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Noriko Takasugi

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Noriko Takasugi

​高杉 紀子




Born in Japan, currently based in Tokyo. 

Majored in clinical psychology in Waseda University and graduated from the MA Photojournalism & Documentary Photography at London College of Communication, University of the Arts London.

Since 2004, I have studied from Masato Seto, a former student of Daido Moriyama and one of the adjudicators of current Kimura Ihei Awards.

Working as an editor for monthly graphic magazines, specializing in nature and travel, led me to increase my strong passion for photography and storytelling. Connecting with people who have their culture strongly associated with their land, and integrating myself with them through photography has always fascinated me and at the same time given me the opportunity to find myself.


My current photographic practice and longer term project work is looking at Japanese identities and the relationship between man and environment with a particular emphasis on the people of Fukushima.

In 2011, along with 8 other photographers, I started the ‘Fukushima Photo Project’. The project consisted of photography workshops with people who were evacuated from the reactor exclusion zone and an exhibition, 9 Photographer’s Eyes. This was co-organized with Fukushima prefectural museum with the support of Canon Marketing Japan Inc. 



Recent Major Publications:


- October 2016: Harper's BAZAAR ART, Harper's BAZAAR November issue 2016, Japan

- October 2016: Fukushima Samurai, Fraction Magazine Issue 91 

- June 2016: Yayoi Kusama, Harper’s BAZAAR Talking Points (Limited Edition for Victoria Miro)

- 10 March 2016: Fukushima 5th years on, Le Monde the grand format and main paper

- November 2014: Fukushima Samurai, Raw View (Photo Raw Magazine)

- 30 August 2014: "Ever increasing circles (Yayoi Kusama)", The Sunday Telegraph (online version)


- July 2014: "The Rockabilly Culture in Harajuku, Tokyo – Elvis Week", fotografia

- July 2014: "Photo exhibition of Fukushima Samurai -Asahi ni niou Yamazakura", in Tohoku Magu

- March 2014: Harajuku Rockabilly, the Quartery

- 10 March 2014: Fukushima Samurai, Epsilon magazine, which comes out on the Sunday edition of Eleftherotipia (Greek major newspaper)

- 20 January 2014: Fukushima Samurai – The Story Of Identity, by Noriko Takasugi, IPA Photo essay, The Invisible Photographer Asia 

- 17 January 2014: Fukushima Samurai, Square Magazine

- 11 January 2014: Anish Kapoor's Ark, The Sunday Telegraph (online version)

- 9 Decemvber 2013: "Features and Essays PJL: December 2013", TIME’s Lightbox photo blog

- 30 December 2013: Review of five emerging photography trends from 2013 in IMSO

- 3 December 2013: "Samurai in Fukushima Guard a 1,000-Year-Old Tradition" in

- August 2013: "Furusato karano Syutsujin - SomaNomaoi", in Tohoku Magu

- 20 August 2013: "After the flood" in OUTSIDE IN, Royal Bank of Scotland Group (RBS)

- 16 April 2013: "Noriko Takasugi's Fukushima Photography Projects" in IMSO 

- 10 March 2013: “Fukushima Samurai two years on” in Independent on Sunday (and online)

- 13 December 2012: “It is What it Was” Accompanying catalogue for the Final Show of the MA Photojournalism & Documentary Photography at London College of Communication, University of the Arts London 

- 13 December 2012: “Fukushima Samurai – the story of identity”, Photobook, self published





- November 2015: Finalist of Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2015

- September 2015: Photoquoi 2015

- August 2014: Asian Woman Photographers Showcase


- March 2014: Photobook “Fukushima Samurai – the story of identity” was selected for G book show

- October 2013: Selected for Portrait Salon 2013 

- August 2013: Scholarship and finalist of Critical Mass 2013, Photolucida

- June 2013: Shortlisted for FotoFIlmic'13

- June 2013: Finalist of Royal Photographic Society156th International Print Exhibition

- April 2013: Shortlisted for the The Deutsche Bank Awards for Creative Enterprises in Photography 2013 

- February 2013: Photobook “Fukushima Samurai – the story of identity” was selected for E book show


Languages: Japanese, English

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