Harley Weir took to the camera at a young age. But she really came to prominence as a photographer thanks to the internet. “The internet was completely my portal into photography,” she shared with Bullett Magazine. “I think that is the case with pretty much everyone these days. I started off posting my pictures on the internet. Someone liked them, some other people started liking them, and it sort of bubbled away like that. The internet has been very good for me.”
She graduated from Central St. Martins College of Art and Design with a BA in Fine Art in 2010. It was here that Weir taught herself photography, experimenting with film and collage.
She had soon rocketed to fame, shooting advertising campaigns and lookbooks for major labels including Balenciaga, Céline, Stella McCartney, and Jacquemus.
Known for focusing on female subjects, her photos have a certain rawness to them, that is certainly refreshing in the fashion industry. Her primary goal is to move people, saying that: “it doesn’t really matter what emotion it is really… It’s so difficult to move people.”
She is known for her youth-focused fashion photography which challenges traditional attitudes to the female gaze through the intimacy of her images. Weir has an eye for the human form, her work often focuses in on specific body parts or features.
Despite being a relative newcomer, Weir’s fashion editorials have been featured in POP, Self Service, Wallpaper, AnOther Magazine, British Vogue, CR Fashion Book, Dazed and Confused, i-D and Arena Homme+.
Take a look.