reporter: Miguel Dominguez
Born in London in 1964, Miles Aldridge studied illustration at Central St Martins, and briefly directed pop videos before moving into fashion photography in the mid 90s. His influences include film directors Derek Jarman, David Lynch and Fellini and the photographer Richard Avedon and the psychedelic graphic design of his father, Alan Aldridge. His work is highly controlled with a cinematic effect.
Aldridge has published his work in a number of magazines including Vogue Italia, American Vogue, Numéro, The New York Times, The New Yorker, and Paradis. His monographs include Acid Candy (published by Reflex New Art Gallery with an introduction by Glenn O'Brien); The Cabinet (published by Reflex New Art Gallery with an introduction by Marilyn Manson) and Pictures for Photographs (published by Steidl). Other Pictures were published by Steidl in autumn of 2012 and a major new monograph of his work was published by Rizzoli in spring 2013. His work is in the permanent collections of the National Portrait Gallery and the Albert & Victoria Museumin London as well as the International Center of Photography in New York.
Steven Kasher Gallery was the site on May 8th when Miles Aldridge had a photo exhibit and book signing of his very exciting fashion photography work.
His work is filled with glamorous, beautiful women, whose perfect appearance and blank expression could be interpreted as passivity and ambivalence. Aldridge, however, prefers to define his women as in a state of contemplation, so that we are asked imagine their inner lives. And the technicolour dream-like worlds he creates aren’t as perfect as they seem. There is silent screaming, broken glass, a head pushed down on a bed, the blood red of ketchup against a black and white floor. It’s a dream that could just as easily turn into a nightmare.
|Ranya Mordanova of Ford Models|
|Luca Gajdus of IMG Models talks to Miles and his agent Donna Cerutti|
|Photography team Duck & Kat|
|Miles talks with admirer as Donna Cerutti looks at the camera.|