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PHOTO-EYE BEST BOOKS 2018
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Maki's favorite book from 2018

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".
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Maki's favorite book from 2018

After his magnificent first book, Huesped, Diego Moreno came to this year's Arles photo festival with this new, astonishing, and limited photobook, which confirms the talent and depth of this Mexican photographer.

As it's often the case with Inframundo's publications here again particular care has been taken in the originality of the production of this hand-bound book. Also, besides this intriguing and beautiful photo series about “Los Panzudos Mercedarios” (the stout guardians of the neighborhood of La Merced in San Cristóbal de las Casas in Chiapas, México), Diego Moreno's text brings us directly into his thoughts about both his dearest beings in precarious situation and, further, his life as a gay boy in Mexico. Deep and meaningful.


Maki (born in Marseille, France, 1964) is a French photographer who lives in Marseille. He exhibited his photo work in France and Japan and published several books, the last two are devoted to his series about Japan: Gûyu – Allegory (Timeshow Press / France – 2016) and Japan Somewhere (Zen Foto Gallery / Tokyo - 2018). He is also a photobook collector and publisher of the collection of mini photobooks Media Immediat (Ed Templeton, Onaka Koji, Morten Andersen…). He runs the “Photobooks Collectors” page on Facebook in which he introduces the photobooks he likes and recommends as well as the "Japanese Photography" group. View his work.