DEREK RIDGERS IS AN ENGLISH PHOTOGRAPHER WHO FOR OVER THIRTY YEARS HAS PHOTOGRAPHED SUBCULTURES, CAPTURING WITH HIS CAMERA THE FOOTSTEPS AND STYLES OF YOUNGER UNDERGROUND AND AVANT-GARDE GENERATIONS OF THE SEVENTIES AND EIGHTIES.
From 1978 to 1987 he collected the faces of London’s fetish scene, skinheads, punks, mods, the teddy boy, the psychobilly, rocker, alternative, and the neo-romantics. In London he photographed young people out of the ordinary, extravagant with their eccentric wardrobe. He spent his Saturdays on the London corners, trying to figure out what was happening on the streets and in the clubs. Those pictures, now, tell something stronger and the true reality. A photo feature of the most iconic styles of that time, where the underground music that developed between clubs, was a meeting opportunity of a generation. All this has been documented by the lens of Derek Ridgers, very young at that time and attentive to relate the movements that around him. Observer of trends, immortalized the young people of the time. He photographed sports, artists, politicians and various celebrities. His wonderful portraits were collect in his most famous books: “Skinheads: 1979-1984” and “78-87: London Youth”. Ridgers has exhibited at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, the Museum of Modern Art, the National Portrait Gallery, Tate Modern, Tate Britain, the Museum of London, the BritArt Gallery, Selfridges and Victoria and Albert Museum.