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Written by Matt   
Friday, 23 November 2007

storm show at elms - poster Last night saw the official launch of an absorbing collection of Storm Thorgerson's work for Pink Floyd. The exhibition (and associated book), “Mind Over Matter: Images of Pink Floyd”, celebrates the 40th anniversary of Pink Floyd and the unique relationship between band and artist.

The exhibition opened to the public on November 16th at the Elms Lesters Painting Rooms in central London, and runs until Tuesday, December 4th. As the assembled friends and colleagues of Storm's found last night, it is an exhibition not to be missed...

Creating visually beautiful and interesting art, Storm's work has featured on a variety of single, album and CD covers for numerous different bands. However it is his work with Pink Floyd that is arguably the most renowned. The exhibition includes over sixty photographs, comprising of album covers, single bags, posters, programmes and so forth; all signed by Storm Thorgerson, and all available to buy. So you have, on display for the first time ever, all the creative results of musical and artistic collaboration between Pink Floyd and Storm Thorgerson.

Coinciding with the release of the heavily expanded, fourth edition of the book "Mind Over Matter: Images of Pink Floyd" (more details here), the exhibition runs the gamut of the band's professional history, with pictures ranging from 1967 right up to the present day.

From the very familiar, to the obscure oldies, and the very much "hot off the press" images, every picture had people studying the detail and discussing the concepts. Seeing them in this format allows for a higher level of detail to be revealed, and what is to some degree lost on a CD cover is shown in all its glory.

storm show at elms - storm From the new items, of particular interest was the large, 40th anniversary collage that Storm and gang concocted, along with the similarly sized (at least 1m x 1m) "Oh, By The Way..." box set images.

Seeing them at such a size was a treat, as you will find out when the box set appears, that there is the typical array of little details all over the pictures. In a nice additional touch, one of the window ledges in the gallery had a small collection of china pigs and china cows. One of each of these appears in the box set cover shots!

The warmth towards, and appreciation of, Storm was clear to see. He seemed genuinely touched by the reception he got from the gathering (see picture to the right), which included his StormStudio colleagues, alongside the likes of Nick Mason, Phil Taylor, and a host of other key people in the world of Pink Floyd and Roger Waters.

The pictures below should give a flavour of the exhibition. As with the exhibition poster above, simply click any of the thumbnails to launch a larger, more legible version.

Make sure you catch the exhibition before it closes on December 4th. The Elms Lesters Painting Rooms are found in Flitcroft Street, central London, just a stone's throw from Oxford Street and Tottenham Court Road. For further information on the gallery, please visit www.elmslesters.com.

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