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Trivia / Hipgnosis

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  • Author Existence Failure: Peter Christopherson died in 2010, and Storm Thorgerson died in 2013.
  • Doing It for the Art: The story behind the cover of The Nice's Elegy is a prime example. While listening to an advance copy of the album, Storm Thorgerson had a mental image of a desert scene covered with plastic red footballs. He and Aubrey Powell actually went to the Sahara to shoot it. To quote an anonymous poster at Album Art Photos:
    "[Hipgnosis] had to take these balls to the Sahara, inflate them, place then on sand dunes as far as the eye can see, repeat this because of the winds moving the balls, remove the footprints as best they could, then take the photo. No CGI. A lot of hard work, but an iconic image."
  • Old Shame:
    • Thorgerson and Powell deal with this trope imaginatively in their retrospective book For the Love of Vinyl: The Album Art of Hipgnosis. In the introduction to the (nearly) complete list of their covers at the back of the book, they admit that "There are some designs we would rather like to forget altogether"; within the list, these are marked with an icon of a turkey.
    • Also, every time they mention their pre-Hipgnosis book cover company Consciousness Incorporated, they apologize for the name.
    • Thorgerson was not afraid to express his disappointment when the sleeve he did for Pendulum was tampered with by the band without his consent.
  • Star-Making Role: Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon was so overwhelmingly successful that it brought Hipgnosis even more recognition than they'd already achieved.
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  • Wag the Director: As discussed in the retrospective / art compendium Vinyl. Album. Cover. Art, while the studio usually managed to get creative control over their projects, in some cases the artists were powerful enough to basically impose a vision on them. In particular, their collaborations with Paul McCartney tended to fall under this, as McCartney's wife and creative collaborator Linda was herself a talented photographer and McCartney himself was, well, one of The Beatles.


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