Look at Me, Firooz Zahedi’s forthcoming book, catalogues four decades of the Iranian-born photographer’s most arresting celebrity portraits—a career that was launched after a chance meeting with Andy Warhol led to an assignment to photograph Washington Post reporter Sally Quinn for Interview magazine. “The stories behind each picture will be told through journal entries and letters I received from the subjects,” he says.
His famed image of Jennifer Lopez is included in the exhibition “Vanity Fair: Hollywood Calling” at the Annenberg Space for Photography, while his portraits of Elizabeth Taylor, captured during a tour of Iran in 1976, are in the permanent collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
Recently, Zahedi expanded his repertoire to include interiors, many of which are featured in his book City of Angels: Houses and Gardens of L.A., and made his curatorial debut with “Art in Architecture,” on view at the Bunker in West Palm Beach, Florida.
A version of this article first appeared in print in our 2019 Spring Issue under the headline Creative Minds. Subscribe to the magazine.