Miles Aldridge was born in London in 1964, as the son of a family of artists. He made his first experience with photography at the age of five. He sat with his father Alan Aldridge portrait for Lord Snowden.
Miles Aldridge studied illustration at Central Saint Martins Collage of Art & Design and briefly produced music videos before becoming a fashion photographer in the mid-1990s.
The father of Miles Aldridge, already created psychedelic album covers as a graphic artist. The artist’s photographs are incredibly vivid and glamorous and are strongly reminiscent of famous film scenes. Aldridge uses intensely saturated colors and erotic undertones to give his work a dramatic dimension.
Various influences of film directors like Derek Jarman, David Lynch and Fellini are visible. But Miles Aldridge also makes reference to photographers like Richard Avedon.
Perfectly staged, the stars of Aldridge’s surrealistic stories and technicolored dream worlds are glamorous, beautiful women. Their flawless appearance and empty expression leave room for interpretation and, like a mirror with a touch of dark humor, point to the perfect façade of fashion glamour and the need for idealized beauty. In addition, his works are characterized by vibrant, fluorescent colors, Hollywood lighting and a perfect attention to detail.
Although the works seem to be from the computer, everything is lovingly recreated in the studio and photographed in a classic manner. In order to achieve his characteristic cinematic effect, Aldridge first makes a drawing and then meticulously plans every aspect of his image, from the precise lighting to the color palette, before taking the photographs.
Miles Aldridge’s photographic works are frequently published in internationally renowned magazines such as Vogue Italia, The New Yorker, TIME, Numéro and the New York Times.
Miles Aldridge had his first solo exhibition in London in 2009, followed by an exhibition in New York. In 2013 there was the first major retrospective of his work entitled “I Only Want You to Love Me” at Somerset House. In 2014 he was invited by Tate Britain to create a photographic installation entitled Carousel II in response to Mark Gertler’s painting Merry-go-Round from 1916.
His works are now part of renowned museum collections, such as the National Portrait Gallery in London, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and the International Center of Photography in New York.
At GALERIE FRANK FLUEGEL the exhibition “Miles Aldridge – Dazzling Beauty” took place from 28.09.2018 – 22.12.2018.
In Stockholm, the exhibition “Virgin Mary. Supermarkets. Popcorn. Photographs 1999 to 2020 | Miles Aldridge” was on view in 2020/2021. The Fotografiska Museum in Stockholm put together its largest retrospective to date with more than 80 images, including series such as (after Cattelan) in collaboration with artist Maurizio Cattelan. “The exhibition is intended as a best-of of Miles’ oeuvre, ranging from his cinematic-inspired tableaux to his striking, sometimes witty and sarcastic female roles to his iconic Immaculée and (after Cattelan) series. Portraits of stars such as Sophie Turner, Donatella Versace and Ralph Fiennes are also on view. A smart ride through Miles’ extravagant cosmos,” says curator Nadine Barth. The exhibition “Virgin Mary. Supermarkets. Popcorn. Photographs 1999 to 2020 | Miles Aldridge”, which was also curated by Johan Vikner, will travel on to New York in May 2021 to open the new museum Fotografiska NY.
SELECTED PUBLIC & PRIVATE COLLECTIONS:
National Portrait Gallery, London
Victoria and Albert Museum, London
The British Museum, London
International Centre of Photography, New York
Fondation Carmignac, Porquerolles
Palais Galliera Musée de la Mode de la ville de Paris
Nicola Erni Collection, Zug