TF I am loving this thread. Hipgnosis design group created some of the most innovative and surreal cover art of the 1960s, 70s, and early 80s for the biggest names of the era―Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Wings, Yes, Genesis, 10cc, Peter Gabriel, Bad Company, Syd Barrett, and Black Sabbath, to name just a few. The sublime prism cover for Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon continues to be one of the most pervasive images in all popular culture. Hipgnosis’s highly conceptual approach and graphic appeal earned them five Grammy nominations for cover design, and they profoundly influenced not only the history of music, but also all other creative fields from advertising to fashion. I always loved the Album cover photos on 10cc How Dare You Album which they created,
Storm Thorgerson, was the main man behind the album cover design
The characters in the split of Two photo’s on the cover involved a couple that appear in both shots. On the bottom split of the cover they appear , in the desk photo of a smooth businessman sitting at a desk talking on the phone. On the top photo there is a photo of blonde lady where we see them getting out of the car. Apparently the sad blonde lady in the foreground is a gin soaked housewife, wasting away in rich suburbia, whilst her smooth businessman husband works too hard and consequently neglects her. Helen Keating was hired to be the housewife in the photo dressed in a housecoat gripping a phone in gin-soaked misery while talking on the phone. In an interview she said “ I just had to pose with lots of fake tears, like someone had just had a go at me over the phone.” In my opinion it was a very clever piece of photography and to get the people to pose perfectly in the right setting was genius. Hipgnosis broke up in the beginning of the ´80s. Storm Thorgerson it founder died back in 2013
Hipgnosis was an English art design group based in London that specialised in creating cover art for the albums of rock musicians and bands. Notable commissions included work for Pink Floyd, T. Rex, the Pretty Things, Black Sabbath, UFO, 10cc, Bad Company, Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, Scorpions, Yes, The Nice, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Def Leppard, Paul McCartney & Wings, the Alan Parsons Project, Genesis, Peter Gabriel, Electric Light Orchestra, the Police, Rainbow, Styx, Pezband, XTC and Al Stewart.
Hipgnosis consisted primarily of Cambridge natives Storm Thorgerson and Aubrey Powell, and later Peter Christopherson. The group dissolved in 1983, though Thorgerson worked on album designs until his death on 18 April 2013, and Powell works in film and video, most notably with Paul McCartney, The Who, and Monty Python's Flying Circus, and is the creative director for both Pink Floyd and its member David Gilmour.
Storm Elvin Thorgerson (28 February 1944 – 18 April 2013) was an English Graphic and music video director. He created work for artists including Pink Floyd. Led Zeppelin.Phish, Black Sabbath,Peer Gabreil, The Alan ParsonProject,Genesis, Yes, Muse and Ween. I would post a picture of the 10cc How Dare You album cover but unfortunately I dont know how to do that.