Hipgnosis' Life in 15 Album Covers: Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin and More

Upon release of new book 'Vinyl . Album . Cover . Art,' studio co-founder Aubrey "Po" Powell unpacks striking images created for Wings, AC/DC and more

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Peter Gabriel, 'Peter Gabriel' (1980)
A. Powell/ P. Christopherson/ S. Thorgerson © Peter Gabriel Ltd14/15

Peter Gabriel, 'Peter Gabriel' (1980)

Peter always liked to have an image on the front cover, and he was happy for you to do something with it that would distort it or destroy it. "Melt" is a Polaroid image that makes him look like some deformed person. It was made by accident. This guy called Krims, who used to play with Polaroids, and we saw some work he'd done on landscapes where he pushed the undeveloped polaroid chemicals around. Polaroids take awhile to set, and in those days, Polaroid made the images on different layers, so you could push around each layer and create odd shapes. Storm experimented with this, and Peter said, "I love it. Let's take a thousand Polaroids in your studio and let's just all get together and have a go it and see what happens." That session was such fun, because it lasted all day with just about and everybody in the studio – about 15 people – all taking polaroids of Peter and pushing things around. Peter said, "OK. Let's all put them together, and we'll choose which one is the best," and it was a huge argument between Storm and Peter of which one he liked the best. Peter wanted to use all of them and Storm wanted to use one. Anyway, we had the best fun. It was like being back in art school all over again.

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