National Geographic photographer Justin Guariglia became the first foreign shooter to document the mysterious Chinese Buddhist monks of the Shaolin Temple, resulting in the lauded Shaolin: Temple of Zen (Aperture, 2007). His recent book, Johor: Asia Latitude One (de.Mo, 2011), was the result of a two-month commission by His Royal Highness the Sultan of Johor and Her Royal Highness Raja Zarith Sofiah to capture the vibrant Malaysian state. The consequential travelogue and documentary is a brilliant collaboration, equally matched between Guariglia and writer, John Krich. It is an intelligent, yet seductive account of a Southeast Asian culture not yet entwined in the throes of contemporary industrialization. And the book itself is as remarkable as a three-dimensional object as it is for the work within—a Japanese-style binding and French-folded pages make it coffee table art.