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Fashion Photographer Miles Aldridge Not So Interested In Diversity

A newly released book of his photography entitled I Only Want You to Love Me features a cast of look-a-like "Western" models. And by "Western," Aldridge means white.

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"My gaze, my radar is a middle class or upper class white woman," Aldridge says.

Miles Aldridge: I Only Want You to Love Me; Rizzoli, New York 2013.

I Only Want You To Love Me cover; Aldridge quoted from an interview with Bullett magazine.

And so I Only Want You To Love Me is filled with suitably porcelain-skinned caricatures. Rich white women lying on nice carpets, for example.

Rich white women appearing on Extreme Couponers

Miles Aldridge: I Only Want You to Love Me; Rizzoli, New York 2013.

"This week my local supermarket has baked beans on sale at $1.49 and I have a coupon for $1.50 off so I'm going to buy 600 tins and then throw them all away because I don't even know what baked beans are."

Rich white women lighting their cigarettes from the oven.

Miles Aldridge: I Only Want You to Love Me; Rizzoli, New York 2013.

Wait, shouldn't there be a maid handy to do this sort of thing?

A gallery show in New York by the same name features more of Aldridge's whitewashed work.


Of the one discordant image featuring in the exhibition (pictured above), Aldridge explains, "I didn’t set out to shoot a “fat” girl because I thought that would be funny. I was aware that Fellini had done some amazing images with large women and I thought that was something I could try.

"By having a large person, somebody who’s outside of this typical demographic, then I start saying something about being a large person. Do you see my point? I’m not interested in saying that Felicity is questioning her largeness, I’m interested in the world."

The world of rich white women, yes.

Aldridge's aesthetic extends uniformly beyond his new book.

There are hundreds of his photos showcased in the "Editorials" section of his website. None feature models of color.

Here's one example of his editorial photography featuring a black model.

Via forums.thefashionspot.com

Also featuring some dead lobsters. (From Vogue Italia, April 2011; an editorial which doesn't feature on his personal website.)

In conclusion, another Aldridge quote: "The world is fucked, what a mess. But I don’t feel responsible and I don’t want to change it."

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