• Miles Aldridge | Acid Candy

Miles Aldridge

Miles Aldridge | Acid Candy

3 May 2008 till 5 July 2008

The striking aspect about modern fashion photography is: it’s becoming more and more uniform. Pick up any glamour magazine and look at the advertisements of the important brand names. Handsome youths who can just about differentiate between the luxury brands if you were to cover up the logos. The same applies also to the editorial pages. Fashion photographers in general are given complete freedom there as long as there is a clear listing of which supermodel is wearing which super brand in the credits. But here, too, the result is uniform: breathless model looks bored, staring into the lens. No suggestions there, not even a wink.

Luckily there are photographers who have their own clear style, who take pleasure in scratching at the thin veneer laid over the fashion world in a stylish way. Like Miles Aldridge. Both his assignments and his own work present the vision of another world. It is an autonomous universe of powerful images, full of references to classic films. Models and brand names seem to be just an afterthought as the whole atmosphere is more important. The feeling produced is strong and eccentric, but also humorous. Sometimes hyper-realistic (mother with child in the kitchen), sometimes hyper-fairytale (the girl against the flowery background), sometimes hyper-traditional roles (the watch series) and sometimes hyper-scary.

If you look a bit longer, then you will notice a certain discomfort underlying the world of glamour. As if something terrible is just about to happen. Miles Aldridge definitely does something more than shooting beautiful pictures. His work has various layers, which gives viewers who know their art history an added pleasure. See the photos from the ‘shopping series’ with its cheerful colour cacophony of pop art, or the Madonna’s inspired by Giovanni Lorenzo Bernini’s statue, The Ecstasy of Saint Theresa.

Admirers of ‘still lifes’ will also be amazed. Miles Aldridge charmingly contradicts the prejudicial idea that the world of luxury and fashion is only superficial.

For this exhibition a new book has been published: “Acid Candy”, 124 pages, full colour, with a text by Glenn O’Brien, editorial director of Andy Warhol’s “Interview” and “Art in America”, author and editor of the book “Sex” by Madonna, as well as with a quote by David Lynch.

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Past shows (selection)

Unseen Photo Fair 2016

23-09-2016 till 25-09-2016

Marcus Harvey | Marcus Harvey | SHIPBUILDING | New Works

25-11-2016 till 07-01-2017

Sculpture Project Gelderlandplein | Permanently On View

Donald Baechler | Donald Baechler | New Works

16-09-2016 till 15-11-2016

Photo London 2016 Somerset House, Booth no. X2

18-05-2016 till 22-05-2016

Irina Ionesco | Irina Ionesco | Ma réalité rêvée

19-03-2016 till 10-05-2016

Unseen Photo Fair 2015

18-09-2015 till 20-09-2015

Andrew Moore | Andrew Moore | New Works from Dirt Meridian and Cuba

28-11-2015 till 20-2-2016

Todd Hido | Todd Hido|Selections From A Survey: ‘Khrystyna’s World’

12-09-2015 till 21-11-2015

Nobuyoshi Araki | Nobuyoshi Araki | Alluring Hell

06-06-2015 till 15-08-2015

Nobuyoshi Araki | Araki | August and Megumi Kagurazaka

20 December 2014 till 28 February 2015

Barry Reigate | One Cannot Get Fingerprints From A Rock

4 October 2014 till 6 December 2014

Unseen Photofair 2014

18-09-2014 till 21-09-2014

Amsterdam Drawing 2014

18 September 2014 till 21 september 2014

Beauty of Darkness II

21 June 2014 till 04 August 2014

Miles Aldridge | One Black & White and Twenty Four Colour Photographs

8 March till 10 May 2014

Robert Yarber | Robert Yarber | Panic Pending

06-12-2013 till 25-01-2014

Artissima 2013

08-11-2013 till 10-11-2013

Harland Miller | Harland Miller | Wherever You Are Whatever You’re Doing This One’s For You

20-09-2013 till 24-11-2013

Unseen 2013

26-09-2013 till 29-09-2013

Something Like Summer

17-07-2013 till 13-09-2013

John Copeland | All We Ever Wanted Was Everything

25-05-2013 till 16-07-2013

Hisaji Hara | Hisaji Hara | A Photographic Portrayal of the Paintings of Balthus

23-03-2013 till 11-05-2013

Arco 2013

13-02-2013 till 17-02-2013

Chen Nong | Chen Nong | Climbing To Moon

29-09-2012 till 31-12-2012

Pulse Miami Contemporary Art Fair

06-12-2012 till 09-12-2012

Daido Moriyama | Daido Moriyama | Journey For Something

19-05-2012 till 28-07-2012

Marcus Harvey | Marcus Harvey | Glass Paintings

07-04-2012 till 16-05-2012

Arco Madrid 2012

15-02-2012 till 19-02-2012

Roger Ballen | Roger Ballen | Animal Abstraction

12-11-2011 till 10-12-2011

Harland Miller | Harland Miller | Rocky 6

09-07-2011 till 13-09-2011

Moby | ‘Destroyed’ – Booksigning and Exhibition

31-05-2011 till 16-06-2011

Nobuyoshi Araki | Nobuyoshi Araki | It Was Once a Paradise

01-06-2011 till 16-07-2011

| John Copeland | Times of Grace

27-11-2010 till 15-02-2011

Andrew Moore | Andrew Moore | Making History

10-04-2010 till 07-06-2010

Harland Miller | Harland Miller | I’ll Never Forget What I Can’t Remember

18-09-2010 till 09-11-2010

| Kristen as seen by Miles Aldridge and Chantal Joffe

14-03-2010 till 07-06-2010

Alla Esipovich | No Comment

15-01-2010 till 13-03-2010

Contemporary and Vintage Photography

26-09-2009 till 28-11-2009

David Lachapelle | David LaChapelle | The Rape of Africa

06-06-2009 till 31-07-2009

Bill Owens | Bill Owens | Riots & New Suburbia

28-02-2009 till 04-04-2009