You could say Storm caught a few breaks in his career. He was lucky enough to know one of the most famous rock acts of the 20th century, as of which opened doors to success and fame that few designers ever achieve. However, despite the fame, he is still a revered designer.
What exactly did Storm do to stand out from the pack? He wasn’t just a guy who knew people; he was a man with innovative ideas and the tenacity to fully realize his goals. In this book I intend to shed light on Storm Thorgerson, world-famous album designer.
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What really struck a chord (ha ha) with me is how terribly interesting his work is. He often designs and organizes the most mundane objects or events in a composition that gives off a very surrealistic vibe.
“Alternatively it might be the case that an every day observation, some small ordinary event, which when isolated, framed in the camera and re-presented to the viewer, can take on a different and worthwhile quality.”
Take a look at Asha’s 1979 album cover Correlations. In its simplest terms, the cover is of a woman bending down to drink from a water fountain. However, the approach to photography, the decision to use a woman, the paleness of her skin, and the shape of the water as it rises toward her ever-widening mouth is all carefully considered and brings more meaning than...
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Pink Floyd's crowning achievement, The Dark Side of the Moon, exemplifies thoughtfulness as well. It is crucial for the album designer to accurately translate the music into a visual medium. The music contained in this album called for a high level of thought. The album consists of big themes that constantly pester humanity: money, greed, religion, power, time, death, sanity and ambition. Storm and Hipgnosis associate George Hardie successfully translates these themes into one of the most iconic album covers in rock n roll: the prism and the refracting light.
"The refracting glass prism referred to Floyd light shows - consummate use of light in the concert setting. Its outline is triangular and triangles are symbols of ambition, and are redolent of pyramids, both cosmic and mad in equal measure, all these ideas touching on themes in the lyrics."
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