Gelareh Kiazand, based between Tehran and Toronto, was born in Iran in 1981, and studied in London and Toronto. She worked in Iran's film industry for six years, initially as a film photographer for Iran's feature films and later as a director of photography for documentaries. During her time in Iran, Gelareh was nominated three times for best film photographer, won best cinematographer at the Basij Film Festival as well as best documentary at the Tehran film festival. 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. In 2010 she moved to Afghanistan working as a creative director and filmmaker, directing a 130-part documentary series across Afghanistan. In 2013, her freelance career took shape as a camerawoman and producer, working for various outlets such as VICE, Paramount, PBS, ARTE, and academy award winner producers. This led her to become one of Iran's first female Director of Photography for a Cinematic feature film post revolution.