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


2022 Group exhibition at the STRIPED HOUSE GALLERY
2021 selected as one of the 10 selected artists in the SNS project of the Brazilian photography me- dia "FestFoto"
2021 Group exhibition at the STRIPED HOUSE GALLERY
2020 Solo exhibition - Gallery Storks
2020 Group exhibition at the STRIPED HOUSE GALLERY
2018 Portfolio Reviews at FOTOFEST international (Houston)
2018 Group exhibition at the Yokohama Station Gallery
2017 Group exhibition at the Yokohama Station Gallery


"My Mindfulness"
  • LensCulture’s Critics’ Choice 2021_Editor’s Picks
  • 17th Julia Margaret Cameron Awards 2021_Professional_Fine Art _Honorable Mentions
  • PX3 - The Prix de la Photographie_2021_Professional_Fine Art_Honorable Mentions
  • International PhotographyAwards2021_Professional_Fine Art / Collage_Honorable Mentions
"My Mother’s Life : A Woman from the Showa Era"
  • Critical Mass2020_Finalist Top 200
  • PX3 - The Prix de la Photographie_2020_Professional _FineArt / Other _Honorable Mentions
  • International PhotographyAwards_2020_Professional _Deeper Perspective_Honorable Mentions
  • 15th Julia Margaret Cameron Awards_2019_Professional_Women Seen by Women_Honorable Mentions
"Articulating the Subconscious Mind"
  • 15th Julia Margaret Cameron Awards 2019_Professional_Abstract_Honorable Mentions
  • International PhotographyAwards2018_Professional _Fine Art-Collage_Honorable Mentions