It's a classic story: a simple entrepreneurial spark leads to a brand new way of seeing the world. At just 18, Benedikt Taschen opened a comic book store in his native Cologne to sell and trade from his enormous collection. Business boomed, but the real turning point came when a chance purchase of 40,000 copies of a René Magritte book—and their subsequent reselling at a lowered price—lead TASCHEN to realise that there was a public hungry for books on art and culture. Since then, TASCHEN has become one of the world's biggest publishing houses, producing beautiful books that cover topics from art to travel, history, culture, fashion, and just about everything in between. An instantly recognizable imprint, TASCHEN's in-depth portraits of icons old and new are instant classics that give a vivid view of our world.