When Valerie met Viktoria

I love Valerie Phillips’ work. With her coke (the drinkable kind) habit and overgrown adolescent vibe she’s the perfect photographer to tap into the psyches of her teenage subjects. Her latest exhibition and book are called I Can’t Believe A Girl Is Playing Me Metallica. They continue her series of observations of intriguing teen girls who capture Valerie’s imagination and let her document their lives. If you think these photos of model-slash-musician-slash-illustrator Viktoria have a lo-fi fashion feel about them you’re right, Phillips also lends her grungy snapshot eye to fashion titles like Nylon, Vice and Elle. The exhibition is on at the Cornell Spaceship Gallery, 3-4a Little Portland Street, W1 until 2nd May. Next time you’re in Oxford Circus to deplete TopShop and Urban Outfitters of their stock, do a five-minute detour and check these pictures out.