Hideko Kataoka has been director of photography at Newsweek, Japan, since 2001. She joined the magazine as a photographer in 1991, covering national news, social issues and portraiture of world business and cultural leaders.
As director of photography, she oversees and directs photography both for the printed and digital editions of the magazine as well as its special issues. In 2004, Kataoka launched the Picture Power section in the magazine, a weekly photo essay that captures underreported topics around the world.
Kataoka is a lecturer at Tokyo Polytechnic University, does portfolio reviews and has served as a juror at international photography festivals and competitions, such as World Press Photo (2010) and FotoFest.