Satomi Shirai is originally from Tokyo. She received her BA from Musashino Art University in Tokyo in 1996 and MFA from CUNY Hunter College in 2010. Her work investigates the concept of “home” from the perspective of an immigrant assimilating to life in urban America. She has exhibited internationally, including shows at the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography and National Portrait Gallery in London. Her work is featured in the recent issue of European Photography 89 and is on view in the group show Portraiture Now: Asian American Portraits of Encounter at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C. through October 2012. She lives and works in New York City.