Shadi Ghadirian, born in 1974 in Tehran, Iran, is considered one of the most important female photographers of the Middle East. She completed her studies at Azad University in Tehran, specialising in Photography. After completing her education, Ghadirian focused her first two art projects on women. This move steered the path of her career, making women a focal point of her photography and her oeuvre. Upon first glace, the importance of Ghadirian’s identity, as a Muslim woman in Iran in her art is indisputable. Her identity permeates through her work and becomes a self-exploratory exercise that aims to discredit the archetype of the quiet women of the Middle East. Nonetheless, her art also deals with issues relevant to women living in other parts of the world. She questions the role of women in society and explores ideas of censorship, religion, modernity, and status. Ghadirian's demand in the western art world is increasing rapidly. Her work has been exhibited in museums and galleries across Europe, and the U.S.A. She has also been featured in print and electronic media (including the New York Times, Photography Now, the Daily Telegraph, the BBC and others). Her work is in the collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, among others.