The legacy of the Grimms’ tales are tied to their rich history of illustration. A third Brother Grimm, Ludwig Emil, provided pictures for early German editions and the British artist George Cruikshank ensured that the first English edition of the tales became a well-loved best seller.
For this special collection of 25 of these stories, we combed through more than 300 old books on a quest for vintage images to collage into Mirror Mirrored. In the process, we fell under the spell of some remarkably diverse wolves, dwarfs, and wicked stepmothers, everything from gilded Art Nouveau masterpieces, to simple line drawings, to exquisite illustrations by obscure, unknown artists.
The resulting collages, where Corwin Levi takes illustrations for a particular story and remixes them throughout that same story, are visual compendiums of the history of fairy tale illustration that stretch across time and space. A collage may combine two striking vintage images, or it may be comprised of dozens of depictions from various sources. (You can see an example of a Rapunzel collage coming together in the animated gif on this page.)