I was having burgers with some friends a few nights ago and when the subject of Joy Division and the new movie Control came up, they were talking about how much they loved the cover of Unknown Pleasures and wondered if I knew who the designer was. Of course it was the great Peter Saville, and, in pulling some links together for them, I found some great factoids on Saville’s Wikipedia page, another great bio at the Design Museum’s site, a fantastic write-up about the cover of Unknown Pleasures in Tate ETC by Jon Wozencroft, and, best of all, an essay called “The Dark Prince” by Alice Twemlow.
“A Norwegian art historian who came by my house shockingly remarked that I was looking at the television and listening to rock music at the same time. Then suddenly everything turns still. Movement plays an important role in the way I live and work.” I love this photo and this photo by Tom Sandberg (via Alec Soth). Cinematically speaking, the photos remind me of this still from The Limey and this poster for The Bourne Ultimatum.