Laila Cohen was born and based in Amsterdam, but draws inspiration from a myriad of French, Moroccan and Dutch cultural backgrounds, her work is colourful and dynamic, balancing between fashion, portrait and stills.
She graduated from the Royal Academy in The Hague. During her studies, she interned at Annie Leibovitz and Ryan McGinley in New York. Investigating the relationship between shapes and emotions, her work is the result of thoughtful and ongoing studies in colour, texture and shape, while her documentary approach challenges fashion conventions. Her images are strongly determined by the characters of the people she works with.