One of Iran’s leading contemporary photographers
Shadi Ghadirian is an Iranian artist best known for her series of photographs, “Like Every Day” and “Qajar Series,” which have brought her international attention. Ghadirian was raised in Iran and studied photography at Azad University in Tehran. After finishing her B.A. she began a professional career in photography. Her first project, the Qajar Series (1998-2001), led her into featuring women as her subjects. Her project consisted of a representation of 19th-century Iranian women in Qajar style, mixed with symbols of modernity and globalization, such as a newspaper, mountain bike, or Coca-Cola can. She later worked on her “Like Every Day” series after her marriage to the photographer, Peyman Hooshmand-Zadeh. This project is a commentary on women’s daily routines and how that has defined them. Her work has been exhibited in museums and galleries in Europe and the United States; it is part of the permanent collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Ghadirian currently works at the Museum of Photography in Tehran.