Please Please return Polaroid is Miles Aldridge's ongoing love letter to Polaroid, a process that was once an integral part of many photographers' craft but is now more or less extinct, aside from the rare and outdated material that trades for exorbitant prices on eBay.
The sequel to Aldridge's 2016 Please Return Polaroid, this book presents new and vintage polaroids from his more than 20-year-old archive in a seemingly random order, shaped by dreamlike logic and surprising juxtapositions.
Please Return Polaroid explores Aldridge's dedication to analog processes where cutting and pasting is still a manual process, made with scissors, gaffer tape, intuition and no small amount of patience. Aldridge continues to use polaroids as part of his work-in-progress "sketches," often scratching, tearing and pasting, even drawing over them; each mark is part of the creative act. Aldridge is known for taking flawless photographs of a less-than-perfect world, and enjoys these unpolished images. Some photos become extreme enlargements that fill double pages with their processed and damaged surfaces. Long live Polaroid!
Title: Miles Aldridge: Please Please Return Polaroid
Publisher: Steidl Publishers
Size: 295 x 295 x 29 mm
Size: 204 pages
Weight: 1900 grams