Peter Gabriel, Scratch Album Cover, 1978
© Peter Gabriel / Art by Hipgnosis

Peter Gabriel, Scratch Album Cover, 1978

By Storm Thorgerson
About the image
This was the front cover of the second of four eponymous titles Peter Gabriel released after leaving Genesis. Due to the iconic nature of the image, it is often referred to as Scratch.

Image courtesy of Peter Gabriel. Photography by Hipgnosis.

We took the picture quite quickly near our studio but then spent ages cutting and tearing strips of white paper which covered the studio like ticker-tape. We stuck them onto the photo of Peter, adjusting and re-tearing to have them 'join' his fingers then tarting it up with Tipp-ex before re-photographing it all so it became one piece. Now, I don't seriously expect anybody to be fooled into thinking that Peter is actually doing all this reaching out and back onto his photo, only that they may be temporarily bemused and mentally entertained by the impossibility of it - enjoying the idea then imagining it to be real." - Storm Thorgerson 

Release Notes:
This print is part of the Peter Gabriel : Album Art Collection, a series of 15 artworks featuring the album cover imagery from each of Peter Gabriel's solo releases from 1977 to 2010. Peter Gabriel produced this series as fine-art limited edition prints in 2010, coordinating with each of the artists who created the original artworks. Each one is signed by both the artist and Peter Gabriel himself and are available in two size options.

”I’ve always loved artwork and album art. I think it’s been a huge part of what people identify and feel about the music and the records” said Peter Gabriel “I used to love gatefold sleeves…when you would sit with a new record and open it up it was just a precious moment. Now we’ve gone into this digital world a lot of that has been lost. We’ve being looking at ways of getting quality prints of the artwork for a long time and I’m happy now it has happened.”

Collector's Notes:
Both sizes/editions have been hand-signed by both Peter Gabriel & Storm Thorgerson.

Buyers will receive a certificate of authenticity following delivery. Please contact us with any questions!

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