From Vanity Fair to Glamour to Time, Firooz Zahedi‘s photography has graced some of the world’s most prominent magazines. His portfolio of portrait subjects has been equally extensive. Uma Thurman (and her iconic bed photo in Pulp Fiction), Diana Ross, Angelina Jolie, Leonardo DiCaprio and John Travolta are a few of the many Hollywood celebrities to pose for Zahedi.
Born in Iran in 1949, Zahedi grew up in England and moved to America in 1969 to study at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. However, he had a deep passion for the arts. After graduating he served as a diplomat, but eventually enrolled at the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, DC to pursue his passion. It was there that Zahedi met Andy Warhol, whom he later photographed for Interview magazine.
In the mid-’70s Zahedi also became friendly with actress Elizabeth Taylor when she was involved with his cousin, Iranian Ambassador to the United States Ardeshir Zahedi. Hired to photograph her on her film sets, Zahedi also accompanied Taylor on her 1976 trip to Iran. As they visited some of the country’s most famous (and photogenic) landmarks, Zahedi documented their travels through photographs. The resulting images captured a carefree and whimsical side of Taylor, away from movie sets and crowds.
Firooz Zahedi’s spectacular new book, My Elizabeth , Filled with dazzling images and a wealth of intimate detail, this revealing photographic memoir should be on every coffee table.
Firooz’s photos of “his” Elizabeth—many of which we see here for the first time—are stunning expressions of the unconscious pas de duet between artist and subject; then artist and artist—and, ultimately, artist and friend.
This charming, often witty recollection casts Elizabeth Taylor in a role we’ve never seen her play. She’s cool, unpretentious, and a ton of fun. Somebody you’d love to hang with on a rainy Sunday afternoon, lazing on a plush sofa, sipping Haut Brion and watching old movies on TCM…oh so thrilled to have found a place in this legend’s sun.