Ali Mahdavi is a photographer, filmmaker and artistic director. Born in Tehran in 1974, Mahdavi fled Iran in 1981 with his family and settled in Paris. He studied art and fashion at L’Ecole Boulle, L'école Duperré, The Royal College of Art in London and L’Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts de Paris.
Mahdavi's work has appeared in Vogue, Vanity Fair, GQ, Numéro, i-D and Dazed and he has worked with brands like Cartier, Thierry Mugler, Christian Louboutin, Dom Pérignon. He was the artistic director of the 'Désirs' show at Crazy Horse Paris from 2008-2017. His drawings and paintings have been exhibited at the Gray M.C.A gallery in London. In 2012, Mahdavi directed the short film Forbidden Love, starring Dita Von Teese and Djanis Bouzyani.