Taschen books is an art book publisher founded in 1980 by Benedikt Taschen and is known for making lesser-seen art available to mainstream bookstores, including some fetishistic imagery, queer art, historical erotica and adult magazines (including multiple books with Playboy magazine). Taschen has helped bring art into broader public view, by publishing these potentially controversial volumes alongside its more mainstream books of comics reprints, art photography, painting, design, fashion, advertising history, film and architecture.