Ilona Szwarc was born and raised in Warsaw, Poland. In 2008, she immigrated to New York City, USA, where she lives and works. She has had solo exhibitions at Foley Gallery in New York City, Claude Samuel Gallery in Paris and Maison de la Photographie in Lille, France, and has been shown in group shows internationally – in London, Bilbao, Lodz, Chicago and New York. Szwarc was awarded by World Press Photo in 2013 and PDN Annual in 2012. She was also chosen as one of PDN’s 30 New and Emerging Photographers to Watch in 2014.