Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here (Album Cover) © Pink Floyd, EMI Harvest, 1975.
Design: Hipgnosis and George Hardie
Text below: © Richard Evans/Chartwell Books.

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Hipgnosis' sleeve for Pink Floyd's 1975 album Wish You Were Here is all about absence. The two business men cutting a deal were photographed on the back lot of Warner Bros. film studios in Burbank. The man on the right, stuntman Ronnie Rondell, really is on fire. He had been doused with gasoline and set alight. Ronnie was wearing an asbestos suit, but duing the shoot the wind direction changed and his moustache got a little singed. Just like a real businessman, here's Ronnie making a deal and getting burned.

Source: Richard Evans - The Art of the Album Cover and How to Design Them
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