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

1960Born in Kyoto, Japan
1983Graduated from Nihon University College of Art
1983-1985Worked as an assistant photographer
1985Became independent as a freelance commercial photographer
1993Established AOYAMA NORIKO Ltd.
2017Participated in SAMURAI FOTO group exhibition 2017
2018Participated in SAMURAI FOTO group exhibition 2018
2018Awarded an Honorable Mention [ Articulating the Subconscious Mind ] in the 2018 International Photography Awards Professional division.
2019Participated in the NOVOSIBIRSK INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF CONTEMPORARY PHOTOGRAPHY in Russia