Growing up in a pre-sanitized New York City, Valerie Phillips cut school to compete with her skateboard team and snuck into clubs to see bands play. Phillips' biggest influences remain the things that she loved as a teen: skateboarding, outer space, outsider art, gymnastics and punk. She has self-published eight limited edition books which create un-precious, realistic and spirited accounts of the life of single girl subjects. Her work is regularly featured and reviewed in: The New York Times, The Daily Telegraph, Nylon, Nylon Japan, Teen Vogue, Vice and iD, and has been exhibited in New York, Tokyo, London, Berlin, Barcelona, New York and the small mid-western town of Cherryvale, Kansas. Arvida Bistrom is a young feminist photographer and online artist with a huge online presence and social media following, with close to 1 million Instagram followers. Her work is frequently featured in Rookie and on Petra Collin's it girl photography collective website theardorous.com.
"While Valerie's previous books have explored the nuances and
complexities of girlhood in relation to a single subject,
Another Girl Another Planet is simply a feel-good
compilation of all her most treasured photos."
--i-D Magazine "The photographer Valerie Phillips's new book, Another Girl Another Planet, is nothing but women -- from Sienna Miller and PJ Harvey to that girl on the corner -- to swoon over."
"Photographer Valerie Phillips-who has shot for the likes of i-D, Nylon, and many others- is known for her bold, edgy portraits of modern young women. The book will include images from these smaller books as well as her work in advertising, editorial, and album covers. For insight into a fully-developed photography niche, take a look at her work."
--Join The Breed "There is consistency in Phillips' images: people who know her work, will easily recognise one of her pictures whether they see it on a billboard advertising sportswear or in a fashion magazine.
Phillips' photographs usually feature unusual muses - models, musicians, actors, family and friends - all sharing one main thing in common, a sense of freedom and rebellion."
"In her new book, "Another Girl Another Planet," photographer Valerie Phillips looks over the last 15 years she spent photographing everyone from Instagram-famous stars to girls she met on airplanes and cafes."
"It can be argued that this all pertains to Phillips style, employing a candid authenticity. . . . Distinct fashion sensibilities are celebrated, but so are emotions, acts and archetypes. As far as visual studies of a photographer's work (thus far) go, this declares Phillips as an artist with an eye for boldness and a voice that seeks to elevate her subjects."
--CoolHunting.com "A visceral celebration of girls being girls and all things girly. Unapologetic, edgy, happy."
--Citizens of Humanity Magazine "Besides the saturated color palette and spontaneous settings Phillips brings to her fashion-culture portraits of young women, there's a flexible comfort zone: Her subjects dance and pout and pop bubblegum and ham it up with abandon."