As a photographic artist, I explore contemporary society, both mainstream and the world of privilege, from a critical standpoint. Whether focusing on New York City black tie galas, the ritual of bathing at swimming pools, or other subjects, my work is a visual commentary about wealth, power, fame, desire and identity. My ambition as an artist is to open the viewer’s eyes to society's excesses as well as the possibility of redemption in unvarnished beauty. It is my hope that by holding a mirror up to reality, I can reflect deeper truths, not generally seen in the mass media, and in my own small way spark greater social as well as self awareness.
Miles Ladin’s sardonic pictures of the rich & famous have appeared in the pages of The New York Times, W Magazine, WWD, and the book, The World's Top Photographer's Workshops: Celebrity & Performance. In 2009, Ladin was commissioned by The Wolfsonian Museum to photograph "bathing culture" in Miami Beach. The resulting images, titled Sun Stroke Stimulus, were displayed at the museum in a solo exhibit.
His work has been exhibited at international venues such as The Center for Photography at Woodstock, The Photographer's Gallery in London, Exit Art in New York City, The Fine Art Works Center in Provincetown, and Sàn Art in Ho Chi Minh City. His photography is included in public and private collections such as The Victoria & Albert Museum, The Library of Congress, Mr. Philippe Ségalot, and Mr. John Guare.
In 2001, Ladin published his first limited edition artist's book titled "Lunch Poems." This homage to the poet Frank O'Hara, comprised of street photography, was subsequently acquired by The Museum of Modern Art/Franklin Furnace Artist Book Collection. His second artist's book, an homage to the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet James Schuyler is included in the Whitney Museum of American Art's Special Collections Library.