Storm Thorgerson passed away this afternoon, at the age of 69.
He was, as nobody in their right mind could ever dare argue, quite brilliant. A childhood friend of Pink Floyd’s, with Aubrey “Po” Powell as Hipgnosis his genius visions graced the covers of many a Floyd album, their first commission being A Saucerful of Secrets, the most famous being The Dark Side of the Moon. There are so many more besides and not just for Pink Floyd (just take a look at Storm’s website for a portfolio that is far beyond compare): remember with great fondness the Atom Heart Mother cow, the Animals pig, the Wish You Were Here diver, the giant Division Bell heads, the Momentary Lapse of Reason beds – all 700 of them.
These images were and will for ever be as much a part of Pink Floyd as the music or the lyrics, the lights or the lasers, and how we have all spent so many long hours gazing in awe at the record sleeves in our hands or the posters on our walls.
Thank you for your brilliance, Storm. Rest in peace.
We first met in our early teens. We would gather at Sheep’s Green, a spot by the river in Cambridge and Storm would always be there holding forth, making the most noise, bursting with ideas and enthusiasm. Nothing has ever really changed.
He has been a constant force in my life, both at work and in private, a shoulder to cry on and a great friend.
The artworks that he created for Pink Floyd from 1968 to the present day have been an inseparable part of our work.
I will miss him.