(With thanks to the peerless John Self of Asylum, who drew these books to my attention. UPDATE: See the end of the post for more.)
Another imminent set of Penguin re-releases are the Magnum collection, a partnership between Penguin Books and the Magnum photo agency. Magnum is an unusual artistic co-operative of photographers, whose co-founders included the late and very great Henri Cartier-Bresson and Robert Capa.
These six books, for the most part classics of non-fiction or reportage, each use a dramatic Magnum photo on the cover, and have no text on the front (the title/author circles you can see below are removable stickers). The barcodes on the spines are a little bit ugly, but I guess you can't have everything. (Click for much bigger versions.)
I particularly like the cover for Hersey's (not Hershey, as the cover above has it) Hiroshima, a powerful little book about the nuclear bombing of that city, told by people caught up in the horror. The cover image is of the Peace Dome, a building that was the city's trade centre, and which survived relatively unscathed despite being at the very epicentre of the bomb blast. This photo, by Philip Jones Griffiths, dates from 1995. An earlier edition of Hiroshima from Penguin used a shot from soon after the attack, a scene of horrific devastation captured by Wayne Miller.
I also really, really like the cover to In Cold Blood, though I don't know who did it (UPDATE: See end of post). Interestingly, the cover for A Man on the Moon was not taken on the Moon at all. It's from a collection of photos by Rene Burri called "Space ruins": the remnants of the closed-down bits of the USA's space race installations.
By the way, if you're looking for another heart-breaking Hiroshima image, try this cover. What might at first glance be an ordinary-ish portrait of mother and child is transformed by its context into something horrible.
UPDATE: Mr Self has got his hands on the books, and has kindly filled me in more on the designs.
"The covers are matt (almost untreated?) card stock - which I was surprised by, as for some reason I expected them to be glossy. The writing on the back cover is nicely debossed. The inside covers have photographs overlaid with the usual book blurb (inside front) and a blurb about Magnum (inside back) ... I also got a press release which gives details of all the photos, so the ones you haven't identified are as follows:
In Cold Blood: Photo by Inge Morath (wife of Arthur Miller), taken during the 18 day road trip across the USA made by Morath and Henri Cartier-Bresson en route to the set of the The Misfits. It was Morath's first trip across the US.
The Fight: Photo by Abbas.
Hellfire: Image by Guy le Querrec, taken 8 Sep 1973 (inside images by him and Cartier-Bresson).
Hell's Angels: Photo by Dennis Stock."