Mariko Takeuchi is a photography critic, independent curator and associate professor of Kyoto University of Art and Design. Prior to this, she was also visiting researcher of the National Museum of Art, Osaka, previously of the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo. Takeuchi was also guest curator for the Spotlight on Japan of Paris Photo 2008, and received a Fulbright Grant for her research on photography education in the US. In 2016 she was curator of Japan section at Dubai Photo Exhibition. Takeuchi is based in Kyoto, Japan, and has a M.A. in Arts from Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan.
Takeuchi has been responsible for various photography projects, including the Japanese edition of the book and touring exhibition Intended Consequences: Rwandan Children Born of Rape by Jonathan Torgovnik, which later won Discovery ward at the Rencontres d'Arles festival, France. She co-curated a touring exhibition Contemplation: Emerging Female Photographers from Japan together with Osamu James Nakagawa. She has been jury for numerous awards including Professional Competition at Sony World Photography Awards, Tokyo International Photography Competition, and Hariban Award as well as nominator for Infinity Awards, Joop Swart Masterclass (master in 2011 and 2012), Prix Pictet among many others.
Besides her regular articles on newspapers, Takeuchi has contributed to Lieko Shiga’s notebook| Rasen Kaigan, Takashi Arai’s Monuments, Osamu James Nakagawa’s Gama Caves, Time Present: Photography from the Deutsche Bank Collection, The Oxford Companion to the Photograph and Nihon No Shashinka 101 (101 Japanese photographers), among many other catalogues, books and magazines.