Man vs smartphone: for Aldridge, photo-fiction wins

English photographer hacks Cattelan, Miller e Gilbert & George works. Result is a theatrical mise-en-scène.

Circling The Small Ads (after Miller) Screenprint in colours, 2017

Miles Aldridge: (after). Icily erotic, aesthetic from pulp and noir films, pop iconography. From November 23 to January 5 in London's Lindsey Ingram gallery, photographer Miles Aldridge exhibits his artistic response to Maurizio Cattelan, Harland Miller and Gilbert & George. Aldridge is the master of the hybrid: composes photos that are theater and mise en scène paintings.

“Aldridge sees (after)” is a way of communicating the complexity of the photographic image in the smartphone age. Aldridge questions about the artistic meaning of the photography: “Today everyone can take a good picture, so what does the medium mean today?” “What about going out of your comfort zone as a photographer and pushing the camera to the limit? In this show I am thinking about how photographic images have been consumed and asking the question: do they have to be photographs? I have never seen photography as simple. I like the formal mise-en-scène. I think that fiction and theatricality can be more truthful than documenting reality, especially in this age of fake news”.

The exhibition is accompanied by a Michael Bracewell writing.

Dove :
20 Bourdon Street, Mayfair, London W1K 3PL
23 November – 5 January 2018

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