SACI remembers Storm Thorgerson

Storm Thorgerson, photo by Jill Furmanovsky and

Storm Thorgerson, photo by Jill Furmanovsky and “Division Bell” 1994 ® Storm Thorgerson

SACI is remembering Storm…

On Thursday, April 18, the news of Storm Thorgerson‘s passing was met with great sadness in the SACI community. Thorgerson (1944-2013), a member of the SACI Artist Council, lost his 10-year battle against cancer, and in this sad moment our deepest condolences go to his friends and family.

The 69-year-old graphic designer was pivotal in the development of Pink Floyd’s image, so much that he was often referred to as the “sixth member of the band”. Hipgnosis Studios, which he founded in 1968 (alongside Aubrey Powell), was responsible for some of the band’s most famous artwork, including the universally known “Dark Side of the Moon” cover art.

In 2011, Thorgerson stated that he felt “privileged to work with music” and that he estimated having designed the artwork for approximately 300 albums.

A new book The Gathering Storm – The Album Art of Storm Thorgerson is due out in September 2013 and is available for pre-order. 256 pages of album cover graphics by Storm Thorgerson – spanning five decades from his beginnings with Hipgnosis through to StormStudios.

To view a pictorial tribute to his work, assembled by fellow SACI Artist Council member Jill Furmanovsky, please visit Jill’s Rockarchive website.

“The Pink Floyd Archives” at the SACI Gallery, 2011

In 2011, SACI was proud to host a rock photography exhibition, The Pink Floyd Archives, with graphic images by Storm Thorgerson, and photographs by Jill Furmanovsky, and Amalie R. Rothschild. The exhibition, in collaboration with Photographia Limited Edition Fine Art Photographic Prints of Milan, drew huge local crowds who came to admire the artists’ experiences within the famous music scene.

To quote David Gilmour himself… We wish Storm was here.

About SACI

SACI is a US non-profit College of Art and Design in Florence, Italy, for undergraduate and graduate students seeking accredited instruction in studio art, design, conservation, art history, and Italian language and culture. Founded in 1975, SACI offers the following programs: Academic Semester/Year Abroad, Late Spring & Summer Studies, Venice Summer Program, Post-Bac in Conservation, Post-Bac in Studio Art; MFA in Studio Art, MFA in Photography, MFA in Communication Design, Low-Residency MFA in Studio Art, MA in Art History.

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