Storm Thorgerson's cover artwork

Pink Floyd-A Momentary Lapse of Reason (1987)

Storm Thorgerson (28 February 1944-18 April 2013) was an English graphic designer, best known for his work for rock artists such as Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Peter Gabriel, Genesis, Dream TheaterThe Mars Volta, Alan Parsons and Muse. Thorgerson studied English and Philosophy at the University of Leicester, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree with Honours, before studying Film and Television at the Royal College of Art, where he graduated with a Master of Arts degree. In 1968 along with Aubrey Powell he founded the graphic art group Hipgnosis, and between them they designed many famous single and album covers, with Peter Christopherson joining them for their later commissions. For Thorgerson's work with Hipgnosis, see Cover artwork by Hipgnosis. In 1983, following the dissolution of Hipgnosis, Thorgerson and Powell formed Green Back Films, producing music videos. In the early 90's Thorgerson, along with Peter Curzon, inaugurated StormStudios, a loose group of freelancers. The line up includes Rupert Truman (photographer), Finlay Cowan (designer and illustrator), Daniel Abbott (designer and artist), Lee Baker (designer, retoucher and artist), Jerry Sweet (designer) along with Thorgerson's personal assistant, Laura Truman (prints) and Charlie Barnes, and continues, as Thorgerson wished.

Alan Parsons-Try Anything Once (1993)

Perhaps Thorgerson's most famous designs are those for Pink Floyd. He attended the same school with Pink Floyd founders Syd Barrett, who was in the year below him, and Roger Waters, who was in the year above him and he was a teenage friend of Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour. His design for The Dark Side of the Moon has been called one of the greatest album covers of all time. Designed by Thorgerson and Hipgnosis, the artwork for the cover itself was drawn by George Hardie, a designer at NTA Studios. 

Pink Floyd-The Dark Side of the Moon (1973)

Pink Floyd-Delicate Sound of Thunder (1988)

Pink Floyd-Echoes The Best of Pink Floyd (2001) cover

Pink Floyd-Echoes The Best of Pink Floyd (2001) alternative cover

Pink Floyd-Oh, by the Way (2007)

Many of Storm Thorgerson's designs are notable for their surreal elements. He often places objects out of their traditional contexts, especially with vast spaces around them, to give them an awkward appearance while highlighting their beauty. To quote Thorgerson, "I like photography because it is a reality medium, unlike drawing which is unreal. I like to mess with reality... to bend reality. Some of my works beg the question of is it real or not?"

Alan Parsons-On Air (1996)

The Mars Volta-De-Loused in the Comatorium (2003) front cover

The Mars Volta-De-Loused in the Comatorium (2003) back cover

Muse-Butterflies and Hurricanes (2004)

The Mars Volta-Frances the Mute (2005)

Muse-Black Holes and Revelations (2006)

On 18 April 2013 at the age of 69, Storm Thorgerson died of cancer. Several books have been devoted to surveying Thorgerson's work which spans more than four decades.

Pink Floyd's High Hopes-Storm Thorgerson's music video (1994)