The story of hatje cantz verlag began with a consuming passion for books and art. From the beginning to today, the most important criterion in the program development of hatje cantz verlag is the quality of the art and artists presented. Young artists and low-profile exhibitions are often just as interesting as the big names. Every book reflects the individual qualities of the artist and his or her art-as a unique publication in its own right. Hatje cantz has accompanied the work of numerous artists over the years, among them such prominent figures as gerhard richter, erwin wurm, rebecca horn, and olafur eliasson. Hatje was motivated by a strong personable conviction, embarking on intellectual adventures with artists and authors, and was always ready to take risks in the interest of a beautiful book. Among the books he published are some of the best designed art, design, and architecture books of the twentieth century, and many were awarded prizes. Hatje was always concerned with quality, both in books and art.