“I Only Want You To Love Me”. No it’s not the name of a major blockbuster movie or me screaming at Mr. Style Barista, it’s the new Miles Aldridge exhibition at Somerset House (London) to be opened on 19 July. Although not a blockbuster movie the Miles Aldridge: I Only Want You To Love Me exhibition is for sure going to be a blockbuster, as this exhibition is a must see for fashion and photography lovers.
One of the biggest names in the fashion photography, Miles Aldridge portrays glamorous, beautiful women whose blank expression make you look twice. Nothing is as it seems. For instance, take Chromo Thriller #3 (see below), the image conjures much more than what is being portrayed. Or what about Fast Cars Fast Food #4? It draws you into the photo and you start to wonder what is she thinking or is she thinking at all (see below)? It’s almost like the women he portrays play a part in a film which isn’t so surprising as one of his influences include film directors. Miles Aldridge often starts his photos with story board drawings resulting in images between cinema and photography.
What can you expect to see at the Miles Aldridge: I Only Want You To Love Me exhibition? A major retrospective of Miles Aldridge’s career, the largest of his work organised to date. Walk past and gaze at large-scale photographic prints taken throughout his career as well as unpublished material such as polaroids, sketches, magazines and story-boards.
Coinciding with the “I Only Want You To Love Me” exhibition at Somerset House, gallery Brancolini Grimaldi is holding its first exhibition of work by Miles Aldridge “Short Breaths”. Miles Aldridge’s new limited edition portfolio “Carousel” will among others be presented (a complete set of 32 plates) as well as new work of the artist. As both exhibitions will present a different perspective on his work, it’s definitely worth visiting this exhibition as well.
￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼Put on your wish list the book by Miles Aldridge “I Only Want You To Love Me” published by Rizzoli.
Miles Aldridge work is also showcased at the Coming into Fashion: A Century of Photography at Condé Nast exhibition which takes place in Edinburgh (read more here).
Miles Aldridge: I Only Want You To Love Me (10 July-29 September 2013)
10am – 6pm Daily. Thursdays until 9pm
Embankment East Galleries, Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 1LA
Image above: Venus Smiles #8 © Miles Aldridge 2011
Chromo Thriller #3 © Miles Aldridge 2012
Fast Cars, Fast Food #4 © Miles Aldridge 2011
I Only Want You To Love Me #1 © Miles Aldridge 2011