Layla Sailor

Lecturer in Photography

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After completing a Degree in Photography at MMU in 2005, I  have continued to combine commercial Fashion Photography with Fine Art and Filmmaking, receiving an Honourable mention at the 2009, 2013 & 2014 IPA Awards and the Grand Prize for ‘Art Takes Paris’ in 2013.  In 2015 I received 2 nominations at the Berlin Fashion Film Festival.  Inspired by Cinematography and Religious Iconography, I created dreamike, surrealist works that reference traditional crafts, humour, sexuality and politics. 

I  have exhibited in numerous group and solo shows including the Cornerhouse, Printemps Paris, Nouvel Organon Paris, Harvey Nichols, and Red Bull studios London. I am currently based in Manchester and works both in the UK and Internationally.

I joined the University of Salford in 2008 as photography demonstrator for Fashion Image Making & Styling and left in 2012 to become a freelance photographer and Hourly Paid Lecturer in Fashion Photography at Uclan. I returned to Salford university in 2015 to join the current team as part time Lecturer in Photography.



I am passionate about developing a real connection between education and current industry practices and I try to share and reflect upon my experience as a practicing artist within my teaching.   I have participated in various industry talks, symposiums and workshops with both students and professional photographers and use these experiences to inform my practice.

Research Interests

Research Interests

I have worked as a freelance artist since 2012 alongside teaching. I am especially interested in how fashion, costume and constructed identities can be, and have been, used as resistance and how this can be communicated through the use of photography and film.  I enjoy seeking new types of placement and modes of communication for fashion imagery alongside developing technology that supports this.

Qualifications and Memberships

BA (Hons) Photography – 2005 Manchester Metropolitan University

Hasselblad Advanced Training (Copenhagen)  2008



Sept 2005 - ‘Light of a Kind’, Ashton Art Gallery UK (Group)

March 2012 - ‘Visions Couture’ (Showstudio), Printemps Paris (Group)  

June 2012 - ‘Haecceity Project’, Nouvel Organon Paris (Group)

July 2013 - ‘Sailor Stannard’ 2022nq, Manchester (with Lisa Stannard)

Nov 2013 - Under The Skin’, The Bay Horse, Manchester (Solo)

Nov 2013 - ‘Layla Sailor’ Gallerie 66, Paris (Solo)

June 2014 - Layla Sailor’, Harvey Nichols, Manchester (Solo)

July 2014 - ‘Cornerhouse Project’ – HOME, Manchester (Group)

Dec 2015 - Fragment / Reflect’ Red Bull Studios, London                                                    (with Elisa Artesero)


My work is published in various UK & worldwide fashion magazines including 1883 magazine, showstudio, Ballad Of, IRK, REVS, LiveFastMag, WeAreSelecters

Clients include:  Boohoo, Forever Unique, Oxfam, BBC, The Voice