Hipgnosis

British design studio Hipgnosis was founded in London in 1968 by two photo artists, Aubrey Powell and Storm Thorgerson.

Hipgnosis created some of the most innovative and surreal record cover art of the 1960s, 70s and 80s for many of the big name rock bands of the era including Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Paul McCartney, Yes, Genesis, 10cc, Peter Gabriel, Bad Company, Emerson Lake & Palmer, Scorpions, Styx, Syd Barrett and Black Sabbath. Hipgnosis were nominated five times for Grammy Awards.

I like their use of bold, saturated colours and considered compositions. The subjects, their stances and split second outtakes reminds me of the idea of the uncanny. I want to use Photoshop and post production techniques to my advantage to duplicate subjects and manipulate the colours.

Album cover for Wish you were here pink floyd
Pink Floyd’s 1975 album cover for Wish You Were Here.
faceless man
The back cover of the 1975 Pink Floyd classic, Wish You Were Here, an album which relentlessly critiques the music industry. It features a variation on the burning salesman featured on the front cover, depicting a faceless agent selling Pink Floyd products in the desert.
red veil shot represented air within the inner sleeve of wish you were here by pink floyd
The red veil shot represented air within the inner sleeve. © Hipgnosis/Aubrey Powell/Harvest Records/Columbia Record
wish you were
The square format version of the ‘splashless diver’ shot by Powell. Lake Mono, California
Pink Floyd, Atom Heart Mother. 1970. Design Hipgnosis – Aubrey Powell / Storm Thorgerson. Foto Storm Thorgerson. © Pink Floyd Music Ltd
Pink Floyd, Atom Heart Mother. 1970. Design Hipgnosis – Aubrey Powell / Storm Thorgerson. Foto Storm Thorgerson. © Pink Floyd Music Ltd
The Creation, ‘66-‘67
Def Leppard’s second album High and Dry
Ian Dury, Reasons to be Cheerful
The Police, “De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da” single
Hot Chocolate, Every 1’s a Winner
Yumi Matsutoya, Voyager
The Nice, ‘Elegy’ (1971)
Genesis, ‘The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway’ (1974)
AC/DC, ‘Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap’ (1976)

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