Firooz Zahedi was born in Tehran, Iran, in 1949. He grew up in England and, in 1969, he went to the United States to attend the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. After a brief career as a diplomat he enrolled at the Corcoran School of Art and graduated in 1976 earning a degree in Visual Communication. While still at art school he began working as a photographer for Andy Warhol's Interview. Later, Elizabeth Taylor became his mentor and friend and in 1978 he accompanied the actress to Hollywood and worked on a film set as her personal photographer. He remained in Los Angeles and built a successful career that culminated in a contract withVanity Fair in 1990. His photographs have appeared on the covers of the British GQ, French Vogue, Tatler, Time, Glamour, Town & Country, InStyle, and many other publications. Ranging from the iconic poster for the movie Pulp Fiction to album covers for Barbara Streisand and Diana Ross, Zahedi has produced some of the most prominent advertising and publicity campaigns for film, television, and music companies. He has exhibited his celebrity portraits as well as his fine art photography at galleries in Los Angeles, New York, London, Dubai, and Basel. His photographs are in the permanent collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art as well as the Norton Museum in West Palm Beach, Florida. My Elizabeth a pictorial book of his 35 years of friendship with Elizabeth Taylor was published by Glitterati Incorporated in 2016. City of Angels, a book on a select group of architectural homes in Los Angeles was published by Vendome Press in 2018. Look at Me, published by Pointed Leaf Press is his third book.
....between assignments for Vanity Fair, Vogue, GQ, and other
glossies, Zahedi established a reputation for his glamorous
Despite the star power of his subjects and the fame of the portraits themselves, Zahedi tries to connect with his subjects as people. The photos are a tribute to the photographer's long-running love for those faces on the big screen: "In the end I did land in Hollywood with all those beautiful people and got to photograph them."--Vanity Fair
Discover the private life of photographer Richard Avedon, the colorful work of Trina Turk, and the movie stars in the orbit of lensman Firooz Zahedi.--C Magazine
From Elizabeth Taylor to Jennifer Lopez, photographer Firooz Zahedi, BFA '76, is renowned for his portraits of the world's most glamorous celebrities. In a new book, he reflects on making Hollywood's brightest lights shine.--Columbian College of Arts & Science, Washington, DC
That overwhelming amount of source material is clearly shown in Look at Me, with each image as striking and intimate as the next.--Vanity Fair