This month we celebrate the all things Pink Floyd with a special exhibition feature on ‘The Division Bell’, with a selection of images from the legendary Storm Thorgerson.
The Division Bell was the fourteenth studio album by Pink Floyd. Produced a few years after the fall of the Eastern Bloc, the album deals with themes of communication and the idea that talking can solve many of life’s problems. The album’s title, a reference to the British parliament’s practice of ringing a bell to call for a vote, was suggested to the group by author Douglas Adams.
And of course the album cover was designed by Storm Thorgerson. Storm was an early friend of Syd Barrett, Roger Waters and David Gilmour, for whom he designed many album covers, including the iconic sleeve for The Dark Side Of The Moon. The graphic art group Hipgnosis (co-founded by Storm with Aubrey ‘Po’ Powell) became one of the most famed design and photographic teams in music, with covers for many other internationally successful artists, including Led Zeppelin, Genesis, Wishbone Ash, 10cc, Black Sabbath, Wings, Peter Gabriel, and Yes.