More Storm Thorgerson photography

Here are a few more great pieces from Storm Thorgerson’s website. I’ve also included the story behind one of the pieces that I thought was interesting.

This is the cover to metal band Anthrax’s 1995 album Stomp 442.  As you will see in the story below, everything in this photo has some meaning.

This humungus scrap metal ball is real. You can tell this by the size of both the man standing alongside and by the individual car parts crushed and mangled within. The parts are taken very literally from scrapped American cars – American because Anthrax are American, and metal because Anthrax are a sort of metal band, and a big mother of a ball because Anthrax are naturally a big mother of a band. The lighting – highlights and shadows – also tells you that this effing great ball, the result possibly of some weird magnetic collision, or the mentally controlled plaything of the naked man, is a real thing in a real place, but, and here’s the catch, not all at the same time. Picture a ball in your mind and you will notice that you cannot see the back side, so it could be only half a ball – visually speaking half a ball is as good as a whole one. In addition you cannot tell whether the ball is solid or hollow. Now think of the geometry which is spherical and therefore equal – one part or quadrant is the same as any other – thus what we have here in fact is a shell, a quarter shell, of one half of a sphere. This is then hung by crane and rotated on site into four correct but different positions which make up a whole ball and then separately photographed. These separate pictures are then joined together to make a complete sphere (or half sphere) in the dreaded computer, thus maintaining proper perspective, lighting and curvature. Neat huh?

Keeping with the concept of scale, this is the cover of the Dicso Biscuits album On Time.

And finally, because who doesn’t love teddy bears, the cover of Muse’s Uprising single.

While a lot of Thorgerson’s work is very complex with huge expensive props, a shot like the teddy bear photo would be easy for anyone to reproduce, provided he or she had access to a bunch of stuffed bears.

To see Storm’s entire portfolio, visit Every photo has a little blurb with the equipment used and some even have stories. I highly recommend the site.

Don Carpenter


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