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If one designer has tried to elevate the album cover to the status of art, it’s Storm Thorgerson. For 35 years, he has created iconic sleeves and music videos for such seminal acts as Pink Floyd. His photographs are hallucinatory, Magritte-like dreamscapes that toy mercilessly with reality. But for a readership that is now so au fait with simulated fantasy, it’s his lack of digital trickery that makes us stare. We wonder how on earth he did it – and most often, the answer is simple: he did it for real. Whether it’s manually mutilating a Polaroid of Peter Gabriel or staging sculptural ‘exstallations’ in barren landscapes, these images form a rare lesson in method art – with no cheating allowed.

Holly Kyte
Taken by Storm Thorgerson, Omnibus Press.


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