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10 Incredible Photography Books from Taschen

Here are our top picks for the best photography books from TASCHEN. Fill your imagination and motivation for taking amazing images inspired by some of the world’s most incredible photographers.

You can explore these books further on Taschen’s website or through other book retailers for more in-depth information.

Helmut Newton ‘SUMO: 20th Anniversary Edition’

Author: Helmut Newton

This book celebrates the 20th anniversary of “SUMO,” a revolutionary publication by Helmut Newton, one of the most influential photographers of the 20th century. The book is a spectacular compilation of Newton’s provocative and groundbreaking photography.

Image: Helmut Newton SUMO 20th Anniversary Edition

Sebastião Salgado ‘Genesis’

Author: Sebastião Salgado

Salgado’s “Genesis” is an epic journey through the untouched corners of our planet. This collection is a tribute to the majesty of nature and a call to preserve the beauty and diversity of the natural world.

Image: Sebastião Salgado Genesis
Image: Sebastião Salgado Genesis

Annie Leibovitz

Author: Annie Leibovitz

Annie Leibovitz’s book is a comprehensive showcase of her illustrious career as a portrait photographer. It includes her most iconic images as well as personal works, offering insights into her creative process.

Image: Annie Leibovitz
Image: Annie Leibovitz
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Peter Lindbergh ‘Untold Stories’

Author: Peter Lindbergh

This book is a posthumous release of Lindbergh’s first and only exhibition curated by himself. It features a collection of his photography that spans decades, highlighting his minimalist approach and his focus on authenticity and natural beauty.

Image: Peter Lindbergh Untold Stories
Image: Peter Lindbergh Untold Stories

Ren Hang

Author: Ren Hang

This book is a comprehensive collection of works by the late Chinese photographer Ren Hang, known for his bold and unapologetically provocative style. It captures the essence of his artistic expression that challenged conventional norms.

Image: Ren Hang
Image: Ren Hang

Her Majesty: A Photographic History 1926–2022

Author: Reuel Golden (Editor)

This book is a majestic photographic journey that chronicles the life of Queen Elizabeth II. Spanning nearly a century, it captures her royal journey from childhood through her long reign, including significant events, intimate family moments, and the evolving narrative of the British monarchy. The collection is both a tribute to her enduring reign and a visual story of a changing nation and world.

Image: Her Majesty A Photographic History 1926 2022
Image: Her Majesty A Photographic History 1926 2022

The NASA Archives: 60 Years in Space

Author: Piers Bizony, Roger Launius, Andrew Chaikin

Celebrating NASA’s 60th anniversary, this book is a compelling visual exploration of NASA’s space exploration history. It features more than 400 historic photographs and rare concept renderings, documenting everything from the early Mercury and Gemini missions, through the Apollo moon landings, to the Mars rovers.

The images, accompanied by detailed commentary, offer a unique view of six decades of space exploration.

Image: The NASA Archives 60 Years in Space
Image: The NASA Archives 60 Years in Space

Warhol on Basquiat: The Iconic Relationship Told in Andy Warhol’s Words and Pictures

Author: Michael Dayton Hermann (Editor)

This book offers an intimate glimpse into the relationship between two of the most influential artists of the 20th century: Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat.

Through Warhol’s photographs, diary entries, and artworks, readers are given an insider’s view of their creative partnership, personal kinship, and the vibrant New York art scene they inhabited.

Image: Warhol on Basquiat
Image: Warhol on Basquiat

Los Angeles: Portrait of a City

Author: Kevin Starr, David L. Ulin, Jim Heimann (Editor)

This book is a comprehensive photographic tribute to Los Angeles, capturing the city’s evolution from a desert community to a global cultural hotspot.

It juxtaposes archival shots with contemporary images, showcasing the city’s diverse architecture, iconic celebrities, urban landscapes, and cultural movements. The book serves as a dynamic portrait of LA’s rich history and cultural heritage.

Image: Los Angeles Portrait of a City
Image: Los Angeles Portrait of a City

National Geographic: Around the World in 125 Years

Author: Reuel Golden (Editor)

This three-volume set is a monumental collection that celebrates 125 years of National Geographic magazine’s photography. Covering the Americas and Antarctica, Europe and Africa, and Asia and Oceania, it is a visual odyssey of our world’s wonders—natural and man-made. The compilation presents a kaleidoscope of cultures, wildlife, and landscapes, captured by some of the world’s leading photographers.

These books not only capture a range of subjects—from royal life and space exploration to artistic relationships and global cultures—but also showcase Taschen’s commitment to high-quality publishing and visually rich content. Each book offers a unique perspective on its subject, making them valuable additions to any photography enthusiast’s collection.

For more information about these books, their authors, and to explore Taschen’s extensive catalogue, you can visit Taschen’s official website.

Image: National Geographic Around the World in 125 Years
Image: National Geographic Around the World in 125 Years

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