B. United Kingdom, 1964
B. United Kingdom 1964
Miles Aldridge is one of Britain’s most celebrated photographers, who has worked for a number of international publications, including American and Italian Vogue, The New Yorker and The New York Times. He has worked with numerous fashion designers throughout his career including Yves Saint Laurent and Karl Lagerfeld. His work is noted for its vibrant colour, elaborately styled set design and a strong sense of cinematic narrative. His photographs are concerned with the surreal, and in the mixing of the mundane with glamour and eroticism. He has stated “Alfred Hitchcock’s ability to make ordinary things seem very strange and sinister – a bedtime table, hairbrush or bunch of flowers – has been a key influence. Whether it’s making beautiful things look ugly, or very normal things look strange, my aim is to create photographs that stop the viewer from turning the page of the magazine at a time when images are so casually thrown away.”
A major retrospective of Aldridge’s drawings and photographs was held in 2013 at Somerset House, London. In 2014 he was invited by Tate Britain to create a temporary installation entitled Carousel II, as a response to Mark Gertler’s 1916 painting Merry-go-Round. Aldridge’s work is held in the collections of the National Portrait Gallery, London; the Victoria and Albert Museum, London and the International Centre of Photography, New York.
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