Mariko Takeuchi, Japan, is a photography critic, an independent curator and associate professor of Kyoto University of Art and Design. She was visiting researcher of the National Museum of Art, Osaka, previously of the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo. Takeuchi was 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. She was responsible for the Japanese edition of the book and touring exhibition Intended Consequences: Rwandan Children Born of Rape by Jonathan Torgovnik. She has also frequently worked as a portfolio reviewer and lecturer at photography festivals. Takeuchi has contributed to Ryudai Takano's 1993-1996, Lieko Shiga's notebook | Rasen Kaigan, Osamu James Nakagawa's Gama Caves, and Takashi Arai's Monuments, among many other catalogues, books and magazines. She recently published the first bilingual collection of her texts on photography titled "Silence and Image: Essays on Japanese Photography" from Akaaka Art Publishing in 2018.