRTY TRICKS Night Man
DREAM THEATER Falling Into Infinity # Once In Livetime
EAST OF EDEN New Leaf # East Of Eden
EDDIE HOWELL The Eddie Howell Gramophone
EDGAR BROUGHTON BAND Edgar Broughton Band # In Side Out
ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA Electric Light Orchestra # ELO2
EMERSON LAKE & PALMER Trilogy
FABULOUS POODLED Mirrror Stars
FLASH Out Of Our Hands # Flash # Flash In The Can
FREE CREEK Music From Free Creek
FUMBLE Fumble # Poetry In Lotion
GARY SHERSTON Dingo
GENESIS A Trick Of The Taile # The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway
GLENCOE Glencoe
GODLEY & CREAM Freeze Frame
GOLDEN EARRING To The Hilt
GRAVY TRAIN Gravy Train
THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH The Going's Easy # Horizons
GUN Gunsight
HAWKWIND Quark Strangeness And Charm
HEAVY METAL KIDS Kitsch
HERMAN RAREBELL Nip In The Bud
HOWARD WERTH
& THE MOONBEAMS
King Brilliant
HUMBLE PIE Thunderbox
HYDRA Land Of Money
IAN DURY AND THE BLOOKHEADS Mr. Love Pants
JACKSON HEIGHTS King Progress
JOHN MILES Stranger In The City # Zaragon
JUDIE TZUKE Welcome To The Cruise
KANSAS In The Sprit Of Things
LED ZEPPELIN The Song Remains The Same # Houses Of The Holy # Presence # Coda # In Through The Out Door
LOVE SCULPTURE Blues Helping
MARK SHTON Solo
MARVIN, WELCH & FARRAR Marvin, Welch & Farrar # Second Opinion
MATTHEW ELLIS Matthew Ellis
MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP The Michael Schenker Group
MIKE ORLFIELD Earthmoving
MIKE RUTHERFORD Smallcreep's Day
MINNESODA Minnesoda
MONTROSE Jump On It
NEIL ARDLEY Harmony Of The Spheres
THE NICE Five Bridges # Autumn 67-Spring 68 # Elegy
NO DICE No Dice
OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN Olvia
ORANGE BICYCLE Orange Bicycle Band
PANAMA LIMITED Indian Summer
PANAMA LIMITED JUG BAND Panama Limited Jug Bad
PAUL McCARTNEY Tug Of War # Take It Away (12inch)
PETER BANKS Peter Banks
PETER FRAMPTON Somethin' Happening
PETER GABRIEL Peter Gabriel # Peter Gabriel 2 # Peter Gabriel 3 # No Self Control (sg)
PHISH Slip Stitch And Pass
PINK FLOYD A Saucerful Of Secrets # More # Ummagumma # Obscured By Clouds # Atom Heart Mother # Relics # The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn (box) # Meddle # The Dark Side Of The Moon # Animals # Wish You Were Here # P.U.L.S.E (box) # A Nice Pair # A Momentary Lapse Of Reason # Delicate Sound Of Thunder # The Division Bell # Is There Anybody Out There? # Shine On # On The Turning Away # One Slips # High Hopes/Keep Talking # Take It Back # Wish You Were Here
PRETTY THINGS Parachute # Slik Torpedo # Savage Eye # S.F. Sorrow
PRINCIPAL EDWARDS MAGIC The Asmoto Running Band
PUBLIC FOOT THE ROMAN Public Foot The Roman
QUATERMASS Quatermass
QUIVER Quiver
RAINBOW Difficult To Cure # The Best Of Rainbow
RENAISSANCE Turn Of The Cards # Ashes Are Burning # Prologue # Scheherazade And Other Stories # A Song For All Seasons
RICHARD WRIGHT Wet Dream
RICK WRIGHT Broken China
RIFF RAFF Vinyl Futures
ROGER COOK Meanwhite Back At The World # Minstrel In Flight
ROY HARPER Flashes From The Archives Of Oblivion # HQ # Bullinamingvase
SAD CAFE Misplaced Ideals
SAMMY HAGER Sammy Hager # Musical Chairs
SASSAFRAS Wheeli' n'' Dealin'
SCORPIONS Love Drive # Animal Magnetism
SHARKS Jab It In Your Eye
SOLUTION Cordon Bleu
SOUTHERN COMFORT Southern Comfort
STACKRIDGE Stackridge
STATUS QUO Live
STEVE HARLEY AND  COCKNEY REBEL Face To Face
STEVE HILLAGE Live Herald
STRAWBS Deadlines
STRIFE Rush
STRING DRIVEN THING Keep Yer' And On It # Please Mind Your Head # String Driven Thing # The Machine That Cried
STYX Pieces Of Eight
SYD BARRETT The Madcap Laught # The Madcap Laught And Barrett
10CC Deceptive Bends # Bloody Tourists # The Original Soundtrack # Sheet Music # Mirror Mirror # How Dare You! # Greatest Hits 1972-1978
TODD RUNDGREN Back To The Bars
TOE FAT Toe Fat # Toe Fat Two
TREES On The Shore
T-REX Electric Warrior
UFO Phenomenon # Obsessions # No Heavy Petting # Force It # Strangers In The Night
UK Danger Money
UNICORN Too Many Crooks # Blue Pine Trees
UNO Uno
VOTAGER Halfway Hotel # Act Of Love
WEEN The Mollusk
WILLIAM LYALL Solo Casting
WINGS Venus And Mars # Wings Over America
THE WINKIES The Winkies
WISHBONE ASH Pilgrimage # Argus # New England # No Smoke Without Fire # Whisbone Four # Front Page News # There's The Rub # Classic Ash
XTC Go 2
YES Going For The One # Tormato
YOUNG AND MOODY Young And Moody
YUMI MATSUTOYA Voyager # Sakuban oai shimasyou
VARIOUS ARTISTS Picnic -A Breath Of Fresh Air