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Steidl to launch new Miles Aldridge book, 'Please Return Polaroid'

Miles Aldridge is set to launch his latest book, published by Steidl, this autumn. The book features 150 polaroids, spanning two decades, taken at Aldridge’s photoshoots and follows our pop-up polaroid show at Simon Dickinson in May of this year.

In anticipation of the launch, Steidl interviewed Aldridge on how the book came into being and how his career developed from illustrator, to film director, to photographer…

Steidl writes:

‘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.’

We look forward to sharing the official launch date with you soon…!