September 29, 2016

Miles Aldridge, Please Return Polaroid

Miles Aldridge 
Please Return Polaroid

Miles Aldridge 
Please Return Polaroid
Steidl, 2016
204 pages - 29.5 x 29.5 cm / 11.6 x 11.6 in.
Four-color process - Clothbound - € 38.00
ISBN 978-3-95829-099-0

In this book Miles Aldridge revisits his Polaroid archive of twenty very prolific years of magazine assignments. Many of these Polaroids were intentionally or accidentally damaged while working on different shoots — trimming, adjusting, marking, cutting, pasting, outlining specific details in order to enhance, modify, reassemble or discard. Liberated from their original context, the images take on a life of their own and create an almost dreamlike narrative. By partly enlarging and arranging the Polaroids in unexpected ways, Aldridge treats them as singular, independent images that deserve due respect. We are granted a rare insight into a photographer’s storyboard and work process while learning to appreciate the importance of flaws and imperfections, but also of playfulness, on the journey to the finished photograph.

MILES ALDRIDGE: Short biography
Miles Aldridge, born in London in 1964, has published his photographs in such influential magazines as American and Italian Vogue, Numéro, The New York Times, and The New Yorker. His work has been exhibited in numerous group shows, and his solo shows include those at Brancolini Grimaldi in Florence, Hamiltons Gallery in London, and Steven Kasher Gallery in New York. Miles Aldridge’s work is held in the National Portrait Gallery and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and in the International Center for Photography in New York.