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Lifespan: 1980 -
Related: Germany - publishing
Notable editors: Charlotte and Peter Fiell - Dian Hanson - Jurgen Muller - Gilles Néret
Subject matter: architecture - art - design - erotica - movies - photography - pop culture - visual culture
Design of the 20th Century (2005) - Charlotte Fiell, Peter Fiell
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Taschen is an art book publisher founded in 1980 by Benedikt Taschen in Cologne, Germany. It began as Taschen Comics publishing Benedikt's extensive comic collection. Taschen has been a noteworthy force in making lesser-seen art available to mainstream bookstores, including some fetishistic imagery, queer art, historical erotica, pornography and adult magazines (including multiple books with Playboy magazine). Taschen has helped bring this art into broader public view, by publishing these potentially controversial volumes alongside its more mainstream books of comics reprints, art photography, painting, design, fashion, advertising history, film, and architecture. 
The art book publisher Taschen has been a noteworthy force in getting lesser-seen art, including some fetishistic imagery, available to the mainstream, by publishing the works of the appropriate artists (e.g. fetish photographers) alongside its mainstream output of books of photographs of art, design and architecture.
Their publications are available in a variety of sizes, from large tomes detailing the complete works of Leonardo Da Vinci, to surprisingly uncommon middle-sized books, to their small, softcover paperbacks which encapsulate themes of everything from old ads of Las Vegas to male nudes. The company has also recently begun making calendars of various images.
The smaller books have several new themes coming out each year and are very popular, retailing for about $10, considered inexpensive for published collections of art.
The company was founded by Benedikt Taschen, who started out with his Taschen Comics shop in Cologne, Germany in 1980. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taschen [Feb 2005]
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