Firooz Zahedi was born in 1949 in Iran and raised in England. In 1969 he came to the United States to study at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. After graduating, he served as a diplomat, but subsequently enrolled at the Corcoran School of Art to pursue his passion.
At the Corcoran School of Art, Zahedi took several courses in Fine Art photography. While he was still a student, he befriended Andy Warhol, who encouraged him to take photographs for Interview magazine. A few years later, Zahedi was hired to photograph Elizabeth Taylor, a friend of his, on a film set in Hollywood. He had always been fascinated by movies, and realized that he wanted to stay and work in Hollywood.
Zahedi has succeeded in becoming one of the most established photographers in Hollywood. He has exhibited at locations around the world, including The National Portrait Gallery in London, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), and the Katara Foundation in Doha.