November 30, 2015

Print: “Publisher Bets on Big Collectible Books”

From a Wall Street Journal Article:

While many book publishers are heavily investing in the digital frontier, Benedikt Taschen is looking to corner the market in oversize collectible books.

His Cologne, Germany-based publishing house, Taschen, collaborated with Sebastião Salgado, a Brazilian photojournalist and Unicef Goodwill Ambassador who spent the past eight years traveling to remote places untouched by deforestation, urbanization and the modern world, to produce “Genesis.” The 704-page two-volume collection of black-and-white photos depicts Mr. Salgado’s trek, which included a 47-day journey tracking 7,000 reindeer across Northern Siberia and a roughly 525-mile hike in the Simien Mountains of Ethiopia.

The art edition retails for $9,000, weighs a combined 130 pounds—packaging and bookstand included—and stands nearly four feet tall.


Taschen publishes about 100 titles per year, each of which must be approved by Mr. Taschen himself. Recently, Taschen and the Rolling Stones signed a deal to produce the band’s official tribute book.

Read the Full Text Article

Additional Info (With Image) About Genesis (via Taschen)

See Also: TED Photography Blog Entry About Genesis

Learn More About Taschen Books, Review their Catalog

Video About Genesis Project and Book

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