Pablo Cabado was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. 
His work has been shown in one-person and group exhibitions in the U.S., France, Italy, Spain, Cuba, Mexico, and Argentina, among other countries. In 1989 he received the Young Photographer of the Year award from the International Center of Photography (ICP) in New York City. In addition to his Guggenheim Fellowship, his other honors include ICP's Infinity Award; the Mother Jones Documentary Photography Award; the Gran Premio de Honor del Salon Nacional de Artes Visuales (Argentina, 2000); and grants from Argentina's Fundación Antorchas (1994) and Fondo Nacional de las Artes (1999).

He lives and works in Argentina and photographs with a large-format camera.