Derek Ridgers / Archive
Renowned pop culture photographer Derek Ridgers has spent over four decades capturing the explosion of subcultures and style tribes from the 1970s to the present. He is best known for capturing the rise of early skinheads and Punk and the seismic scenes that existed in dark underground subcultures from clubs such as the Blitz, Hell and Taboo.
Derek Ridgers / Archive
Derek Ridgers (b. London, 1950) is one of London’s most influential club and street photographers, starting in the seventies with his documentation of the rise of the Blitz Kids, the New Romantics, Hell and Taboo in London. Ridgers originally trained as a graphic designer and worked in advertising for over a decade before taking up photography after testing a client’s camera product. Following a change in career Ridgers began working for the iconic British magazine The Face and the music weekly NME (New Music Express).
Ridgers documented the British style and music scene as the Punk rock era began to develop in the late 1970s. A founder of the straight-up style of photography, his observational approach to photographing London’s Youth enabled him to capture skinheads, punks, ravers, goth’s and fetishists as well as every hybrid style that has developed from these various subcultures.
A limited edition of Derek Ridgers archive images are available via Derek Ridgers Editions, which present a series of iconic prints for collectors and photography followers. The aim is to celebrate the Ridgers archive, and preserve the heritage of his iconic contribution to photography, music and fashion cultures which retain a legacy worldwide.
Unravel Productions represents the Derek Ridgers archive on a special project basis.
Derek Ridgers has published numerous books on his extensive subculture archive, some of which now have a cult status.
Photographs / Carpet Bombing Culture / 2018
In The Eighties - Portraits from Another Time / Carpet Bombing Culture / 2017
Punk London 1977 / Carpet Bombing Culture / 2016
The Dark Carnival - Portraits from The Endless Night / Carpet Bombing Culture / 2015
The Others / Idea Books/ 2015
Skinheads: 1979-1984 / Omnibus Press/ 2014
78-87 London Youth / Damiani/ 2014
Stare: Portraits from the Endless Night / Goliath/ 2007
When We Were Young: Club & Street Portraits 1978 - 1987 / Photoworks/ 2004
Derek Ridgers x Art BLock, Truman Brewery, London / 2018
FORTY YEARS OF PUNK, Paul Smith, London / 2016
Derek Ridgers – London Youth – Galerie Koll & Friends, Berlin / 2015
All Or Nothing – G511ERY gallery, London (2013), and Ketchum Pleon, London / 2014
Afternoon at the Seven Palms and Other Stories – The Society Club, London / 2013
Unseen – The Society Club gallery, London / 2012
The Endless Night: 35 Years of Nightclub Portraits – The Museum of Club Culture, Hull / 2012
Every Bodies Enemies (with printer Danny Flynn) – Ketchum Pleon, London / 2010
One Man Show – City Centre Art Gallery, Dublin / 1990
The Kiss – Photographers' Gallery, London / 1982
Skinheads – Chenil Studio Gallery / 1980
Punk Portraits – ICA, London / 1978
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