In Memory of Storm Elvin Thorgerson (1944-2013)

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Left: Pink Floyd’s “The Dark Side of the Moon”, 2003
Right: Pink Floyd’s “Piper at the Gates of Dawn”, 2007

Storm Thorgerson’s (February 28, 1944 – April 18, 2013) design for Pink Floyd’s “The Dark Side of the Moon”, shown above, has been called one of the greatest album covers of all time. Designed by Thorgerson and his company, Hipgnosis, the artwork for the cover itself was drawn by George Hardie, a designer at NTA Studios. Many of 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.

Thorgerson is survived by his wife, Barbie Antonis; her children, Adam and Georgia; his son Bill, from his earlier relationship with Libby January; and his mother, Vanji.

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Author: Kayla Harris for Graphis

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