Miles Aldridge @ Somerset House


I have a kind of love-hate relationship with Miles Aldridge’s work. Sometimes I love the bright images with dramatic posing and at other times I find his photographs garish and forced.

On show at Somerset House is a display of admiration to female beauty. At times the images are so saturated they cease to look like photographs anymore and take on a painterly quality which is the case in Aldridge’s food prints. Somerset House treats us to both blown up versions of the magazine images to a view of the selection process so we can see how Aldridge chooses and edits his images.

Amongst the images are everyone from Lily Cole, Barbara Palvin and Cara Delevingne. My favourite images however are his Virgin Mary images which are just stunning!

Regardless of any previous knowledge of Aldridge’s work I fully recommend any fashion and photography lovers to visit his show at Somerset House. It is dramatic, full of colour and at times absurd – perfect to feast our eyes on during this ridiculous summer heat!

Miles Aldridge: I Only Want You to Love Me is on display at Somerset House until September 28

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Lizzy Vartanian Collier aka Gallery Girl is a writer and curator based in London. Her work has been featured in publications including Dazed, Hyperallergic and Vogue Arabia. She was curator of Perpetual Movement during AWAN Festival 2018 and in 2019 had a residency at the Lab at Darat Al Funun in Amman, Jordan. She has also worked with Armenia Art Fair for its inaugural edition and previously worked as an editor at I.B.Tauris Publishers. In 2019 she co-founded Arsheef, Yemen’s first contemporary art gallery. She has given workshops at Manara Culture in Amman, Jordan and Victoria and Albert Museum in London, UK. As of 2020 she is currently in law school, with the ambition of greater understanding the intersection between art and the law.

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