The Architecture + Color Palette of North Korea

Pyongyang, North Korea “stretches out beneath you as a pastel-colored panorama,” Guardian architecture critic Oliver Wainwright observed from the 70th floor of the 500-foot-high Tower of the Juche Idea. This, and many other surprising discoveries are revealed in Wainwright’s new book, “Inside North Korea,” published by Taschen. In addition to his analytical text, the book includes photography taken by Wainwright. It all helps to build …

“Ren Hang” Celebrates the Chinese Photographer’s Work

We speak with Taschen's Sexy Books editor, Dian Hanson, about what makes Hang's work so powerful

Update 24 February 2017: tragically, it’s been reported that Ren Hang has passed away aged just 29 years old. Shooting on film, photographer Ren Hang captures his friends in trees and rivers in the woods, in his apartment and on the roofs of buildings in Beijing, all providing an escape from the imposing world around him and breaking from a pervasive Chinese sentiment of sexual …

National Geographic’s New Book Celebrates 128 Years of Infographics

National Geographic was founded way back in 1888, and now it’s celebrating 128 years of infographics with a new book published by Taschen. Despite being around long before the technological advancements we’re now used to, NatGeo has always been a respected publication, and the journey through retro illustrations and graphics adds a certain charm. The book is divided into the following categories: History, The Planet, …

Bob Mizer’s Two-Volume “AMG: 1000 Model Directory”

Editor Dian Hanson whittles down over 250,000 images for Taschen's seductive new offering

Taschen’s forthcoming “Bob Mizer. AMG: 1000 Model Directory” two-volume tome is far more than a collection of over 1000 hunky, near-nude bodybuilders and celebrities. (Though, that’s definitely part of the allure.) Within both volumes, one bears witness to the incredibly important works of photographer Bob Mizer. Back along Muscle Beach in Venice, California, Mizer began snagging imagery of handsome men and soon founded both the …

Interview: Photographer Michael Muller

How he takes his mesmerizing, intimate shark portraits (hint: get out of the cage)

LA-based photographer Michael Muller has captured celebrities (including Rihanna for her album cover Unapologetic) to mutants and superheroes (the movie posters for “X-Men Apocalypse” and “Captain America: Civil War” to name a few), but the most fascinating subject that’s challenged him continuously over the past decade lives far from the hills of Hollywood. Since 2007, Muller has been swimming among the sharks, shooting in a …