About Us

Makina is an independent publisher based in Stoke Newington, London. Our books celebrate independent voices in photography, poetry, fiction and prose.

I’m Robin and I started Makina in Glasgow in 2016. My initial aim was to make affordable pocket-sized photo books and share some of the work I loved seeing online that wasn’t being ‘saved’ physically. Now my remit has expanded to include poetry, fiction and audio in Makina’s output. I currently make collectable books in the ongoing series’ New Words and Makina Archive. In 2019 I launched the Makina Books Podcast which focusses on narratives in publishing.

Makina is named after the Plaubel Makina, a medium format camera popular with the new colour documentarists in the 1980s. The ‘Makina’ makes a 6×7 frame, the inspiration for our boxier format celebrated in our ongoing New Words series.

Our titles are held in several collections, including; Whitney Museum of American Art Library (New York) National Library of Scotland, Stills Centre for Photography, University of the Arts London and the National Poetry Library (London).

Distribution, Trade & Ordering


Cornerhouse Publications Ltd
2 Tony Wilson Place
Manchester, M15 4FN, UK
Tel: +44 (0)161 212 3466 / 3468

Trade orders:

NBN International
Tel: +44 (0) 1752 202301

For all other enquiries, please contact

Web orders:

We are a small entity, but endeavour to dispatch orders via Royal Mail twice a week. Please remember to leave adequate time for overseas orders to arrive before getting in touch to let us know that an order hasn’t yet arrived. We use recycled all-board book mailers to ensure you receive your books safely.


This list of shops changes often, but I try to keep it up to date. If you would like to stock any of our titles, please contact or use the contact form below:

Books Peckham
Burley Fisher Books
Camden Arts Centre
Chener Books
London Review Bookshop
Pages of Cheshire Street
Pages of Hackney
Tate Modern Bookshop
The Photographers’ Gallery
Ti Pi Tin
Tome Records

Good Press
Minnow Books
Setanta Books
Specialist Subject Records
Storysmith Books

North America
Printed Matter
Ooga Booga


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