Documentary & Fashion Photographer
Derek Ridgers 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.
Ridgers work has been exhibited internationally since the seventies; Recently Derek has published several monographs with Carpet Bombing Culture including The Dark Carnival , PUNK LONDON 1977 and In The Eighties - Portraits from Another Time and Photographs.
Recently Derek’s collaboration with Gucci on a book entitled 'Hortus Sanitatis' published with IDEA Books.
Blondie, James Brown, Nick Cave, Frank Zappa, John Lee Hooker, Lee Scratch Perry, Kylie, Iggy Pop, Prince, Rag 'n' Bone Man, Snoop Dog, Tom Waits, Johnny Depp, Richard Harris and Julian Schnabel.
Time Out, The Sunday Telegraph, NME, The Face, The Independent on Sunday, The Guardian, The Observer, The Sunday Times, GQ & GQ Style, Jocks&Nerds, King Kong and 10 Magazine.