Hayley Austin was born in Fort Worth, Texas in 1984. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Texas at Austin in 2008, and her Master of Design in Photography from the University of Applied Sciences Bielefeld in Germany in 2015. She has lived in Germany since 2009 and is currently based in Hamburg. Austin has exhibited in Germany and abroad including at the Hamburg Trienalle of Photography, the Bielefelder Kunstverein, at the SiFestival of Photography in Bologna, as well as the New York Artist Residency and Studio (NARS). Her work has been reviewed in FeatureShoot, Die Zeit, and included in publications such as The Guide to Unique Photography (GUP) and GEO.