Rosław Szaybo

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Rosław Szaybo (born 13 August 1933 in Poznań, Poland) is a Polish painter, photographer and cover designer.

He graduated in 1961 from the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, and was mentored by Wojciech Fangor and Henryk Tomaszewski.

In 1966 he moved to United Kingdom where he worked as an independent designer. Between 1968 and 1972 worked as an art director for the advertising company Young & Rubicam.

Between 1972 and 1988 he was signed as the chief artistic director at CBS Records, where he designed over 2000 album covers, mostly for classical music, but also for artists like Elton John, Roy Orbison, Santana, Janis Joplin, The Clash, Mott the Hoople, Judas Priest and John Williams.

During his work in the UK, he also designed posters for English theaters.

Upon his return to Poland in 1993 he started a photography workshop at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, and also became artistic director at the Czytelnik publishing house.

Amongst his most recognizable works are the cover for Judas Priest's album British Steel (featuring his own hand) as well as the band's logo and other album cover (Stained Class, Killing Machine), and a cover for Krzysztof Komeda's album Astigmatic.


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