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Depeche Mode by Anton Corbijn

Hardcover, 9.6 x 13.4 in., 8.11 lb, 512 pages
US$ 150
Multilingual Edition:
English, French, German
Multilingual Edition: English, French, German
Availability: In Stock
Since the 1980s, Dutch artist Anton Corbijn has cemented Depeche Mode’s cutting-edge reputation as the world’s biggest cult band. This wallet-friendly successor to our 2020 limited edition, created in collaboration with the band, has over 500 photographs from Corbijn’s archives, plus his handwritten observations.

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Show You the World In My Eyes

The official illustrated history of Depeche Mode by Dutch artist Anton Corbijn
In November 2020, Depeche Mode were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and Dave Gahan, accepting the honour, said: “I’d like to thank Anton Corbijn who thank God came in at the right time and actually made us look cool.” Also in the fall of 2020, TASCHEN released the limited edition Depeche Mode by Anton Corbijn (81–18) signed by Depeche Mode and Anton Corbijn, and it became one of the fastest selling collector’s editions in the publishing company’s history. This equally epic, but more wallet friendly XL edition, is a testament to Corbijn’s unique vision, and indeed “cool” as Gahan acknowledged so movingly in his speech; a detailed illustrated history of how Corbijn, who became in 1986 the band’s de facto creative director, and helped cement Depeche Mode’s reputation as the biggest cult band in the world.

Featuring over 500 photographs from Corbijn’s extensive archives, some never seen before, including formal and informal portraits from places such as Madrid, Hamburg, the California desert, Prague and Marrakech (some taken during the making of iconic videos such as “Enjoy the Silence” and “Personal Jesus”); a multitude of off-the-cuff, candid images; and stunning live shots from all their tours since 1988. In addition to the photographs, there are sketches and designs for stage sets and album covers, Corbijn’s handwritten captions throughout the book, placing the reader right in the middle of the shoots, and an extended interview with the Dutch master.

Created with the full collaboration of the band, who share some insights on working with Corbijn, Depeche Mode by Anton Corbijn (81–18) trumpets how one man’s original aesthetic, that has encompassed all of their photography, most of their music videos, album graphics and set designs, helped shape the band’s enduring popularity. Reflecting on his role in Depeche, Corbijn recalls in the book’s introduction: “A lot of it came down to me, and I wanted it to be right for them. I wanted to think for them. To be great for them.” This book is a tribute to the depth and breadth of that greatness, a celebration of one of the most creative and enduring collaborations in rock history.
The photographer

Dutch photographer, videographer, designer and film director Anton Corbijn is best known for his black-and-white photography of artists, which from the be-ginning included musicians, painters and actors. His approach to this work has been hailed as defining a new way of portrait photography with the emphasis on his guiding principle that imperfection is closer to life than perfection. From his humble beginnings as a music fan, he developed into an important globally heard voice in the photography world. For decades he has been a collaborator with many musicians such as Tom Waits, U2, Nick Cave, Metallica, Herbert Grönemeyer, R.E.M. and in this case Depeche Mode! Even after making films with the likes of George Clooney, Robert Pattinson or Philip Seymour Hofmann, he always returned to his first love, photography. He has had many museum shows over the years and resides in Amsterdam.

The editor

Reuel Golden is the former editor of the British Journal of Photography and the Photography editor at TASCHEN. His TASCHEN titles include: Mick Rock: The Rise of David Bowie, both London and New York Portrait of a City books, The Rolling Stones, Her Majesty, Football in the 1970s, the National Geographic editions, the David Bailey SUMO and Andy Warhol. Polaroids.

Depeche Mode by Anton Corbijn
Hardcover, 9.6 x 13.4 in., 8.11 lb, 512 pages
ISBN 978-3-8365-8670-2
Multilingual Edition: English, French, German

Customer reviews (33)

Nice reactivity

Cedric, November 04, 2021
The book was a little late (and it was for a birthday gift) but then I asked for an update on the delivery and the customer support did the best to ship it on time. The book was the most valuable one for my friends since they're really fans of the band.
Thanks to the customer support team !

Match made in Heaven!

Anders Hvidberg, October 31, 2021
When the documentation of the collaboration of two such significant names in the artistic fields of music and photography becomes a work of art in its own right... that's when you know, TASCHEN has done it again! This book is an absolute joy to browse through on daily basis and an equal bliss to dive into for hours when studying all the layers of craftsmanship and artistic knowledge. Thank you DM, AC and TASCHEN!

The bible for all DM fans

Peter, October 29, 2021
This is a must for every devotee on Earth... ;-)
The photos and brief descriptions are exquisite!
The DM world in the eyes of Anton couldn't come out any better...


Peter, October 28, 2021
Great book with great pictures...Highly recommended for Depeche Mode fans..

A must for DM fans

Sam M, October 28, 2021
Beautiful book and photos for any Depeche Mode fan!


Joelle, October 28, 2021
Beautiful book, even for those who don't like the band ! The pictures are really nice, Anton Corbijn is so talented and TASCHEN pays a nice tribute to his work with this book !

Wounderful document over one of the best bands and photographer combined!

Fredrik, October 27, 2021
This is an amazing story about one of the greatest bands of the last decades and also an account of one of the best photographers ever who also was an incremental part in creating and inventing the band through his lens. A must read for both DM fans as well as photographers!

Amazing work!

Alberto, October 27, 2021
I love Anton’s work. This book is so well edited and crafted. It’s a beautiful piece that contains beautiful work.

For DM fans

Joelle, October 27, 2021
Great memories of DM career, overview of DM image all over the decades. Thanks for this book.

Excellent choice for both a music fan and photography fan

Michal, October 27, 2021
Anton Corbijn is a legend of music photography. Some say, he created the icon DM is with his cult photography. This book contains everything one might wish for - a chronological journey through the development of this look. All beautifully published, with great print and quality binding. A must have!
Depeche Mode by Anton Corbijn
Depeche Mode by Anton Corbijn
US$ 150
Depeche Mode by Anton Corbijn