The visionary behind some of the most memorable album covers of all time had been fighting cancer.
He’s remembered for his eye-catching work with design firm Hipgnosis from the 1960s until its closure in 1983, and then with his freelance collective Storm Studios.
Among his works are Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side Of The Moon, Atom Heart Mother and Wish You Were Here; Dream Theater’s A Change Of Seasons and Falling Into Infinity; Genesis’ And Then There Were Three; Muse’s Absolution and Black Holes And Revelations; and covers for Peter Gabriel, The Pineapple Thief and many others.
As a video director he created Floyd’s Learning To Fly and High Hopes; Yes’ Owner Of A Lonely Heart; and promos for Robert Plant, David Gilmour and Nik Kershaw.
In 2011 he observed: “I’ve probably done too many album covers for some people’s liking.” In the video below he says: “I’m described by some as difficult to work with, by others as a ponce, by some as a narcissist with an ego the size of a small planet – by very few as handsome as sexy, which is how I see myself.”
Thorgerson’s family said last night: “He had been ill for some time, though he had made a remarkable recovery from his stroke in 2003.
“He is survived by his mother Vanji, his son Bill, wife Barbie Antonis and her two children Adam and Georgia.”
Floyd guitarist David Gilmour said: “We first met in our early teens. We would gather at Sheep’s Green, a spot by the rive 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. I will miss him.”