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Miles Aldridge Please Return Polaroid


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The photography of Miles Aldridge seems steeped in the formal and tonal aesthetics of a Mass Age glamour – but how that glamour might be re-surveyed forensically, as though photographed as a back-room crime scene. The viewer may feel to be both ‘looking’ and ‘watching’ – as though their experience is both pictorial and cinematic. These Polaroid images seem to depict their subjects as both object and event: we could be seeing either a still from a film, or an icily static tableaux vivant (with all its erotic overtones rendered into film noir undertones) or preparations for an epic production. – Michael Bracewell

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Immaculée – Study Unique Polaroid print with marker pen, 2007 Signed verso 8.6 x 10.8 cm

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Immaculée – Study Unique Polaroid print, 2007 Signed verso 8.6 x 10.8 cm

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Immaculée – Study Unique Polaroid print, 2007 Signed verso 8.6 x 10.8 cm

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Like a Painting – Study Unique Polaroid print, 2005 Signed verso 13.1 x 10.1 cm

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Roses – Study I & II Unique Polaroid print diptych, 1999 Each signed verso Each 8.6 x 10.8 cm £1,800

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Short Breaths – Study Unique Polaroid print, 2012 Signed verso 8.6 x 10.8 cm

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Short Breaths – Study Unique Polaroid print, 2012 Signed verso 8.6 x 10.8 cm

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Extravagant, Sophisticated Lady – Study I & II Unique Polaroid print diptych, 2011 Each signed verso Each 8.6 x 10.8 cm

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I Only Want You To Love Me – Study I Unique Polaroid print, 2012 Signed verso 8.6 x 10.8 cm

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I Only Want You To Love Me – Study I Unique Polaroid print, 2012 Signed verso 8.6 x 10.8 cm

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I Only Want You To Love Me – Study I Unique Polaroid print, 2011 Signed verso 8.6 x 10.8 cm

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I Only Want You To Love Me – Study Unique Polaroid print diptych, 2011 Each signed verso Each 8.6 x 10.8 cm

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Home Works – Study Unique Polaroid print, 2008 Signed verso 8.6 x 10.8 cm

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Extravagant, Sophisticated Lady – Study Unique Polaroid print diptych, 2011 Each signed verso Each 8.6 x 10.8 cm

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Trunk Food – Study Unique Polaroid print, 2007 Signed verso 12 x 10.7 cm

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Trunk Food – Study Unique Polaroid print, 2007 Signed verso 8.6 x 10.8 cm

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Up Brilliance – Study Unique Polaroid print diptych, 2004 Each signed verso Each 8.6 x 10.8 cm

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Standing Nude – Study Unique Polaroid print, 2008 Signed verso 8.6 x 10.8 cm

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Torso – Study Unique Polaroid print, 2001 Signed verso 8.6 x 10.7 cm

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Venus Smiles – Study II & III Unique Polaroid print diptych, 2011 Each signed verso Each 8.6 x 10.8 cm

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Venus Smiles – Study I Unique Polaroid print, 2011 Signed verso 8.6 x 10.8 cm

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Kiss of Death – Study I & II Unique Polaroid print diptych, 2008 Each signed verso Each 8.6 x 10.8 cm

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Shower – Study I Unique Polaroid print, 2009 Signed verso 8.6 x 10.8 cm

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Shower – Study II Unique Polaroid print with marker pen, 2009 Signed verso 8.6 x 10.6 cm

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Shower – Study Unique Polaroid print, 2009 Signed verso 8.6 x 10.8 cm

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Doll’s House – Study I Unique Polaroid print, 2008 Signed verso 8.6 x 10.6 cm

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Doll’s House – Study II & III Unique Polaroid print diptych, 2008 Each signed verso Each 8.6 x 10.6 cm

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Doll’s House – Study Unique Polaroid print, 2008 Signed verso 8.6 x 10.6 cm

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Ecstasy – Study Unique Polaroid print, 2002 Signed verso 8.6 x 10.8 cm

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Ecstasy – Study II Unique Polaroid print, 2002 Signed verso 8.6 x 10.8 cm

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Chained – Study I & II Unique Polaroid print diptych, 2010 Each signed verso Each 8.6 x 10.6 cm

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Piano Teacher – Study II Unique Polaroid print, 2010 Signed verso 8.6 x 10.8 cm

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Model in Studio – Study II Unique Polaroid print, 2009 Signed verso 13.1 x 10.1 cm

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HaHaHa! – Study I & II Unique Polaroid print diptych, 2014 Each signed verso Each 8.6 x 10.8 cm

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The Double – Study Unique Polaroid print, 2001 Signed verso 8.6 x 10.8 cm

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Merry Go Round Unique Polaroid print, 2016 Signed verso 10.1 x 13.1 cm

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The Red Lion – Study II Unique Polaroid print, 2012 Signed verso 8.6 x 10.8 cm

