Introduction by Glenn O'Brien. Photographs by Miles Aldridge.
Amsterdam. Reflex Editions. 2008. First edition, limited to 1,000 copies. Cloth-bound hardback, dust jacket. 124 pages. Signed by Miles Aldridge in ink across title-page. Approx. 70 full-page colour photographs. 255 x 355mm (10 x 14"). 1.6kg. 9789071848056. English. Fine.
Published to coincide with Miles Aldridge's second exhibition at the Reflex New Art Gallery in Amsterdam, in 2008. The catalogue reproduces photographs created by Aldridge for fashion magazines Vogue, Paradis, The New York Times and Numeroin 2007 and 2008. The title "Acid Candy" refers to the hard boiled sweets Aldridge had as a child, but also reflects the acid-hued colours of his photographs and the hallucinatory nature of the scenes.
'Luckily there are photographers who have their own clear style, who take pleasure in scratching at the thin veneer laid over the fashion world in a stylish way. Like Miles Aldridge. Both his assignments and his own work present the vision of another world. It is an autonomous universe of powerful images, full of references to classic films. Models and brand names seem to be just an afterthought as the whole atmosphere is more important. The feeling produced is strong and eccentric, but also humorous. Sometimes hyper-realistic (mother with child in the kitchen), sometimes hyper-fairytale (the girl against the flowery background), sometimes hyper-traditional roles (the watch series) and sometimes hyper-scary.
If you look a bit longer, then you will notice a certain discomfort underlying the world of glamour. As if something terrible is just about to happen. Miles Aldridge definitely does something more than shooting beautiful pictures. His work has various layers, which gives viewers who know their art history an added pleasure. See the photos from the ‘shopping series’ with its cheerful colour cacophony of pop art, or the Madonna’s inspired by Giovanni Lorenzo Bernini’s statue, The Ecstasy of Saint Theresa.
Admirers of ‘still lifes’ will also be amazed. Miles Aldridge charmingly contradicts the prejudicial idea that the world of luxury and fashion is only superficial.' (from Reflex Gallery's exhibition description).
Glenn O'Brien, who provides the introduction, is editorial director of Warhol's Interview Magazine and edited and co-wrote Madonna's Sex book.