René Burri x Comme des Garçons: (note: Burri’s photographs were used for all the 2012 direct mail catalogs, no.1 above) “It all began because Rei Kawakubo found me. She has an incredible sense of going beyond. When she sent me the first designs, I was amazed because she owned all of my old books. Even the ones from the 1960s, that I did on Germany. She took my work, respected the images and made them into collages in a very interesting way. It is almost like recycling. Taking the same ingredients, but making a new combination, whilst keeping the spirit of things. I was so impressed. In a way, it took my own work further from what I had done at the time, because all I was really doing was going on and on. I couldn’t stop. I am the first photographer in the Comme des Garçons series . When her and Adrian Joffe first asked me to be involved, they showed me the work of Ai Weiwei. I remember turning to Rei and saying “but what can I do, how can i do it?”. She told me that I didn’t have to do anything. That she would take my work, recycle the images and design them. I just saw the last one in the series, no. 29. Rei is really unbelievable. Now, here I am, confronted with a construction of my own work.”
Dororo (Vertical Inc., 2008) cover designs by the always excellent Peter Mendelsund: “In jacketing Manga, the art is preexisting, and the character of the jacket is set in advance by the character of the author’s drawing style. Though…I think, in the past, Manga has ghetto-ized itself through its cover treatments: By recapitulating verbatim the art that exists inside the book, (or worse, colorizing it) these jackets end up signaling “cartoon” to the prospective buyer, which completely undersells the genre. The first thing I did when working with this material is to attempt to use the art in a way that framed it in a more grown-up fashion. For Dororo I incorporated non-Manga art (the covers feature spot-lam Dororo characters on a matte background of human anatomy illustrations).