Since its founding in 1980 under the leadership of Benedict Taschen, TASCHEN Verlag has developed into an independent publisher that initially focused on selling comics. The publisher later expanded its offering to include art books and is now particularly known for its impressive illustrated books in the areas of architecture, art, design, film, photography and lifestyle.
Four decades of TASCHEN: A triumph of book art
For 40 years, TASCHEN Verlag has shaped the world of books with its innovative approach to book design and a remarkable diversity in its publications. This journey began in the 1980s with a small comic shop that developed into a world-famous brand with its own stores in cities such as Cologne, London and Hong Kong.
The art of book design
Benedikt Taschen, the founder of TASCHEN Verlag, revolutionized the art book market with a simple but powerful idea: offering first-class art books at affordable prices. This “democratization of the art book market” led to the introduction of the “Little Series of Art” series, which made art accessible to everyone.
Innovation and diversity
In addition to art, TASCHEN is dedicated to a variety of topics, including architecture, design, fashion, photography and even eroticism. The publisher showed courage when it published "Helmut Newton SUMO" in 1999, a work that was literally serious, a groundbreaking format at a price that was unusual at the time.
Leadership change and sustainability
Benedikt's daughter, Marlene Taschen, has been running the publishing house since 2017 and is continuing her father's legacy. A notable development is the publisher's commitment to climate neutrality. By purchasing carbon credits from Instituto Terra, a Brazilian reforestation program, each TASCHEN publication contributes to the creation of new rainforest trees.
TASCHEN Verlag remains a shining example of how creativity, commitment and visionary leadership can have a lasting impact on the world of books and beyond. With a mixture of traditional book art and future-oriented initiatives, TASCHEN is setting new standards in the publishing industry.