Maki Hayashida, born in 1984 in Hyogo, is a Tokyo-based photographer who travels around rural areas in Japan, finding the extraordinary in ordinary rural landscapes. She specializes in making photobooks on her own, self-editing, printing, and binding. Her handmade photo books have been exhibited worldwide. She learned the fundamental of photography when she was a one-year exchange student at high school in Minnesota. At Mt.Rokko International Photo Festival 2015, she has been selected as an emerging photographer. She currently works as an account executive at an advertising agency.