Hideko Kataoka


Hideko Kataoka is a photo editor, curator, educator, and director of photography, Newsweek Japan.

Having joined Newsweek Japan as a photographer in 1991 – covering national news, social issues and portraiture of world business and cultural leaders – Kataoka was appointed director of photography at the publication in 2001. 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, she created the ‘Picture Power’ section in the magazine, a weekly photo essay that captures underreported topics from around the world. The book Ten Years of Picture Power, with selected photo stories from this section, was published in 2014.

Hideko has been a lecturer in photojournalism and documentary photography at Tokyo Polytechnic University since 2013, and serves as a member of the External Review Committee at Tokyo Photographic Art Museum. She participates in portfolio reviews and has served as a juror at international photography festivals and competitions, such as World Press Photo, FotoFest and many others. 

World Press Photo Involvement: 
2023 World Press Photo Contest Asia jury chair
2014 World Press Photo Contest jury member
2010 World Press Photo Contest jury member
Joop Swart Masterclass nominator
6x6 Global Talent Program nominator

Hideko Kataoka on Social Media: 
Instagram: @decotky
Twitter: @Hideko_Kataoka

Hideko Kataoka
Portrait credit: Tomohisa Tobitsuka