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The man who is partly responsible for how we view album cover art died peacefully today surrounded by family and friends. Mostly known for the art he conceived for Pink Floyd, Storm Thorgerson was also responsible for The Alan Parsons Project album covers, as well as countless other artists including Peter Gabriel, Genesis, Brand X, Led Zeppelin, Rick Wright, Styx, Muse, Anthrax, The Scorpions, The Mars VoltaAudioslave, 10 CC, Black Sabbath, The Cranberries, and many more.
The iconic image of the prism on a black background for Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon revealed his genius in economy when needed and brought him to international stardom as an conceptor. He is also responsible for the reviled album cover for Yes's Tormato album.
A teenage friend of David Gilmour's, he started working on album covers as part of the Hipgnosis team of artists. After the dissolution of Hipgnosis in 1983, he formed his own design company named Storm Studios formed by a loose group of freelancers. Storm also worked on music videos for Yes, Robert Plant, David Golmour, and Pink Floyd.
His last work was on the 2011 and 2012 reissues of the Pink Floyd catalogue, including the fantastic box sets for DSotM, Wish You Were Here, and The Wall.
A statement on the Pink Floyd.com official site said: "We are saddened by the news that long-time Pink Floyd graphic genius, friend and collaborator, Storm Thorgerson, has died.
"Our thoughts are with his family and many friends."