Hideko Kataoka has been director of photography at Newsweek Japan, since 2001. She joined the magazine as a photographer in 1991, covering news and social issues in East Asia, as well as making portraits of world business and cultural leaders. As director of photography, she oversees and directs photography both for the magazine and its special issues.
In 2004, Hideko launched the Picture Power section in the magazine, a weekly photo essay that captures underreported topics around the world, published “Ten Years of Picture Power”, a book with selected photo stories from the section, in 2014. She has expanded her editorial work and is now a regular lecturer of at Tokyo Polytechnic University since 2013 and an external review committee member at Tokyo Photographic Art Muse