Miles Aldridge

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Miles Aldridge
Born 1964 (age 52–53)
London, England
Residence London
Nationality British
Occupation Photographer
Years active 1995–present
Spouse(s) Kristen McMenamy (m. 1997–2013)
Children 3

Miles Aldridge (born 1964, London) is a fashion photographer and artist.

Early life[edit]

Born in North London to graphic designer Alan Aldridge, Miles grew up accustomed to celebrity – John Lennon was a family friend, as well as Eric Clapton and Elton John.[1] When he was a child, he posed with his father for Lord Snowdon. At the age of 12, Alan Aldridge moved to Los Angeles where he formed a new family. Miles stayed in London with his mother Rita, a housewife, and his half brother Marc Aldridge and sister Saffron Aldridge. His two half-sisters Lily Aldridge and Ruby Aldridge are also models. He studied illustration at the Central St Martins to follow his father's steps and afterwards briefly directed pop videos (for bands including The Verve, The Charlatans and Catherine Wheel).

He moved into photography by chance: he sent some photos of an aspiring model girlfriend to an agency and fell into fashion when British Vogue called him as well as her. By then he had hung out on shoots with his sister and traveled to New York in the mid-nineties, where he started working almost immediately.[2]


Initially Aldridge shot covers of the American monthly fashion magazine W, then he worked for Numéro, Teen Vogue, Vogue Nippon, The New York Times Magazine, GQ, The New Yorker, The Face, Paradis and Harper's Bazaar. For many years he has been an important contributor for Vogue Italia, building a solid friendship with Franca Sozzani.[3]

Aldridge worked as an advertising photographer for Longchamp, MAC Cosmetics, Sergio Rossi, Carolina Herrera, Lavazza and Mercedes E-Class, among the others. He shot for noted fashion designers such as Karl Lagerfeld, Giorgio Armani, Yves Saint Laurent e Paul Smith.[4]


Many private and public art galleries have hosted Aldridge's photographs around the world: in 2007 the Miami Beach Art Photo Expo; in 2006 and in 2008 the Galerie Alex Daniels in Amsterdam with solo shows The Cabinet and Acid Candy;[5] in 2010 the Contributed Studio for the Arts in Berlin and the Gallery Hotel Art in Florence.

In 2009 Steven Kasher Gallery displayed Pictures for Photographs, his first solo show in the United States. The exhibition and a monographic volume were the peak of a project combining drawings and photographs, born from a collaboration with Karl Lagerfeld and Gerhard Steidl. In New York his work was showcased also at the International Center of Photography with am exhibition entitled Weird Beauty.[4]

In the Summer of 2013, Somerset House in London hosted a major retrospective exhibition of the photographer entitled I Only Want You to Love Me, which brings together large scale photographic prints of works produced during his career. [6]

Aldridge's photographs appear also in the permanent collection of the National Portrait Gallery, London (with two portraits of Jarvis Cocker and Lily Cole) and the Victoria and Albert Museum.[7]

Selected solo exhibitions[8]

  • 2014: Miles Aldridge: The Age of Pleasure, Christophe Guye Galerie, Zurich, Switzerland
  • 2013: Miles Aldridge: I Only Want You to Love Me, Steven Kasher Gallery, New York, United Staates
  • 2013: Retrospective: I Only Want You to Love Me, Somerset House, London, Great Britain
  • 2011: Ein Bild von einem Auto, Galerie der Stadt Sindelfingen, Sindelfingen, Germany
  • 2010: 13 Women, Contributed – Studio for the Arts, Berlin, Germany
  • 2010: Kristen – As Seen by Miles Aldridge and Chantal Joffe, Galerie Alex, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 2010: Lavazza 2010, Foundation Centre of Photography/ Fundacja Centrum Fotografii, Poland
  • 2009: Miles Aldgridge, Colette, Paris, France
  • 2009: Pictures for Photographs, Steven Kasher Gallery, New York, United Staates
  • 2009: Doll Face, Hamiltons, London, Great Britain
  • 2008: Acid Candy, Galerie Alex, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 2007: The Cabinet, Reflex Modern Art Gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Selected Group Exhibitions[9]

  • 2012: Icons of Tomorrow, Christophe Guye Galerie, Zurich, Switzerland
  • 2011: Selling Dreams: One Hundred Years of Fashion Photography, organised by the V&A, at Light House Media Centre, Wolverhampton, Great Britain
  • 2011: Beauty Culture, The Annenberg Space for Photography, Los Angeles, United States
  • 2011: A Positive View, Somerset House, London, Great Britain
  • 2009: Weird Beauty: Fashion Photography Now – Year of Fashion, ICP International Center of Photography, New York, United States
  • 2008: Traum Frauen – 50 Starfotografen zeigen ihre Vision von Schönheit, Haus der Photographie / Deichtorhallen, Hamburg, Germany
  • 2002: Archeology of Elegance, Haus der Photographie / Deichtorhallen, Hamburg, Germany


