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Born in Japan and raised in Australia, Isamu Sawa is one of Australia’s leading commercial photographers, with a career spanning more than 20 years. He has worked for high-level commercial clients including Mercedes Benz, Mazda, Holden, Domaine Chandon and Penfolds. His editorial work has also featured in GQ, The Age and Vogue magazines, shooting portraits of well-known identities including fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier, actor Geoffrey Rush and champion cyclist Cadel Evans. 

He has exhibited photographic works with his late father, Peter Sawa, at the Joshua McClelland Print Room (Two Generations – Two Views in 1999); at group shows at The Compound Interest (The Material Series – Foto @ Pin Up, in 2013 and 2014); his first solo show Without Water in Melbourne (2015); Black Eye Gallery in Sydney, NSW (2017) and ‘REMNANT’ in Melbourne (2019).

Known to friends simply as ‘Issey’, he lives in Melbourne, Australia, with his wife Basia and their young daughter, Hannah.