Her work is intimately linked to her identity as a Muslim woman living in Iran and 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 the status of women. She admits that being a woman in Iran is hard, and working as a woman photographer is even harder. But this has not stopped her from pursuing photography. I like all the things that are hard to do! First I love photography, which is not hard itself. But if you wanted to work on womens issue, you have some difficulties, considering Iran and its situation, she adds.
Ghadirian calls her second series of work, Unfocused, done in the year 2000, as the turning point of her career. After being stuck like a stalemate, I could feel that I was a real photographer, she says. Though she faced initial hiccups in selling her photographs, it was exhibiting her pictures in public galleries was the biggest hurdle she faced, which is a thing of the past now. She calls her series, Like Everyday as one of the closest to her heart, juxtaposing the realities of women against the domestic appliances of the stereotypical world of the professional housewife. And for this revolutionary change maker, its her life and all the simple things that inspire her to continue her journey.