Culture

Publishing

Printed perfection— Berlin

Preface

Whether it be picture-laden coffee table tomes or volumes on aesthetic theory, Germany produces some of the finest art books in the world – and that’s not limited to Taschen. Monocle went to Berlin to pore over a buoyant publishing industry.

Architecture, Design, Photography

Like the art world, publishing art books is a global endeavour. There’s Phaidon and Thames & Hudson in the UK and Switzerland’s Jrp|Ringier, but Germany dominates the art-book market, thanks to its sheer number of houses and breadth of content. While Köln-based Taschen is a household name, a good dozen other major German publishers also create exhibition catalogues and monographs, alongside smaller houses making small-run editions. All enjoy a following.

“Germans buy a lot of art books. It’s simply part of German Bildungsbürger [educated bourgeois]…

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