There are two artists whose work represents true rock art to me: Roger Dean and Storm Thorgerson. And today I’m writing about Storm Thorgerson!
If you’ve got eyes, then you have definitely seen his work on one album cover or another. He’s created artwork for some of the world’s biggest bands, from Led Zeppelin to Styx to Pink Floyd to Audioslave to Muse. To many more.
With one piece of artwork, this dude can iconicize an album.
Storm Thorgerson has been involved in photography and graphic art for decades, and is widely accepted and respected as THE rock artist.
He often contrasts stark-still subjects with implied movement to create his striking imagery, like this…
…And his photos invite you into a situation where something big has either just happened, or is about to happen. His subjects are often threatened or worried:
He likes to dodge the boundaries of a photograph’s borders by maneuvering his subjects to reach in, out, or around the picture: to interact with the photography itself:
…And he loves to play with shape and form:
Storm Thorgerson’s creativity and process impresses me beyond words. If I ever make a movie, I would love to be the first to have him design the movie poster.
I guess time will tell!