Taschen is an art book publisher founded in 198o by Benedikt Taschen in Cologne, Germany. As of January 2017, Taschen is co-managed by Benedikt and his eldest daughter, Marlene Taschen. The company began as Taschen cosmics, publishing Benedikts comic collection. It has a pioneer in making lesser-seen art available to mainstream bookstores, including some fetishistic imagery, queer art, historical erotica, pornography and adult magazines. the firm has brought potentially controversial art into broader public view, publishing it alongside its more mainstream books of comic reprints, art photography, painting, design, fashion, advertising history, film and architecture.