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 is a London-based writer with a special interest in contemporary Middle Eastern Art. She has a BA in Art History and an MA in Contemporary Art and Art Theory of Asia and Africa from the School of Oriental and African Studies. She runs the Gallery Girl blog and also writes for After Nyne, Ibraaz and Reorient.

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