BIOGRAPHY

Miles Aldridge (b. 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

 

Collections:
The National Portrait Gallery, London
The Victoria & Albert Museum, London
The International Center for Photography, New York

 

Selected Exhibitions:
2013
Miles Aldridge: I Only Want You to Love Me- Steven Kasher Gallery, New York 
2012
Contemporary Fashion Photography – Christophe Guye Gallery, Zurich
Best of Fashion Photography – CONTRIBUTED Studio for the Arts, Berlin
2010

13 Woman – CONTRIBUTED Studio for the Arts, Berlin
New Work – Brancolini Grimaldi, Florence
Shelter / 52 Weeks – Alexander Dellal’s 20 Projects, London
Kristen: As seen by Miles Aldridge and Chantal Joffe – The Reflex Gallery, Amsterdam
2009
Miles Aldridge: Pictures for Photographs- Steven Kasher Gallery, New York
Pictures for Photographs – Collette, Paris
Doll Face – Hamiltons Gallery, London
Weird Beauty: Fashion Photography Now – ICP-International Center of Photography, New York
Something for Everyone – Hamiltons Gallery, London
2008
Acid Candy – The Reflex Gallery, Amsterdam
Miles Aldridge – Reflex New Art Gallery, Amsterdam
Art Photo Expo – Art Basel, Miami Beach
Traumfrauen. 50 Starfotografen zeigen ihre Vision von Schönheit (Women of dreams. 50 Star Photographers Show Their Vision of Beauty) - Deichtorhallen, Hamburg
Something for Everyone – Hamiltons Gallery, London
Gallery Selections – Hamiltons Gallery, London
2007
The Cabinet – Reflex New Art Gallery, Amsterdam
Art Photo Expo – Art Basel, Miami Beach
2004
Beauty of Darkness – Reflex New Art Gallery, Amsterdam. 
2003
Archeology of Elegance - Schirmer/Mosel Showroom, Munich.
2002
Archeology of Elegance - Deichtorhallen, Hamburg. 

 

Selected Publications:
Miles Aldridge: Miles of Mac, Rizzoli, September 2014
Miles Aldridge: I Only Want You to Love Me, Rizzoli, April 23, 2013
Other Pictures,  published by Steidl, 2012
Miles Aldridge: Pictures for Photographs, Edition 7L/Steidl, May 26, 2009
Miles Aldridge: Acid Candy published by Reflex New Art Gallery, 2008
The Cabinet published by Reflex New Art Gallery, 2006