Back in 2005 the Publisher Damyan Yakov started a Retro Crime book series — a compilation of the most famous Noir Crime books.
The publisher and I decided to make a very distinguishable overall design that reflected both the content and the spirit of each individual novel and an intended Retro look of the series.
First I made a unique logo for the series:
Then I hired two professional photographers and arranged a photo session with actors/models. The photo session took place in the Bulgarian National Theatre due to its retro interior. We used theatre props and costumes from the epoch (the 30s -50s of the XXth century). Here are some of the raw photos from the photo session:
Here are some of the book covers that I made for the Retro Crime series.
James Hadley Chase — Hit Them Where It Hurts
James Hadley Chase — Twelve Chinks and a Woman