Know for his cinematic fashion photography, Miles Aldridge’s works have graced the covers of W, Numéro, Vogue Nippon, The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, the late but legendary publication The Face and of course the pages of Visionaire. Needless to say, the man has vision and his talent stretches far beyond fashion: today, the artist Aldridge premieres his solo exhibition Carousel at Sims Reed gallery in London.
It was by no chance the Aldridge fell into his current line of work: born to the prominent illustrator and graphic designer Alan Aldridge, he followed in his father’s footsteps by studying illustration at Central Saint Martins. And to this day he still sketches all his ideas before realizing them in photos.
Compromising of 32 lithographs and screenprints, Carousel also brings into light about 30 never-before seen drawings, which are contextualized by five large-scale photos. Lyndsey Ingram, director of Sims Reed Gallery says: ‘We are thrilled to be showing Miles’ drawings for the first time. The Carousel portfolio itself is reminiscent of the great livres d’artiste of the post-war era such as Matisse’s Jazz (1947) and Picasso’s Tauromaquia (1959). Showing this alongside the sketches really demonstrates how the illustrations are an intrinsic part of his practice.’