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Miles Aldridge double exhibition in London.

Miles Aldridge double exhibition in London.

David Franchi – Sunday, 6th October 2013

Venus Smile 05, 2012, Lambda print, Edition of 6 © Miles Aldridge, ph. co. Brancolini Grimaldi

Venus Smile 05, 2012, Lambda print, Edition of 6 © Miles Aldridge, ph. co. Brancolini Grimaldi

London celebrated Miles Aldridge with two contemporary exhibitions, “Short Breaths”, at the Brancolini Grimaldi gallery, Mayfair, and “I only want you to love me” at the Somerset House, Strand.

Brancolini Grimaldi boasts to have Miles Aldridge in between its artists and organised an opening night with the presence of the artist himself. “Short Breaths” collected large scale prints.

Running alongside the Somerset House exhibition “Short Breaths” Miles Aldridge‘s first exhibition at Brancolini Grimaldi, London, featured both recent work and “Carousel”, the new limited edition portfolio published exclusively with Brancolini Grimaldi.

A complete set of 32 plates “Carousel” is a project in which Aldridge has contrasted blocks of pure colour applied using silkscreen printing against his iconic images creating a whirling, colour-filled journey through Aldridge’s strange and cinematic world. Limited to 180 signed and numbered copies, “Carousel” was presented in a specially designed clamshell box.

“Short Breaths” brought together a body of work which explores sensuality and melancholy in modern life through a language of vivid

Actress 04, 2012 Lambda print, Edition of 6 © Miles Aldridge, ph. Co. Brancolini Grimaldi

Actress 04, 2012 Lambda print, Edition of 6 © Miles Aldridge, ph. Co. Brancolini Grimaldi

colour and arcane narratives. Prints are still on sale at Brancolini Grimaldi, run by two Italian ladies specialised in photography, one of the best emerging galleries in Mayfair.

Miles Aldridge‘s major retrospective “I only want you to love me” was on display at the Embankment Galleries at Somerset House, London.

Proposing a close approach to the photo- making practice and the angle of Miles Aldridge, “I only want you to love me” has been the largest exhibition of his work to date and included large scale photographs spanning across his career, as well as previously unpublished material – hand-drawn story boards, sketches, Polaroid and magazines.

The Somerset House exhibition explored Aldridge’s deeply personal vision formulated over 15 years of working in the fashion world.

Miles Aldridge has a particular style, made of images of beautiful women located in an encircled parallel lavish world but also embittered. Executed with the precision of a Hollywood movie, these images power derives from the tension created between exterior perfection and internal turmoil.

Short Breaths exhibition installation  © Miles Aldridge, ph. co. Brancolini Grimaldi

Short Breaths exhibition installation © Miles Aldridge, ph. co. Brancolini Grimaldi

Miles Aldridge is born in North London, in 1964. He grew up in an artistic family, son of Alan Aldridge, who has been illustrator and artistic director of The Beatles and the Rolling Stones album sleeves, and brother of models Saffron, Lily e Ruby Aldridge.

In between his family friends are John Lennon, Elton John and Eric Clapton, the latter was passing to school to pick him up. When he was a kid, he posed with his father for Lord Snowdon.

Young Aldridge had a turbulent life. Later he studied illustration at Central Saint Martin’s and briefly directed music videos, before becoming a photographer in the mid-90s.

He has published his work in many influential magazines including Vogue Italia, Numéro, The New York Times and The New Yorker. His work was showcased in Weird Beauty at the International Center for Photography in New York in 2009 and he has works in the permanent collection of the National Portrait Gallery, London and the Victoria & Albert Museum, London.

He is now one of the most recognised living photographers.

Miles Aldridge exhibitions, “Short Breaths” at Brancolini Grimaldi, Mayfair, London and “I only want you to love me” at the Somerset House, Strand, London, were both on show from 12th July until 28th September 2013.

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