Shahrzad discovered photography in a darkroom and that space has proved to be the foundation of her practice. Her interests in the medium lie in its materials, its technical apparatus, and its chemical element. She researches and incorporates different chemical processes in her work as well as different papers and light sources. A pivotal aspect of photography to Shahrzad is in its materiality. The ability to touch a negative, to manipulate it physically, and not just the negative, but her physical interaction with the paper, the control of the chemicals and the light, all of the photographic components and their uses -and at times misuses-are crucial to her practice.