Home Works, Vogue Italia, 2008.
Doll's House, Vogue Italia, 2008.
The Ecstasy, V, 2002.
One of the exhibitions we were extremely excited about finally opened its doors: ‘Miles Aldridge: I Only Want You to Love Me’ will display its colourful, saturated images until the 29th of September. This retrospective is the occasion to have a closer look at the photographer’s most impressive and intriguing pictures, but also to better understand his work process thanks to carefully selected elements including drawings, polaroids and magazines.
Even if you know in advance that these perfect women pictured in bright, sometimes fluorescent colours are hiding some terrible secrets behind their empty, emotionless looks, the contrast between the form and the subjects’ expression is nonetheless striking when you face the large-scale prints. A bit scary, in a way. Although they were published in fashion titles like Vogue Italia, American Vogue, V Magazine and Numéro to name but a few, Miles Aldridge’s photographs have never been limited by the tacit rules established by these glossy magazines. As the monograph collection of 270 of the artist’s pictures – published earlier this year and entitled just as the exhibition – shows too, Aldridge has always shot models and celebrities with a certain vision of the world in mind. A “fucked-up world”, according the photographer himself, which he evokes in a very interesting interview by Bullett Magazine*. The gorgeous creatures seen through his lens are the perfect embodiment of that vision, illustrated by the idea of a woman questioning her identity now “she has everything [she] want[s]“. Their apparent sadness isn’t a simple, rough criticism towards consumerism; it reveals these women’s deep reflection on themselves. An ephemeral and melancholic instant, forever captured in an exaggerated beautiful picture. This message definitely makes Miles Aldridge not only a great fashion photographer, but also a fascinating artist.
Miles Aldridge: I Only Want You to Love Me, Somerset House, London, until September 29th 2013.
*The Fucked Up World According to Miles Aldridge, by Fiona Duncan for Bullett Magazine.