BIOGRAPHY

Miles Aldridge (b. 1964)

 

Miles Aldridge was born in London in 1964. His first experience of photography was at the age of five sitting for Lord Snowden for a portrait with his father Alan Aldridge. At seventeen he played in the band The X-Men, signed to the cult record label Creation. In 1987, he received a B.A. from Central Saint Martins, where he studied graphic design and illustration. After graduating Miles worked briefly as an illustrator and a video director before finding his way to photography. His photographs have appeared in gallery and museum exhibitions worldwide as well as many international publications such as The New York Times, Vogue Italia, TIME and Numéro. There are several books devoted to his work such as I Only Want You to Love Me (2013) and Please return Polaroid (2016). In 2013 Somerset House presented a major retrospective featuring over 100 works including large scale prints, polaroids and drawings. He is best known for vividly coloured yet unsettling images that combine glamour, cinematic narrative, Hollywood lighting and meticulous attention to detail. In 2014 he was invited by Tate Britain to create a photographic installation as a response to Mark Gertler’s 1916 painting, Merrygo-Round. He has recently created a new series of work titled (after Cattelan) which was the result of an invitation by the artist Maurizio Cattelan to respond photographically to six of his most famous sculptures. This series was launched at Photo London this year. His work is in the permanent collections of the V&A Museum, London, The National Portrait Gallery, London and The International Centre of Photography, New York City.

 

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

 

Selected Exhibitions:
2016
Please return Polaroid, Steven Kasher Gallery, New York
Please return Polaroid, Lyndsey Ingram, London
2015
The Pure Wonder, Fahey/Klein Gallery, Los Angeles
2014
The Age of Pleasure, Christophe Guye Galerie, Zurich
One Black & White and Twenty Four Colour Photographs, Reflex Gallery, Amsterdam (Catalogue)
Miles Aldridge’s Carousel: Lithograph and Screenprints, Drawings and Photographs, Sims Reed Gallery,
London (Catalogue)
2013
Short Breaths, Brancolini Grimaldi, London
I Only Want You to Love Me, Somerset House, London
CAROUSEL, Brancolini Grimaldi, London
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