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From the Archives

London / Los Angeles, February 2022

Dear Bookworms,

Since we started our work as cultural archeologists in 1980, TASCHEN has become synonymous with accessible, eclectic publishing. From our affordable Basic Art series to highly collectable limited editions, we are committed to making the best books on the planet at any prize and any size.

One of the decisive moments in our history was the publication of Helmut Newton’s SUMO in 1999. Newton’s genius, the extraordinary level of resources put into this project, and its sheer scale established new horizons: SUMO became a landmark in publishing and set the tone for our meticulously curated list of Collectors Editions.

At the other end of the spectrum, honoring our company’s credo to democratize the art book, we created the TASCHEN 40 Series – beautiful reeditions of the stars of our program that are more compact than their originals, insanely low priced, and still realized with the same commitment to impeccable production.

Every TASCHEN book plants a seed! For over 10 years we have been a carbon neutral publisher. Each year we offset our annual carbon emissions with carbon credits at the Instituto Terra, a reforestation program in Minas Gerais, Brazil, founded by Lélia and Sebastião Salgado. To find out more about our ecological partnership, please visit taschen.com/zerocarbon.

Thank you for joining us on this long journey. You have kept TASCHEN alive and thriving so we can focus on our mission of inclusive, independent and inspirational publishing. But most of all, a huge thank you to all the wonderful artists and free spirits who entrust us to communicate their work and vision to all of you across the planet. The highbrow, the lowbrow, the stars, the strange and the sexy: we love it all!


Marlene and Benedikt Taschen

The TASCHEN History