Joe Ciardiello

Book Jacket

MAY 11, 2012

A new biography of Ben Bradlee, legendary editor of the Washington Post, was recently written by Jeff Himmelman and published by Random House. I was commissioned by AD Paolo Pepe to do the cover. They wanted to depict Bradlee at his desk and there was some back and forth on whether the piece should have color. Because of his association with the newspaper, a b/w image on a newsprint color seemed appropriate. Ultimately however, it was decided that I should do a color piece. When I finally saw the book, to my surprise the color had been removed (along with a bit of hatching under the nose). Such is the magic (and mystery to me) of photoshop. Below are both the color and printed versions.