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Miles Aldridge


Miles Aldridge (1964)

A fiercely original photographer, Miles Aldridge is best known for the technicolor dream-like worlds he creates and the glamorous, beautiful women who inhabit them. Aldridge creates ultra-cinematic images, drawing inspiration from film directors such as David Lynch and Derek Jarman as well as the psychedelic graphic design of his father, Alan Aldridge.

Aldridge's photographs often depict women in haute-Stepford mode splashed with lurid candy colors. He captures his subjects in a state of dramatic contemplation, making them more complicated and intriguing than simply beautiful. As Glenn O’Brien describes, ‘Miles Aldridge constructs dreams… He understands the essential ingredients of the dream and he uses impeccable instinct in crafting the fragmented narratives… an exquisite tapestry of right and wrong [defying] our waking order of things, our expectations and sensibility.’

Born in London, Miles Aldridge studied illustration at Central St. Martins and worked as a music video director before officially starting his career as a fashion photographer in 1993. Within six months of his first assignment, a portrait of the playwright Christopher Hampton, Aldridge was shooting covers for W Magazine.

Miles Aldridge has worked with British Vogue, Paris Vogue, American Vogue, Vogue Italia, The Face, Numéro, The New York Times, The New Yorker, and Paradis, as well as advertising assignments for clients such as YSL, Armani, Longchamp, L’Oreal, Hugo Boss and Paul Smith. A selection of his portraits are in the permanent collections at The National Portrait Gallery and the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, and the International Center of Photography in New York.

 ‘Miles Aldridge is a director at heart. Each photograph has a very sacred pathology to every angle and obsession to detail. There is genius in the very deliberate blankness on the face of the models that enables a transference of identity. He always draws you into an arrested fetish that seems as forbidden as a little girl’s diary.’ –Marilyn Manson


Selected Solo Exhibitions:


I Only Want You to Love Me – Steven Kasher Galley, New York


13 Woman – CONTRIBUTED Studio for the Arts, Berlin

New Work – Brancolini Grimaldi, Florence


Pictures for Photographs – Collette, Paris

Pictures for Photographs – Steven Kasher Galley, New York

Doll Face – Hamiltons Gallery, London


Acid Candy – The Reflex Gallery, Amsterdam

Miles Aldridge – The Reflex Gallery, Amsterdam


The Cabinet – The Reflex Gallery, Amsterdam


Selected Group Exhibitions:


 Contemporary Fashion Photography – Christophe Guye Gallery, Zurich

Best of Fashion Photography – CONTRIBUTED Studio for the Arts, Berlin


 Shelter / 52 Weeks – Alexander Dellal’s 20 Projects, London

Kristen: As seen by Miles Aldridge and Chantal Joffe – The Reflex Gallery, Amsterdam


 Weird Beauty: Fashion Photography Now – ICP-International Center of Photography, New York City

Something for Everyone – Hamiltons Gallery, London

Weird Beauty – International Center of Photography, New York


Art Photo Expo – Art Basel, Miami Beach

Traumfrauen, Beauty in the 21st Century – Deichtorhallen, Hamburg

Something for Everyone – Hamiltons Gallery, London

Gallery Selections – Hamiltons Gallery, London


 Art Photo Expo – Art Basel, Miami Beach


 The Beauty of Darkness – The Reflex Gallery, Amsterdam 


Archeology of Elegance – Schirmer/Mosel Showroom, Munich 


 Archeology of Elegance – Deichtorhallen, Hamburg 



The National Portrait Gallery, London

The Victoria & Albert Museum, London

The International Center for Photography, New York City


Selected Publications

I Only Want You to Love Me published by Rizzoli (2013)

Other Pictures published by Steidl (2012)

Miles Aldridge: Pictures for Photographs published by Steidl (2009)

Miles Aldridge: Acid Candy published by Reflex New Art Gallery (2008)

The Cabinet published by Reflex New Art Gallery (2006)