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Venus Smiles – Study III Unique Polaroid print, 2011 Signed verso 8.6 x 10.8 cm

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Night Drive – Study Unique Polaroid print, 2000 Signed verso 8.6 x 10.8 cm

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Night Bus – Study Unique Polaroid print, 2003 Signed verso 10.1 x 13.1 cm

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Curb – Study Unique Polaroid print, 2007 Signed verso 8.6 x 10.8 cm

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Minuit – Study I & II Unique Polaroid print diptych, 2007 Each signed verso Each 8.6 x 10.8 cm

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The Dead – Study Unique Polaroid print, 2012 Signed verso 8.6 x 10.8 cm

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The Dead – Study Unique Polaroid print, 2012 Signed verso 8.6 x 10.8 cm

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The Dead – Study Unique Polaroid print diptych, 2012 Each signed verso Each 8.6 x 10.8 cm

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Fast Cars – Study Unique Polaroid print, 2011 Signed verso 8.5 x 10.7 cm

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Girl – Study Unique Polaroid print, 2005 Signed verso 8.6 x 10.8 cm

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Waiting Room – Study Unique Polaroid print, 2006 Signed verso 8.6 x 10.8 cm

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Extase – Study Unique Polaroid print diptych, 2015 Each signed verso Each 8.6 x 10.8 cm

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Please Return Polaroid Unique Polaroid print with marker pen, 2000 Signed verso 13.2 x 10.6 cm

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Test Card Unique Polaroid print, 2016 Signed verso 8.6 x 10.8 cm

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Big Dreams – Study Unique Polaroid print, 2016 Signed verso 8.6 x 10.8 cm

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Canned Cherries – Study I & II Unique Polaroid print diptych, 2009 Each signed verso Each 8.6 x 10.6 cm

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Red Marks – Study Unique Polaroid print, 2003 Signed verso 8.6 x 10.8 cm

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Red Marks – Study Unique Polaroid print, 2003 Signed verso 8.6 x 10.8 cm

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A Drop Of Red – Study Unique Polaroid print diptych, 2001 Each signed verso Each 8.6 x 10.8 cm

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Spot the Fake – Study Unique Polaroid print, 2006 Signed verso 8.6 x 10.8 cm

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Bang! Bang! – study III Unique Polaroid print, 2008 Signed verso 8.6 x 10.6 cm

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Bang! Bang! – Study I & II Unique Polaroid print diptych, 2008 Each signed verso Each 8.6 x 10.8 cm

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Dinner Party – Study II Unique Polaroid print with marker pen, 2009 Signed verso 8.6 x 10.6 cm

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Model in Studio – Study I Unique Polaroid print, 2009 Signed verso 8.6 x 10.6 cm

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Madame Revé – Study I & II Unique Polaroid print diptych, 2005 Each signed verso Each 8.6 x 10.8 cm

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Madame Revé – Study Unique Polaroid print, 2005 Signed verso 8.6 x 10.8 cm

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A Dazzling Beauty – Study III Unique Polaroid print, 2008 Signed verso 8.6 x 10.7 cm

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A Dazzling Beauty – Study I & II Unique Polaroid print diptych, 2008 Each signed verso Each 8.6 x 10.7 cm

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The Pure Wonder – Study I & II Unique Polaroid print diptych, 2005 Each signed verso Each 8.5 x 10.7 cm

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3-D – Study Unique Polaroid print, 2008 Signed verso 8.6 x 10.8 cm

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The Pictures – Study Unique Polaroid print, 2013 Signed verso 8.6 x 10.8 cm

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The Abyss Unique Polaroid print, 2007 Signed verso 8.6 x 10.8 cm

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Silent Scream – Study Unique Polaroid print diptych, 2005 Each signed verso Each 8.5 x 10.7 cm

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The Fountain – Study Unique Polaroid print, 2011 Signed verso 8.5 x 10.5 cm

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A Family Portrait – Study II Unique Polaroid print, 2011 Signed verso 8.6 x 10.8 cm

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The Seagull – Study Unique Polaroid print, 2005 Signed verso 8.6 x 10.8 cm

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A Precious Glam – Study II & III Unique Polaroid print diptych, 2011 Each signed verso Each 8.5 x 10.6 cm

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A Precious Glam – Study I Unique Polaroid print, 2011 Signed verso 8.5 x 10.6 cm

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L’Ange Noir – Study I & II Unique Polaroid print diptych, 2005 Each signed verso Each 8.6 x 10.5 cm

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Lookable Legs – Study Unique Polaroid print, 2002 Signed verso 10.1 x 13.1 cm

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Stage – Study Unique Polaroid print, 2015 Signed verso 10.1 x 13.1 cm

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Labyrinths – Study I Unique Polaroid print, 2013 Signed verso 8.6 x 10.8 cm