His monographs include Acid Candy (published by Reflex New Art Gallery, Amsterdam, with an introduction by Glenn O'Brien); The Cabinet (with an introduction by Marilyn Manson), Pictures for Photographs (published by Steidl) and Other Pictures (2012, Steidl).[10]

In 2013, Brancolini Grimaldi (London based Art Gallery in Somerset House) announced a Rizzoli special edition of Aldridge's new book, I Only Want You to Love Me, limited to 200 signed and numbered copies.[11] Aldridge's latest project is a book made in collaboration with stylist Nicola Formichetti and entitled Zero Zero Vol. 02, that will be presented during the New York Fashion Week.[12]


His influences include film directors Derek Jarman, David Lynch, Federico Fellini, Antonioni, the photographer Richard Avedon and the psychedelic graphic design of his father, Alan Aldridge. His work is highly controlled with a cinematic effect.[13]

Writing on Miles Aldridge's Work[edit]

  • Miles sees a color coordinated, graphically pure, hard-edged reality.David Lynch[14]
  • Miles Aldridge constructs dreams. That is his artistic and commercial practice. He understands the essential ingredients of the dream and he uses impeccable instinct in crafting something like "stills" from the fractured narratives that we normally experience nocturnally and unconsciously...he creates these dreams while illustrating today's fashions for their potential buyers. A dream can make you conquer a new land or buy a new hat or a painting or a philosophy. Aldridge knows that dreams are an exquisite tapestry of right and wrong, a chain of happenings in which what is "right," that is what is logical or normal, conflicts with what is wrong, what defies our waking order of things, our expectations and sensibility. Dreams disrupt what is perceived as reality. Dreams happen to some people. And some people make them happen.Glenn O'Brien, from Introduction to Acid Candy[15]
  • Miles Aldridge is a director at heart. His images are anything but portraits of a subject. They are his actors, his actresses...Each photograph has a very sacred pathology to every angle and obsession to detail. There is genius in the very deliberate blankness on the face of the models than enables a transference of identity. He always draws you into an arrested fetish that seems as forbidden as a little girl's diary.Marilyn Manson, from Introduction to The Cabinet[16]
  • In his acid-coloured images of lascivious lips, impossibly glossed models and hallucinogenic still lives, the photographer Miles Aldridge is plainly heir to some of the twentieth century's enduring pop culture visionaries. David Lynch's surreal stylisation and interest in moths, the carefully staged elegance of Richard Avedon and the psychedelic graphic design of Alan Aldridge are all in there. — Skye Sherwin, Art Review April 2009[17]


  1. ^ D'Souza, Christa (9 June 2001). "All around Miles Aldridge". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 21 July 2013. 
  2. ^ Roberts, Alison (3 July 2013). "Miles Aldridge interview: The women in the pictures are often based on my mother". London Evening Standard. Retrieved 20 July 2013. 
  3. ^ "Miles Aldridge Profile". models. Retrieved 20 July 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Cannatà, Teresa (19 November 2010). "Vogue Masters: Miles Aldridge". Vogue Italia (in Italian). Retrieved 20 July 2013. 
  5. ^ "Miles Aldridge Photographer". Art Photo Expo. Retrieved 20 July 2013. 
  6. ^ "Photo London 2016". jfFrank photography. jfFrank. Retrieved 18 May 2016. 
  7. ^ "Artist Miles Aldridge Exhibition Short Breaths". Brancolini Grimaldi. Retrieved 20 July 2013. 
  8. ^ Christophe Guye Galerie, Miles Aldridge (Biography)
  9. ^ Christophe Guye Galerie, Miles Aldridge (Biography)
  10. ^ "Miles Aldridge". NOWNESS. Retrieved 20 July 2013. 
  11. ^ "Brancolini Grimaldi: I Only Want You To Love Me". Retrieved 20 July 2013. 
  12. ^ Gatti, Patrizia (9 July 2013). "All around Miles Aldridge". Vogue Italia. Retrieved 20 July 2013. 
  13. ^ Singer, Maya (2 June 2009). "A Conversation With Photographer Miles Aldridge". Style. Retrieved 20 July 2013. 
  14. ^ "Acid Candy" (PDF). Reflex Amsterdam. p. 7. Retrieved 20 July 2013. 
  15. ^ "Acid Candy" (PDF). Reflex Amsterdam. p. 8. Retrieved 20 July 2013. 
  16. ^ "Cabinet" (PDF). Reflex Amsterdam. p. 4. Retrieved 20 July 2013. 
  17. ^ "Art Review Digital". April 2009. p. 20. Retrieved 20 July 2013. 

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