Miles Aldridge was born in London in 1964, into an artistic family. His father, Alan Aldridge, is a well-known illustrator and a pivotal figure in the development of the psychedelic aesthetic of the 1960s. Following in his father’s footsteps, Aldridge studied illustration at Central Saint Martins in London. After completing school, however, Aldridge and his father’s paths diverged; Aldridge directed music videos for several years before settling on a career as a fashion photographer in the 1990s.
Aldridge’s background in illustration as well as his passion for film influences his work. His images contain women posed in scenes with a heavily cinematic quality. The photographer’s choice subject, women, are usually seen lost in thought or seemingly prescient that something is about to happen. Aldridge also uses intensely saturated colors and erotic undertones to add a dramatic dimension to his work.
In order to achieve his signature cinematic effect, Aldridge makes a drawing first and meticulously plans each aspect of his image from the exact lighting to the color palette before photographing. Aldridge’s influences include Richard Avedon, Derek Jarman, David Lynch, and Fellini. His fashion photographs have been published in Vogue Italia, American Vogue, The New Yorker, and The New York Times. Aldridge’s work has been featured in exhibitions, including his first solo show in 2009 at the Hamiltons Gallery in London, followed by a solo exhibition in New York at the Steven Kasher Gallery. Aldridge has had two solo exhibitions in Amsterdam at the Reflex Gallery, both of which were accompanied with catalogues that featured essays on his work.