Pink Floyd, Animals Cover Shoot, Battersea Power Station, London, 1976
© Carinthia West

Pink Floyd, Animals Cover Shoot, Battersea Power Station, London, 1976

By Carinthia West
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Creating the Animals album cover image included stringing up an enormous inflatable pig between the iconic smoke stacks at Battersea, and Hipgnosis, the graphics partnership between Storm Thorgerson and Aubrey Powell, were entirely responsible for the concept and bringing it to fruition. However, famously, or perhaps infamously, getting their shot proved incredibly difficult and required three attempts on three separate days.  This photograph captures the third day, when the team finally got the pig blown up and in the air, only someone had made an unfortunate miscalculation and the beast broke free and flew away before they could get their shot.  Carinthia had been invited to the shoot, and actually managed to capture it before it escaped and this has become one of her most popular images.
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Pink Floyd, Animals Cover Shoot, Battersea Power Station, London, 1976
Pink Floyd, Animals Cover Shoot, Battersea Power Station, London, 1976