The 2018 photobook that I would like to highlight here on a personal level (as asked for this year) is White Noise by Takehiko Nakafuji, published by Zen Foto Gallery. A book consisting of photos of Tokyo with places that appeal to me and affect me since I myself took for 17 years a lot of pictures in these same places (Shinjuku, Kabukicho, Golden Gaï...). Not only is the book beautifully edited, but it has an avant-garde side — thanks to a subtle multi-layered design. Behind the pictures, each page unfolds to another hidden scene, conferring multiple reading possibilities in a truly original way for a photobook. This confirms that Takehiko san is not only a good street photographer but also an experimenter in accordance with his time.
Maki is a French photographer who lives in Marseille (France). He exhibits his works in France and Japan and published two photo books with series that he took in Japan: Gûyu – Allegory (Timeshow Press – 2016) and Japan Somewhere(Zen Foto Gallery in Tokyo - 2018). He is also a publisher of the collection of mini photobooks Media Immediat (Ed Templeton, Onaka Koji, Morten Andersen...) and runs the “Photobooks Collectors” page on Facebook in which he introduces the photobooks he likes and recommends as well as the group "Japanese Photography". www.shashasha.co/en/artist/maki