Storm Thorgerson was like the member of Pink Floyd you didn’t hear.
He was the artist who designed the album covers, including the iconic prism on “The Dark Side Of The Moon.”
He died April 18 at age 70 of cancer.
Pink Floyd singer-guitarist Dave Gilmour issued the following statement on his website:
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.
Thorgerson, who was part of design team Hipgnosis from 1968 to 1983, added a wonderfully surreal quality to the music world that made the listening experience that much more enjoyable.
In addition to the Floyd covers, like the cow on “Atom Heart Mother” and the burning businessman on “Wish You Were Here,” he also designed covers for Led Zeppelin (“Presence,” “In Through the Out Door”), Peter Gabriel (first three solo albums), The Catherine Wheel, The Cranberries, Mars Volta, Muse and many more.
He said of work: "I like to mess with reality...to bend reality. Some of my works beg the question of is it real or not? I use real elements in unreal ways. Is the man really on fire? Why would he just be standing there? Who put the beds on the beach? Why? Why is there a cow on the cover? It doesn’t have anything to do with the album, or does it? A boxer dog in designer boxer shorts on a beach."
A statement on Pink Floyd.com said: “We are saddened by the news that long-time Pink Floyd graphic genius, friend and collaborator, Storm Thorgerson, has died. Our thoughts are with his family and many friends.”