Noriko Hayashi (b.1983) is a Japanese documentary photographer based in Tokyo.
Noriko began taking pictures for a small local newspaper "The Point" in Gambia, West Africa, when she was still an university student in International Relations.
Working in a small place like Gambia, which is rarely the focus of international news but is full of interesting stories, taught Noriko the value of detailing the overlooked realities of every strand of society.
Her work has been recongized with awards including the Visa d’Or feature award at the Visa Pour l'image festival in France in 2013, 1st Prize of NPPA Best of Photojournalism in Contemporary Issue Stories 2014,the1st prize of DAYS JAPAN International Photojournalism Award in 2012 and the 3rd prize in 2013. Her documentary work was finalist for the Alexia Foundation professional grant 2013 and for Amnesty International Media Awards 2014. In 2015, she was selected to take part in the World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass.
Her works have been published internationally such as International Herald Tribune, The Washington Post, Der Spiegel, National Geographic Japan, De standaard, LA Times, Marie Claire UK, Le monde, Newsweek and DAYS JAPAN.
Permanent Collection - K*MoPA, Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Art, Yamanashi JAPAN
Unholy Matrimony (Japanese only) 138pages Nikkei National Geographic
The prayer of the Yazidis (Japanese, English and German) 223pages AKAAKA