Two by Taschen

Taschen, for me, is a take it or leave it kind of publisher. Mark Ryden, Cars Now!... I'll leave it. I'm sure their "Big Books" of body parts, of boobs, butts, and all the more intimate, don't appeal to the majority (I happen to think they're charming). The take it though— when Taschen puts out a book that you love, it feels like it was made for you. Here are two I love...

The Book of Symbols: Reflections on Archetypal Images is a master encyclopedia of visual archetypes, symbols and signs from human history. Each entry, a few pages long, includes an original essay and representative visual sources, art, architecture and artifacts.

Helmut Newton: Polaroids is a collection of the reputable photographer's test Polaroids, instant pictures taken on set during his editorial assignments, from the early 1970s to the early 2000s. Most of my favourite images in the book are NSFW (most of the book is NSFW...) but here's a sample, which gives you a sense of the hues of the book at least.

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