Pink Floyd Ummagumma


Medium: Silkscreen in 19 colours on Somerset tub sized 310gsm
Artist: Storm Thorgerson
Signed By: Storm Thorgerson in pencil
Edition: 295 World Wide
Dimensions: Print size 33" x 25½", Image size 19" x 19", Edition
Condition: New / Mint
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The Ummagumma album cover was photographed with a 120 Hasselblad camera using a wide angle lens and colour negative film. Photo prints were made from selected contacts to the required sizes, then cut and collaged together, with scalpel blade and cow gum - primitive yet effective. The sense of receding dimension, of layers beneath layers, of different realities, was firmly established. This 3D illusion served to illustrate the simple idea that Floyd music was multi-layered, more intricate than most, and offered a depth, should you choose to explore it – a depth of feeling, a depth of mind. The actual idea stemmed from a ‘psychological’ black and white line illustration of receding infinity, which is also an illusion – is the perspective going away from you, or towards? Storm Thorgerson turned the line drawing into a photograph, an illusion on a page into a real, live event.
Storm Thorgersons design is about a picture within a picture, a room within a room. It’s not a mirror, nor a photo of a photo, nor like opposing mirrors in an elevator; it’s a real place. It sometimes feels like you could step directly through the frame into the next room. A sort of hallucinatory feeling commensurate with the music and with certain unspecified chemicals.


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