The leaves have just started to turn orange in London, a reminder that our regular newsletter is long overdue! Most of the team have also changed colour slightly, after two long weeks baking in the California outback, attending to some highly surreal photo shoots. There are certain things you can do in the desert that are frankly, utterly impossible to achieve in rural Buckinghamshire. Well, that's our excuse and we're sticking to it! Anyway, read on for some of the mischief we've been up to lately, and also some exciting exhibition news..

THE ANSWER
The Answer approached us with a question: could we design an album cover that reflected their new lease of life? The band were excited with their new album, recorded in a burst of fresh energy, with a no-frills, stripped down sound. They spoke of shedding dead musical weight and freeing themselves up.
Our response was 'the birdcage man', an idea that would involve employing the services of racing pigeons very early one summer's morn on the south coast. If you've ever tried to get pigeons to fly in a precise and particular direction you'll have some idea of the challenge that we faced!
We think our answer to The Answer's question turned out rather satisfyingly though, like a visual zen riddle, and well worth all the flapping around.

BIFFY CLYRO - VICTORY OVER THE SUN
We love designing single covers as well as great big album covers. The seven inch single is a very rock'n'roll item and Biffy are a very rock'n'roll band. 'Blood brothers' is how this image came about, mates through thick and thin. While toying with different finger connections to represent this, the 'Victory V' sign suddenly appeared - perfect. Even better was the magical moment when three sets of 'Victory V's' (three members in the band) met on equal terms, creating a triangle.
We considered further embellishments, but settled for the stark, graphic simplicity seen here, vaguely reminiscent of a certain other cover. 
THE GATHERING STORM: BOOK LAUNCH
Just in case you hadn't noticed us banging on about it over the past few months, our new book is finally available! The Gathering Storm is an image packed 256 page thick labour of love, a very rounded 'greatest hits' anthology of Storm's work spanning four and a half decades, with full narrative text from the maestro himself as well as several essays written by assorted Storm aficionados. Storm worked hard to complete this book in his final year and gave full approval to the first copies fresh from the printers in Italy.

The Gathering Storm is available in three different guises: Hardback, Collector's and Deluxe editions. (The Collectors Edition is sold out online, but don't despair - we've held two dozen or so back for the exhibition, more of which below).
RETROSPECTIVE EXHIBITION

From October 23rd, to coincide with the launch of the book, we will be curating a major retrospective of Storm's work. There wlll be work on display from the length and breadth of his career, from Hipgnosis to StormStudios and all points in between. The show will be at the brand new Proud Archivist space, located beside the canal in De Beauvoir Town. We've been working on some exciting new ways to display our images alongside our limited edition fine art prints. It promises to be a sumptuous show and we hope also something approaching a fitting memorial to a dear friend and colleague.

The Gathering Storm - The Album Art of Storm Thorgerson
October 23 to December 1, 2013
The Proud Archivist
Reliance Wharf, Hertford Road
London N1 5ET

www.theproudarchivist.co.uk


And finally some awards news... In recognition of Storm's work, and the impact it has had within the music world, those good people at Prog Magazine renamed their Grand Design Award (won by us last year!) to: The Storm Thorgerson Grand Design Award. Peter attended the ceremony on behalf of the studio, with Storm's widow Barbie, and presented the award to this year's winners, the designers of the Family box set.
 
StormStudios, October 7th