Storm Thorgerson – graphic designer, film maker & tennis fiend.
Storm Thorgerson is one of the most prolific graphic designers in music history, designing numerous album covers for many bands, some of which are considered the most iconic images in rock and roll.
Storm and fellow designer Audrey Powell founded Hipgnosis (a blend of the words “Hip” and “Gnosis” (wisdom)) in 1968, their first commission being Pink Floyd’s second album (A Saucerful of Secrets). EMI was so impressed that they went on to do many album covers for the label. Soon they were working for other artists on other labels as well; by the time that Hipgnosis ended in 1982, they had created covers Pink Floyd, Genesis, Black Sabbath, Yes, ELO, AC/DC and many other artists.
Following the end of Hipgnosis, Storm went solo, where he has continued working with a number of the artists he had previously worked with, as well as many others, continuing to the present day, from Muse to The Mars Volta.
Storm’s design technique has, from his first work, been distinctive for his use of creative photography and surreal imagery. In his own website, Storm admits to the strong influence of Rene Magritte, the French surrealist painter. Storm’s creative ideas have often been a photographic representation of Magritte’s style of themes; which are artfully crafted from clever, well-planned photography, multiple exposures, airbrushing and cutting and pasting (long preceding Photoshop). Storm often uses visual puns based on the music or lyrics of the artist he is working for as the basis of the work he creates.
Storm Thorgerson’s imagery is firmly embedded in the psyche of almost every rock and roll fan.