His artwork has a special DNA. His cinematically inspired tableaus are a tribute to Alfred Hitchcock. His heroines are elegant, sophisticated and mostly blonde.
Miles Aldridge, one of the best fashion photographers, venerated by Franca Sozzani, the visionary editor-in-chief of Vogue Italia, and millions of fashion magazine readers around the world (W, Harper’s Bazaar, the New York Times), is known for his acid-hued images, which are artfully composed and saturated with colour.
According to Vanity Fair, even though Aldridge was inspired by Alfred Hitchcock, Martin Scorsese and Federico Fellini, he draws upon his father, an illustrator who created the hallucinogenic album covers for the Beatles, and his mother, whose frustrated, post-divorce despair pervades his photographs.
THE BEST PHOTO EXHIBITION IN NEW YORK: VIRGIN MARY – SUPERMARKETS – POPCORN
Fashionistas, photographers and art lovers will be thrilled to discover that latest photographic exhibition by British artist and photographer Miles Aldridge at Fotografiska in New York: Virgin Mary. Supermarkets. Popcorn. Photographs 1999 to 2020. The exhibition (7 May to 17 October 2021) is Aldridge’s largest US retrospective with more than 50 works shot entirely on film spanning the artist’s career. The show is a best-of from Miles’ oeuvre, drawing from his series of cinematically inspired tableaus as well as an incredible array of portraiture, featuring popular celebrity figures such as Sophie Turner, Viola Davis, Michael Fassbender, and Donatella Versace.
“The title refers to three iconic works of mine,” says Miles. “Immaculate features the Virgin Mary, the Supermarket Series focuses on the cathedral of consumerism, and Popcorn relates to 3D, especially a woman watching a 3D movie, eating three dimensional popcorn and drinking a three dimensional Coca-Cola.” Threse three works represent the artist’s universe – the seriousness of the Virgin Mary, the cinematic storytelling (The Wizard of Oz, Hitchcock, David Lynch), and the mondane (pop art). “Profound thinking comes from mondane situations,” he says. “The surreal or the pop are just under the surface.” He always wanted people who browsed through fashion magazines to stop at his pictures and to take a look at them for longer.
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Photos courtesy of the artist, Fahey/Klein Gallery, Fotografiska and Christophe Guye Galerie
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