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Hipgnosis Portraits


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A journey into the archives of the most important design agency in music history.

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Aubrey Powell co-founded the design agency Hipgnosis with the late Storm Thorgerson in 1967. In 1989, Powell was made creative director for The Paul McCartney World Tour, designing the stage set, video wall and filmed images. He is the creative director for Pink Floyd, with whom he is currently working on the forthcoming V&A exhibition 'Their Mortal Remains'.


'A time capsule of an unrepeatable decade' - Esquire Weekly
'Many of the portraits here are technically adept - and many are previously unpublished - but their real value lies in the way they provide a portal into the enchanted world of Hipgnosis's cover art' - Creative Review
'A lavish celebration of the photography that fed into the record sleeve fantasies of Aubrey Powell, Storm Thorgerson and Peter Christopherson, aka rock 'n' roll design house Hipgnosis ... presenting unearthed snaps and the fascinating stories behind them' - Mojo
'With a wealth of recollections and work-in-progress materials, rather than ruin the magic, 'Hipgnosis Portraits' is further affirmation of what wondrous things these works of art remain' - Record Collector
'They made dispersive prisms sexy with Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon, transformed Peter Gabriel into Vitruvian Man - and Mick Jagger into a goat ... Hipgnosis turned the art of the album sleeve upside down for the biggest names in rock' - Guardian

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