Frieke Janssens – Smoking Kids

the cultural differences between the east and west, and questioned the notion of of smoking as an adult activity.


Takashi Murakami “Kaikai Kiki”


“In Japanese we have this adjective, kikikaikai, which we use for strange things or phenomena, things that are frightening, disturbing or make us uneasy. But in this case, I was not referring directly to that expression but to another one which, although based on the same sounds, is written with different Chinese ideograms, kikikaikai. This term, that was used by an art critic in the late 16th Century… embraces several different notions: bravery and power, with all the seductiveness those traits may have and at the same time a keen sensitivity. This was the mixture of qualities that was considered elegant at the time, aesthetically speaking… And since I found the expression kikikaikai had a very attractive sound and because the names suited them, I baptized these two characters Kaikai and Kiki. With these three characters – Oval, Kaikai and Kiki – I wanted, I think, to create my own ‘gods of art.”
T. Murakami, quoted in Takashi Murakami Kaikai Kiki, exh. cat., Paris and London, 2002, p. 87

Paris Photo: LA

Paris Photo: LA

Paris Photo was created in 1996 and is the most prestigious art fair dedicated to historical and contemporary photography. This fair takes place annually at the Grand Palais in Paris mid-November and at the Paramount Pictures Studios in Los Angeles at the end of April. Over the past 16 years, Paris Photo has become a significant event for collectors of contemporary and modern art, photography professionals, artists, as well as for an ever-growing audience of art appreciators. Each edition is unique and brings together a distinguished selection of exhibitors with diverse collections focused on the photographic medium. A public program is also an important component of the fairs which is built around cultural events involving artists, art world professionals, collectors, and cultural institutions.

Bookshop M

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Bookshop M

“bookshop M” was established in 2005 and has been organizing by the creative design studio “MATCH and Company” based in Tokyo, who stands out in photography and editorial design. One of the specific features of MATCH and Company is deep knowledge about indispensable factors for book making: typography, paper, ink, printing, and binding and also history of book design, methods, and materials widely. bookshop M started to distribute abroad their original photography publications with limited 700-1000 editions through internet in 2009.

The organizer and art director, Satoshi Machiguchi (MATCH), is highly regarded in designing graphical materials. Many photographers respect his ability to deeply understand photography and also draw out the essence of each photographer. The curator, Hisako Motoo, works in collaboration with bookshop M as the editor. She is one of the most important persons in Japanese photography.

The art director, Hikari Machiguchi, works in photography and editorial designing also. His unique idea makes their activity wider and more interesting.

The roles of bookshop M is for broadening distribution channels of both labels and the books they design, furthermore, being itself the communication medium directly between readers and the publisher, and making mutual cooperation with good bookshops based on truly understanding each other all over world.