Founded in 1931 by Dr. Heinz teNeues as a family-run printing company, teNeues has been part of the Weltbild Publishing Group since autumn 2020. Its sole shareholder is the Droege Group, an international consulting and investment company based in Düsseldorf.
With offices in Düsseldorf, Munich, Berlin, New York, and London, teNeues specializes in high-quality photography, travel, nature, architecture, design, lifestyle, culture and art book publishing. The company works with renowned, international photographers, including such icons of the genre as Elliott Erwitt, Edward Quinn and Paul Almasy, as well as with contemporary masters of photography who shape the image of our present, such as Greg Gorman, Bruce Weber, Jimmy Nelson, Vincent Peters, Marsel van Oosten or Thomas Hoepker.
In addition, teNeues creates and publishes titles with and about international brands including BMW, Ferrari, Porsche, Cartier, Chopard, and Swarovski. teNeues books are published in several languages and distributed worldwide.
Following significant wartime damage to the company’s Krefeld premises, teNeues teNeues was rebuilt in the Rhineland town of Kempen. Dr. Manfred teNeues, the founder’s eldest son, joined the management team in 1951. A successful post-war printing business developed, which was soon supplemented by the company’s first publishing activities, focused on art prints and classroom posters. The inaugural calendar program appeared in 1958, followed by greetings cards.
In 1977, the company’s publishing activities were incorporated into an independent company: teNeues Verlag. Hendrik teNeues, oldest son of Dr. Manfred teNeues, expanded the business internationally and founded the teNeues Publishing Company in New York in 1983. In addition to a broader calendar program, the company developed stationery and merchandising products for museums. Illustrated books were added in 1984 and teNeues became the long-standing distribution partner for Prestel Publishing’s English language program in North America.
teNeues opened further subsidiaries in London (1989) and Paris (1991). In 1995, Sebastian teNeues, the youngest son of Dr. Manfred teNeues, joined the publishing house and became managing director and publisher of the calendar program. In 2000, teNeues launched its first major book program in the fields of photography, travel, lifestyle and architecture, soon expanding into successful corporate publishing titles.
With distribution in more than 50 countries worldwide, teNeues books are now published in German, English and French, Spanish, Italian, Russian and Chinese. At the end of 2014, the calendar publisher was sold to the Neumann-Wolf Group, with the book publishing company since called teNeues Media GmbH & Co. KG. Following the death of publisher and sole owner, Hendrik teNeues, in October 2019, teNeues became part of the Weltbild Publishing Group in October 2020, where it looks forward to long-term, sustainable growth.