There’s no doubt that Stéphane Coutelle’s book Shoebox Studio is a striking collection of images. Published by Damiani, Shoebox Studio features portraits of young women, all brand new to modelling, who filtered into the photographer’s small studio in Paris between 2004-2008, hoping to be discovered. Hardly speaking English, let alone French, many of the young women Coutelle encountered had yet to inhabit their newly prescribed roles of creatures of fantasy. Arresting and unflinching, this beautiful volume is an incredibly rare perspective on a population of women whose job it is to mask the very vulnerability that Coutelle uncovers.
Stéphane Coutelle: Shoebox Studio
Jackie Nickerson: Terrain, Brancolini Grimaldi, London
The agriculture of sub-Saharan Africa and the labour of everyday life on the land is brought into focus in this new body of work from Jackie Nickerson, on display at Brancolini Grimaldi from 22 November to 25 January.
Encounters Short Film & Animation Festival, Bristol
The 18th Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival takes place this September. The stunning line-up for this year includes new visual art and animation exhibitions, and 3D Soviet Russian work.
Nordic Film Festival, Institute of Contemporary Arts and Other Venues, London
Presented by London based independent film company Day for Night, Nordic Film Festival returns to the UK with a diverse mix of works, showcasing some of the most celebrated and emerging filmmaking talent of the Nordic region.