Born in 1977 in Kobe, Japan, Tomoko Sawada lives and works in Kobe and New York.
She is the recipient of the Higashikawa Prize in 2008, Photo-eye’s Best Books of 2006, the Bleue Mer Award in 2006, the ICP Infinity Award in 2004, and the 29th Kimura Ihei Memorial Photography Award in 2004.
She has exhibited extensively including at the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh (2012), the Joan Miró Foundation in Barcelona (2008), and the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York (2005).
Her works are in major public collections, such as the National Museum of Modern Art in Kyoto, the Maison Européenne de la Photographie in Paris, the MoMA and the International Center of Photography in New York. Sawada is represented by MEM Gallery in Tokyo.