Sato was born in Tokyo, Japan in 1969. He graduated from the Tokyo College of Photography in 1992. He became a staff photographer at Kyodo News after graduated from Waseda University, School of Letters, Arts and Sciences in 1995. He has been become a freelance photographer since 2002.

He was the recipient of the 21th Tadahiko Hayashi Award in 2012 and Photographic Society of Japan, Newcomer’s Award in 2009. He has many exhibitions at home and abroad. He published “Night Lights”, “Risen in the East”, “TOKYO TWILIGHT ZONE” from Seigensha.