Storm Thorgerson – The Loss of an Icon

Storm Elvin Thorgerson was an English graphic designer, best known for his work for rock bands such as Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Scorpions, Genesis, Europe, Dream Theater, The Cranberries, The Mars Volta, Muse and Biffy Clyro.

Absolution – Muse

Thorgerson’s most famous designs were those for Pink Floyd. His design for The Dark Side of the Moon has been called one of the greatest album covers of all time. (Designed by Thorgerson, the cover itself was drawn by Hipgnosis designer George Hardie.)

Dark Side Of The Moon – Pink Floyd

Many of his designs were notable for their surreal elements. He often placed objects out of their traditional contexts, especially with vast spaces around them, to give them an awkward appearance while highlighting their beauty.

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?

– Storm Thorgerson

Thorgerson died on 18 April 2013.