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Silver Screen Dreams – Study I & II Unique Polaroid print diptych, 2006 Each signed verso Each 8.6 x 10.8 cm

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Actress – Study Unique Polaroid print diptych, 2012 Each signed verso Each 8.6 x 10.8 cm

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Donatella Versace – Study Unique Polaroid print with marker pen, 2011 Signed verso 8.6 x 10.8 cm

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Actress – Study III Unique Polaroid print, 2012 Signed verso 10.1 x 13.1 cm

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Casting Couch – Study I & II Unique Polaroid print diptych, 2006 Each signed verso Each 8.6 x 10.8 cm

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A Dazzling Beauty – Study Unique Polaroid print diptych, 2008 Each signed verso Each 8.6 x 10.8 cm

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Reclining Model – Study Unique Polaroid print, 2002 Signed verso 8.6 x 10.8 cm

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Figure – Study Unique Polaroid print, 2001 Signed verso 8.6 x 10.8 cm

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A Drop of Red – Study I & II Unique Polaroid print diptych, 2001 Each signed verso Each 8.6 x 10.8 cm

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In and Out – Study Unique Polaroid print, 2006 Signed verso 8.6 x 10.8 cm

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First Impressions – Study Unique Polaroid print, 2006 Signed verso 8.6 x 10.8 cm

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First Impressions – Study II & III Unique Polaroid print diptych, 2006 Each signed verso Each 8.6 x 10.8 cm

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Home Works – Study Unique Polaroid print triptych, 2008 Each signed verso Each print: 8.6 x 10.8 cm

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Gleaming Evenings – Study Unique Polaroid print, 2002 Signed verso 8.5 x 10.7 cm

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Reclining Head– Study Unique Polaroid print, 2002 Signed verso 6.6 x 10.8 cm

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Cat Story – Study Unique Polaroid print diptych, 2008 Each signed verso Each 8.6 x 10.8 cm

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Cat Story – Study I & II Unique Polaroid print diptych, 2008 Each signed verso Each 8.6 x 10.8 cm

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A Precious Glam – Study Unique Polaroid print diptych, 2011 Each signed verso Each 8.6 x 10.6 cm

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Royal Couture – Study Unique Polaroid print, 2012 Signed verso 8.6 x 10.8 cm

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La Manegé Enchanté – Study Unique Polaroid print, 2007 Signed verso 8.6 x 10.8 cm

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Night Car Study Unique Polaroid print diptych, 2015 Each signed verso Each print: 8.6 x 10.8 cm

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Lip Sync – Study II Unique Polaroid print, 2001 Signed verso 8.6 x 10.8 cm

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Lip Sync – Study III Unique Polaroid print, 2001 Signed verso 8.6 x 7.7 cm

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Photographs


Red Marks #1 Chromogenic print, 2003 Signed verso Edition of 3 40 x 60 inches

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The Dead #11 Chromogenic print, 2012 Signed verso Edition of 6 60 x 40 inches

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I Only Want You To Love Me #1 Chromogenic print, 2011 Signed verso Edition of 10 26 1/2 x 40 inches

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The Dead #9 Chromogenic print, 2012 Signed verso Edition of 6 60 x 45 inches

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Trunk Food #4 Chromogenic print, 2007 Signed verso Edition of 10 40 x 33 inches

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3–D Chromogenic print, 2010 Signed verso Edition of 10 40 x 40 inches

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Home Works #4 Chromogenic print, 2008 Signed verso Edition of 10 26 1/2 x 40 inches

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Biography Miles Aldridge was born in London in 1964, where he continues to live and work today. He studied at Central St. Martin’s and after graduating worked briefly as an illustrator before finding his way to photography in 1993. He is best known for his unsettling images of glamorous but disconcerted women that combine vibrant colour, cinematic narrative, and meticulous attention to detail. His photographs have appeared regularly in international publications such as American Vogue, The New Yorker, The New York Times, and most notably Vogue Italia, who he has worked closely with throughout his career. There are several books devoted to his work, including Pictures for Photographs (2009); Other Pictures (2012); and I Only Want You to Love Me (2013) – an extensive monograph of his photographs and drawings that accompanied a major retrospective of his work at Somerset House by the same title. In April 2014, he was invited by Tate Britain to create a temporary installation entitled Carousel II, as a response to Mark Gertler’s 1916 painting, Merry-go- Round.

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After a Polaroid was exposed it was kept warm under the armpit of one of my assistants for 120 seconds (30 seconds for black and white) before being peeled apart. The Polaroid would then be referred to for lighting, colour and composition. At the end of the shoot, a set of Polaroids with notes to my lab would be included with the shot film with the instruction “Please Return Polaroid”. – Miles Aldridge


Miles Aldridge – Please Return Polaroid 2016  

Like stills from a beautiful film, this selection of Polaroid photographs by Miles Aldridge are compelling, alluring and tense with disquiet...

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