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According to Storm Thorgerson, Pink Floyd’s graphic designer, who also made the cover photo of David Gilmour’s 1984 solo album “About Face”, they have struggled to shoot a good photo of Gilmour for this album because on every photo he tried to look like a super-star and be cool, which is why the photos turned out too pathetic and uninteresting. When it was declared that the photo-session is over, Gilmour first asked for the location of the restroom, and that’s when the cover photo was taken.   

An intimate look at album cover designer Storm Thorgerson screens through Thursday at MoMA Film. See director Roddy Bogawa in person at Thursday’s screening. 

[Hipgnosis. Album cover for Led Zeppelin, Houses of the Holy. 1973. Courtesy StormStudios and Roddy Bogawa]