About Gelareh Kiazand

Gelareh Kiazand based between NYC and Toronto was born in Iran 1981. She worked in Iran’s film industry for six years post graduation, initially working as a film photographer for Iran’s feature films and later as a Director of photography for documentaries.

This enabled her to travel across Iran to some of the countries most remote locations. She was chosen, alongside others, to have her work in the top 100 photos exhibited at the Museum of Modern Arts in Tehran as well as Arles Photo Festival in 2017. Her last series of photographs for Kiarostami’s film SHIRIN has been published in several books.

In 2010 she moved to Afghanistan working as a Creative director and filmmaker, directing a 13 part documentary series all across Afghanistan, from Kandahar to Badakhshan documenting health and women’s issues. In 2013 her freelance career as a DP/ Producer took further shape, working for various outlets such as:

VICE, Hollywood, PBS, Al Jazeera, ARTE and HBO taking her across all 7 continents which garnered her 2 News Emmy’s for her work in Afghanistan.

Her TEDxTehran talk focuses on these travels and the ambition behind them. In 2016, she became one of Iran’s first female Director of Photography for a Cinematic feature film post revolution.


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