Vic Singh

Vic Singh was born in India, his father son of a Raja and a keen amateur photographer, his mother owned photographic studios in Vienna and The South of France and then in London.  In the early 60's, he studied at St Martin's College of Art in London and was influenced by French post-impressionists like Van Gogh and Cézanne. After St Martin's he worked as a photographic assistant and then as a photographer to Studio Five in London’s Mayfair. Here he worked alongside John Cole, Norman Eales, David Bailey and Frank Sweeney. Later he established his own studio in Bourdon Place, London W1. His work focused on the demands of fashion magazines, such as Vogue and Tatler and the requirements of advertising and the pop music and movie industries. He was at the centre of the swinging 60’s scene in London, working with Island Records, Pink Floyd on the iconic album cover The Piper at the Gates of Dawn and The Beatles on Sargent Peppers Lonely Heart's Club Band.

Vic made his iconic Pink Floyd cover with a lens that George Harrison gave him. Singh was a very good friend of Pattie Boyd, who was George Harrison’s wife at the time. One day, after Vic, Pattie and George ate all together, Harrison gave Singh a lens with the prism special effect you can see in the photo. Some time later, Pink Floyd’s manager asked him to make The Piper at the Gates of Dawn’s cover. He thought this kind of picture was perfect for the album’s sound, so he used the lens to capture the four members of the band.