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May 9, 2017 AT 2:00 pm

The Design Duo Behind The Century’s Most Famous Album Covers #ArtTuesday

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Fast Company highlights the work of the popular 1970s design studio Hipgnosis, whose catalogue of vinyl covers was recently featured in a new book Vinyl. Album. Cover. Art.

Hipgnosis got its start in 1968, when Aubrey Powell and his creative partner Storm Thorgerson were asked to do an album cover for their friends’ second album. Lucky for Powell and Thorgerson, their friends happened to be the members of Pink Floyd; lead singer and guitarist Syd Barrett was their roommate. At the time, Powell was sneaking into the darkrooms at the Royal College of Art in London, where Thorgerson was a student, and experimenting with infrared film.

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