The people we love the most often remain impossible for us to fully understand. In his latest book, "Intimate Puzzle," French photographer Maki focuses on Masami, the woman with whom he shares his life. Through photographs taken over many years, we see Masami in various situations of everyday life: sitting across the table in a restaurant, sharing an elevator, looking at her face while she sleeps, each photo revealing (or adding) another facet of her being. Maki, usually an analog enthusiast, shot the entire series with his cell phone camera. Perhaps because of the cell phone's own status as a ubiquitous part of modern life, Maki has succeeded in creating a series that never loses its fascination with its inexhaustible subject.

“To articulate in a few words the exceptional being that is Masami would be impossible and unnecessary, for it is my hope that such essence permeates and emanates from the pages of this book.”
― from Maki’s afterword (included in French, English, and Japanese)

-Book Size
200 × 200 mm
120 pages, 111 images
-Publication Year
English, Japanese, French
-Limited Edition

Artist Profile


Born and based in Marseilles, France,
Maki is a photographer, publisher, composer of acousmatic music, DJ and radio producer.
Began taking photographs when he was 15 years old and studied photography in school in the early 80's.

He began his photographic career working as a photographer within the field of advertising, industrial photography, still photography, and modelling agencies. Disappointed he stopped shooting for a period of 6 years before returning to photography from 2000 onwards with a more personal and experimental approach.

In 2007 Maki was a founding member of the collective of European photographers SMOKE (Roger Guaus, Jukka Onnela, Monia Montali, Laetitia Donval, François Bodeux, Idalina Pedrosa and Maki).

In 2010 he founded Média Immédiat Editions. A collection of mini photo books. 10 mini books have been published to date with Onaka Koji, Morten Andersen, Ed Templeton, Ichiba Daisuke…

Maki has exhibited his workds in both Europe and Japan and has published his works in numerous international publications.