Peter Gabriel: From Genesis to Revelation

I’m posting various photo portraits, out of chronological order, depicting Peter Gabriel’s trajectory during and after his collaboration with Genesis. Whether wearing “civilian clothes,” costumes and make-up drawn from nature (wolf, flower, bat), comics (The Hulk) or those which came from an intergalactic fantasy, professionally Peter Gabriel was born this way.


In the beginning


Photo-shoot by Mick Rock, 1973


First appearance of Gabriel ‘in costume’. It was the dress-wearing, fox-headed entity immortalized on the cover of Foxtrot. The performance was a success, and it encouraged Gabriel to continue wearing creative costumes while singing


Watcher of the Skies is the first track on Genesis’ 1972 album Foxtrot. The title is borrowed from John Keats’ 1817 poem On First Looking into Chapman’s Homer. During performances, Peter Gabriel wore bat wings on the side of his head, glowing UV make-up around his eyes, and a multicolored cape.


Costume Britannia for The Moonlit Knight (1974) a song from the album Selling England by the Pound.


Like a flower


Magog, worn for Supper’s Ready, from the album Foxtrot


The Old Man


The Slipperman


Rael, the protagonist of the album The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway (1974)


Still of Shock the Monkey (Dean Karr, 1982) music video


In company of Michael Jackson, David Bowie, Cindy Lauper, and Rosanna Arquette


Storm Thorgerson designing Peter Gabriel’s third solo album, commonly known as Melt


So (1986). Sleeve design by Peter Saville


Soundtrack album of The Last Temptation of Christ (Martin Scorsese, 1988)


Us (1992)


Ovo (2000)


Scratch my back (2010).


New Blood (2011)