Noriko Aoyama / 青山紀子

I have survived through the instability of a competitive society as a freelance photographer since the 1980s, when there were hardly any females in the field of commercial photography in Japan. However, I realized how powerless I was to do anything when the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami took place. This is because I didn't immediately think to help the people who were affected, despite the fact that I was working in the front line in an occupation that requires a lot of physical strength. From then on, I started searching for the best thing I could do. As expected, the answer involved photography, but with photographs that heal people and give them strength rather than commercial photographs. In order to produce these kinds of photographs, I dug deep within myself to seek the source of my pain. The reason for this is because I believed that being aware of my own pain would lead to being able to relieve the pain of others.

SAMURAI FOTO

CV

1983Graduated from Nihon University College of Art
1983-1985 Worked as an assistant photographer
1985Became independent as a freelance commercial photographer
1993Established AOYAMA NORIKO Ltd.
2011Started creating fine art works in earnest

Activities

2020Solo exhibition - Gallery Storks
2020SAMURAIFOTO group exhibition
2019NOVOSIBIRSK INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF CONTEMPORARY PHTOGRAPHY in Russia
2018Portfolio Reviews at FOTOFEST international (Houston)
2018SAMURAIFOTO group exhibition
2017SAMURAIFOTO group exhibition

Awards

2020Critical Mass Finalist Top 200
202015th Julia Margaret Cameron Awards , 4 Honorable Mentions
2020PX3 Prix de la Photographie de Paris , Honorable Mention
2020International Photography Awards( IPA2020 ) , Honorable Mention
2018International Photography Awards( IPA2018 ) , Honorable Mention