September 30, 2019

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Lieke Corpelijn

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“The Dark Side of the Moon” The album cover that became an icon.

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One night, Storm Thorgerson (the artist) presented a black and white photograph of the dispersion of light by a prism, a photo he saw in a physics textbook. Along with many other ideas, Thorgerson presented the prism design to the band which was almost immediately approved by Pink Floyd. The …

One night, Storm Thorgerson (the artist) presented a black and white photograph of the dispersion of light by a prism, a photo he saw in a physics textbook. Along with many other ideas, Thorgerson presented the prism design to the band which was almost immediately approved by Pink Floyd.

The design is very minimal and simple, with a prism in front of a black background. The idea of the prism converting light into colour presents the identity of the band effectively. According to the artist Storm Thorgerson, the three elements represents the band’s stage lighting, the lyrics and the simple design demanded by band member Richard Wright. The black background and the design in general, calls for people to think about something greater than what is simply visible. 

The Dark Side of the Moon (1973) is not only one of the greatest albums ever made, its cover became an visual icon for Pink Floyd itself — a quiet, mysterious team of four musicians who let their music and visual stories speak for them.

The album helped turn Pink Floyd into one of the biggest bands in the world, with financial wealth, a mainstream following, and broad critical acceptance. The Dark Side of the Moon is now known as one of the greatest and most influential albums ever — certainly a defining moment of the progressive rock genre.