Why are you called Makina?
The Plaubel Makina was a camera popular with a wave of British photographers (e.g., Paul Graham, Anna Fox, Paul Reas) in the 1980s and 1990s–especially those coming through the West Surrey College of Art. I love much of that work and in particular the way those photographers used photobooks as a medium to share their projects. In 2003 my Grandmother, Nell Honnor died and I wanted to buy something I could remember her by–so I bought a Plaubel Makina with the money she left me.
Can I subscribe to Makina?
Yes, absolutely—please do. This is the best thing if you don’t want to miss a title and it helps us to keep producing more. Please get in touch and we will invoice you each time we produce a new title (approx 4 times a year) for as long as you like.
Do you want to publish my book?
We are always keen to see new work and are especially interested in making records and partnerships of archival value—in particular things that wouldn’t exist otherwise. Please do send us a PDF but note that we have currently programmed our next four titles.
Ordering & Delivery
Where can I buy your books?
All of our titles are available from us directly; we offer extra items (like badges) for customers who pre order through us online. Makina Books are also available from Tome Records (London) and Good Press (Glasgow). The people running these shops are heroes and we recommend you check out what they do. If you are interested in stocking our books, please do get in touch.
I live in London or Exeter and don’t want to pay postage
That’s fine! Please select the ‘Collect from Makina’ option when you are at the checkout and contact us to arrange collection.
How long will I have to wait to receive my order?
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.
What sort of packaging do you use?
We use recycled all-board book mailers to ensure you receive your books safely. Most of our books come supplied in an archival sleeve. You’ll know it’s us as we usually hand-paint and stamp each package.
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