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Layla Love is an American photographer based in New York.
Early life and education
Love was born in 1979 in Los Angeles, California. Growing up in California, Washington D.C., and Ireland, her childhood was characterized by continuous travel, and she maintains dual citizenship of the United Kingdom and United States. At age 5, Love was diagnosed with dystonia, a neurological movement disorder syndrome that required her to use wheelchairs and crutches in order to move. Aged 12, Love developed a fascination with photographing the human condition across cultures. Her interest in photography has persisted to her current career.
Love earned her bachelor's degree in journalism and visual communication at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and at Richmond, The American International University in London.
At 21 she ventured to war-torn areas with a focus on the plight of women and traveled to Chad, Cameroon, and Nigeria. Love's photography has been shown in Eric Franck Fine Arts booth at the world’s largest international art fair, Paris Photo in Paris in 2011 and at the AiPAD Photography Show in New York in 2009. She has participated in many photographic group exhibitions and had one solo show. She has photographed notable people such as Laylah Ali and Pussy Riot.
In addition to traditional fine art gallery work, Love has collaborated with a multitude of other artists and innovators such as Amanda Sage, Ernest Fuch, and Andrew Jones. She is an advocate of fusion art and inspired by Jane Goodall, explored quantum physics with Nassim Haramein, and studied Consciousness Movement from Marianne Williamson. In her spiritual work, she has followed Reverend Michael Bernard Beckwith, the founder and spiritual director of the Agape International Spiritual Center, on the She of God publication and other visual works.
From 2009 to 2012, Love contributed the visuals for a fifty city tour, Hurricane Season: The Hidden Messages in Water, with activists and spoken word artists Climbing Poetree. By photographing, documenting, and creating sets for the multi-city tour, she helped the organization Hurricane Season fundraise to support Hurricane Katrina recovery efforts and raise awareness of environmental disasters. Love's work has also aided the L.E.A.F. Foundation to raise money for orphaned children in West Africa.
In 2016, Love and Gloria Steinem co-founded Rise of the Butterfly, to provide a sustainable source of funding for grassroots organizations working to fight human trafficking and help women and girls around the world recover from being trafficked.
In April 2018, Love exhibited in Houston with Mayor Sylvester Turner to fundraise for the Children of the Night, a nonprofit organization. In May 2018, Love launched Rise, a dual exhibit launched to fundraise for Rise of the Butterfly. Simultaneous with Rise, Love released She of God, a set of 120 affirmation cards and 300-page guide book that featured her original artwork and an inspirational quote from women all around the world, with a foreword by Michael Beckwith.
Love has exhibited photography domestically across the United States as well as internationally.
- 2011 - "AiPAD", in feminist showcase with Eric Franck Fine Art (New York City, New York)
- 2010 - Unnamed exhibition at Chelsea Arts Club (London, England)
- 2009 - "Art Heals" at National Arts Club (New York City, New York)
Museums and gallery collections
- 2009 - The Women's Museum (Dallas, Texas)
- 2008 - Alex Grey Foundation (New York City, New York)
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- "Rise of the Butterfly: NYC Art Fundraiser to Confront Human Trafficking On View Through June 15". Duggal Visual Solutions. 28 May 2018. Retrieved 20 July 2021.
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