<b>'Sumo: Helmut Newton' (1999):</b> 'This was a pivotal moment in Taschen's history. 'Sumo' was published as a homage to the book in the digital age. Helmut Newton's photography had always had a strong impact on me, but it took nearly 15 years for him to agree to make the book.'
Taschen and Newton launching 'Sumo' on its special Philippe Starck table
<b>'The Stanley Kubrick Archives' by Alison Castle (2005):</b> 'We had full access and the total support of Kubrick's family. It was a dream - using the archive of one of the greatest filmmakers in history. (By the way, in 'Eyes Wide Shut', Kubrick used a number of Taschen books as props!)'
THE STANLEY KUBRICK ESTATE
<b>'The Circus Book: 1870-1950' by Noel Daniel (2008):</b> 'No matter how far off the beaten track the subject-matter, we try to dig out all there is, and in this case it worked particularly well. A parallel world of the past brought back to life to an audience generations later.'
© THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS, LOOK MAGAZINE COLLECTION
<b>'The Six Books of Euclid' by Oliver Byrne (2010):</b> 'A facsimile withcommentaries of one of the most beautiful and oddest books of the 19th century.' The title page shows a figure illustrating the Pythagorean theorem
<b>'GOAT: A Tribute to Muhammad Ali' (2003):</b> 'Born out of a love affair,'Greatest of All Time' is a homage to one of the transcending figures of the 20th century and, for sure, the illustrated biography with the most in-depth research (many of the texts are by great mid-century writers). This is a book on a man larger-than-life who influenced and touched the lives of millions of others.'
<b>'Moonfire: The Epic Journey of Apollo 11' by Norman Mailer (2009):</b> 'A towering subject during my childhood in the Sixties was the race to the moon. Mailer's seminal text was paired with photos and documents even the most die-hard fans of space travel couldn’t believe existed. (Besides numerousother archives, we checked and researched material in about 10 Nasa facilities all over the US.)'
TIME AND LIFE PICTURES/GETTY IMAGES
<b>'Picasso' by Ingo F Walther (1985):</b> 'This was a key moment in the Taschen story, and the first art monograph at a democratic mprice of, back then, 9.95DM. It was published simultaneously in many different languages to keep costs down. 'Picasso' was the first title in a series (called Basic Art) of over150 titles today, with a combined print run of 100 million; they are also published in 22 languages.'
<b>'Case Study Houses' by Elizabeth AT Smith (2007):</b> 'Architecture was a way to promote the American way of life after the Second World War and the Case Study House programme conveyed Taschen: 30 years the spirit of the pre-Vietnam, all-is-possible generation wanting to create iconic new buildings.'
PAUL GETTY TRUST
<b>'Diego Rivera: The Complete Murals' (2007):</b> 'An outstanding artist of the20th century. Rivera's main body of work was his giant frescos. Unfortunately,despite huge research, this was one of the worst-selling art books we ever published. But one day, it will be a classic (in about 100 years…).'
PRIVATE COLLECTION, WILLIAM CLAXTON MEXICO CITY
<b>'Eye to Eye' by Frans Lanting (1997):</b> 'Inspired by a close-up of Picasso by Irving Penn, Lanting's images portray animals as individuals, some of themquite human…'
<b>'Jazz Life' (2005):</b> 'A journey across the America of a bygone era, writer Joachim Berendt and photographer William Claxton captured the spirit of America's first original contribution to the history of music like nobody else before and after.'
<b>'The Art of Eric Stanton' (1997):</b> 'For the man who knows his place. Comic-book artist Eric Stanton devoted his life to one subject: dominant women. A unique artist at the edge of society who embraced his fantasies.'
<b>'Billy Wilder's Some Like it Hot' (2001):</b> 'Getting to work with the people you admire is one of the rewards of my profession. Wilder was talented, generous and witty.'