We take a moment from the summer hear to talk to our friends over at Taschen books in Soho and find out what are the top 5 books to have right now.

Genesis
Genesis is the result of Salgado’s eight year sojourn through corners of the world untouched by modern society. From deep within the Amazonian basin to the tip of Antarctic icebergs, Salgado captures the wonders and delights of Mother Nature in a dramatic, painterly chiaroscuro, reminiscent of the Old Masters. Genesis is a poignant tour du force – a reflection of an artist’s passion, strength, and his respect for life in every form.  Each in its own way, this book and the Collector’s edition—both edited and designed by Lélia Wanick Salgado—pay homage to Salgado’s triumphant and unparalleled GENESIS project.

Raf Simons
Raf Simons is among the few luxury designers who continually fuses effortless cool with the sartorial innovation that pushes the boundaries of fashion. In 1995, the Belgian-born former industrial designer stepped onto the scene with an impeccably tailored menswear line, which subsequently became his aesthetic trademark. Simon’s penchant for sleek, slim lines and street-casting precocious youth has propelled him to forefront of the fashion zeitgeist, and has landed him directorial appointments at Jil Sander and Dior. In this stunning photographic book, i-D celebrates Raf Simons’ own menswear label, his work for Jil Sander, and his new appointment of Dior.

Dian Hanson’s History of Pin-up Magazines Vol. 1-3
TASCHEN editor Dian Hanson traces the history of pin-up magazines from 1900-1969, in their deceptive forms to their most brazen. Three volumes long, History of Pin-up Magazinesstarts with the inception of men’s magazines in France, Germany, and the US, following through WWII and the popularization of publications like Playboy. From cover girls, politics, nudists, and the unraveling of obscenity laws, Dian Hanson covers the pivotal moments in men’s magazine development, sparing no details and baring all.

Taxi Driver
Steve Schapiro’s behind-the-scenes, journalistic photographs of unseen moments on the set ofTaxi Driver bring film aficionados even closer to Martin Scorsese’s masterpiece. A cinematic milestone, Taxi Driver is a bona fide piece of history in film and the art of performance. Stunningly violent and psychological stills of Robert de Niro and Jodi Foster, as well as chilling shots of retro New York City, intensify Scorsese’s unflinchingly realistic depiction of the post-Vietnam era.

Pucci
At once a master of technology, color, and the female form, Emilio Pucci saw his talent and passion emerge from a sophisticated boutique in Capri to the instantly recognizable lifestyle brand of the international jet set. Photographs, drawings and candids from the Emilio Pucci Archive tell the story of a modern epic: from filial roots in the Italian renaissance, to a family owned-shop, to one of the most celebrated brands in fashion history – Pucci is synonymous with innovation, affluence, and vibrancy.