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.



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.
2015Started creating fine art works in earnest


2020Solo exhibition - Gallery Storks
2020SAMURAIFOTO group exhibition
2018Portfolio Reviews at FOTOFEST international (Houston)
2018SAMURAIFOTO group exhibition
2017SAMURAIFOTO group exhibition


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