Whether you’re a fan of Pink Floyd or not, chances are you know exactly what the album covers of The Dark Side of the Moon and Wish You Were Here look like. But you might not be familiar with the creative duo behind those iconic images — Storm Thorgerson and Aubrey “Po” Powell, aka the innovative design studio Hipgnosis. Hipgnosis went from making covers for their mates in Pink Floyd to establishing themselves as the driving force behind visual identities of some of the most popular artists of the 1970s (think Led Zeppelin and Paul McCartney). Their methods were unconventional, their budgets often unreasonable, but they were fearless visionaries who artfully manipulated photographic images long before computer graphics became ubiquitous. The feature documentary debut of filmmaker and video artist Anton Corbijn is a charming, witty, beautifully crafted tale of challenging friendships, passion and vision, full of fascinating anecdotes and big music personalities (See also: ZABRISKIE POINT, screening Mon, Jul 3 at 2:50pm, 8:00pm).
“Unpretentious and unassuming, but effective, Corbijn creates his own cozy sleeve for these trailblazers to get their due and creates a must-watch for rockologists everywhere in the process.” —Rodrigo Perez, The Playlist “[Corbijn's] creation of this delightful doc as an acolyte, if hardly copycat, will be a boon for an audience that grew up pondering the mysteries of the twisted monolith on Zeppelin’s Presence cover — LP porn, if we can call it that, could come to no finer culmination.” —Chris Willman, Variety