Miles Aldridge has two obsessions. Women and colour. His sensationally loud, conceptual photographs featuring expressionless women all tell a similar story, one that is beautiful, humourous and disturbing.
Cue amplified sex symbols Stepford Wives and immaculate Soccer Moms - rendered in a comic book palette of shocking primary hues and saturated candy tones.
Aldridge juxtaposes glamour and domesticity and has a way of articulating the pain of the mundane through stylised visions: the colours scream so the models don't have to.
Miles Aldridge: I Only Want You To Love Me is the largest retrospective of the acclaimed photographers work to date. Last night, Aldridge fans flooded Somerset Houses South Wing for the exhibition preview, sipping champagne as vividly pink as the artists pictures.
Aldridge is a champion of the multi-media influence; he became a photographer in the mid 90s after a brief stint directing pop videos and a degree in illustration from Central St. Martins.
Unpublished prints, personal drawings, hand drawn storyboards, Polaroids and magazines put the spotlight on pivotal moments in his extraordinary career.
The exhibition is testament to the fact that Aldridges love of drawing has always prevailed - sketches were always central to his process. The photographers creative heroes and influences: Alfred Hitchcock, Federico Fellini, David Lynch, Richard Avedon and his artist father Alan Aldridge whose psychedelic colour sense he has inherited are also explored.
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