Satomi Shirai is originally from Tokyo, and currently lives and works in New York. She completed the full-time Certificate Program at International Center of Photography in 2007, and received her MFA from CUNY Hunter College in 2010. Her works have been exhibited nationally and internationally including at Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, National Portrait Gallery in London, and Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C. Her photographs are in the collection of Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography and Kiyosato Museum of Photographic art.