Photography

Ridgers, Derek (1952)

As soon as he began taking photographs, Derek Ridgers directed his lens towards the underground and extreme youth culture, from punks and skinheads to acid house clubbers and New Romantics. In bars such as the legendary Blitz Club, streets and clubs, the British photographer captured impassioned kisses, exhausted party-goers collapsed on the floor, provocative and controversial subjects that contrasted with the austere feel of the Thatcher years. Derek Ridgers also depicted celebrities such as Johnny Depp, Vivienne Westwood and Julian Schnabel, aware that the changing and influential faces of fashion, music and culture that were to be found within anonymous stylish movements contributed to the popularity of individuals that had turned counterculture into official standards.
 

Derek Ridgers, Lucy, 1997
Derek Ridgers, Lucy, 1997
Derek Ridgers, Lara & Jamie, 2015
Derek Ridgers, Lara & Jamie, 2015
Derek Ridgers, Leonora Scelfo, 1996
Derek Ridgers, Leonora Scelfo, 1996
Derek Ridgers, Malcolm, 1988
Derek Ridgers, Malcolm, 1988
Derek Ridgers, Martin, 1978
Derek Ridgers, Martin, 1978
Derek Ridgers, Michael Stipe, 1991
Derek Ridgers, Michael Stipe, 1991
Derek Ridgers, Nick Cave, 1997
Derek Ridgers, Nick Cave, 1997
Derek Ridgers, Nettie Harris, 2012
Derek Ridgers, Nettie Harris, 2012
Derek Ridgers, She, 1993
Derek Ridgers, She, 1993
Derek Ridgers, Skin, 1996
Derek Ridgers, Skin, 1996
Derek Ridgers, Smiler, 1984
Derek Ridgers, Smiler, 1984
Derek Ridgers, Theo Kogan, 1994
Derek Ridgers, Theo Kogan, 1994
Derek Ridgers, Babs, 1987
Derek Ridgers, Babs, 1987
Derek Ridgers, Crash, 2015
Derek Ridgers, Crash, 2015
Derek Ridgers, Tom Waits, 1992
Derek Ridgers, Tom Waits, 1992
Derek Ridgers, Tosh, 1983
Derek Ridgers, Tosh, 1983
Derek Ridgers, From series The Other, Der Putsch, 1986
Derek Ridgers, From series The Other, Der Putsch, 1986
Derek Ridgers, From series The Other, Blitz, 1986
Derek Ridgers, From series The Other, Blitz, 1986
Derek Ridgers, Regine Fetet at Batcave, From series The Other, Der Putsch, 1984
Derek Ridgers, Regine Fetet at Batcave, From series The Other, Der Putsch, 1984
Derek Ridgers, From series The Other, Camden Palace, 1982
Derek Ridgers, From series The Other, Camden Palace, 1982
Derek Ridgers, From series The Other, Astoria, 1983
Derek Ridgers, From series The Other, Astoria, 1983
Derek Ridgers, From series The Other, Le Beat Route, 1981
Derek Ridgers, From series The Other, Le Beat Route, 1981
Derek Ridgers, From series The Other, Pleasure Dive, 1985
Derek Ridgers, From series The Other, Pleasure Dive, 1985
Derek Ridgers, From series The Other, Le Beat Route, 1980s
Derek Ridgers, From series The Other, Le Beat Route, 1980s
Derek Ridgers, From series The Other, Fooberts, 1984
Derek Ridgers, From series The Other, Fooberts, 1984
Derek Ridgers, From series The Other, Palace, 1982
Derek Ridgers, From series The Other, Palace, 1982
Derek Ridgers, From series The Other, Brixton, 1984
Derek Ridgers, From series The Other, Brixton, 1984
Derek Ridgers, Tim Flanagan and friend at Heaven, From series The Other, 1980s
Derek Ridgers, Tim Flanagan and friend at Heaven, From series The Other, 1980s
Derek Ridgers, From series The Other, Planets, 1981
Derek Ridgers, From series The Other, Planets, 1981
Derek Ridgers, Tasty Tim in his room, From series The Other, 1980s
Derek Ridgers, Tasty Tim in his room, From series The Other, 1980s
Derek Ridgers, From series The Other, 1984
Derek Ridgers, From series The Other, 1984
Derek Ridgers, Flanagan, Chelsea, 1983
Derek Ridgers, Flanagan, Chelsea, 1983
Derek Ridgers, Helena, 1982
Derek Ridgers, Helena, 1982
Derek Ridgers, Leicester Square, 1982
Derek Ridgers, Leicester Square, 1982
Derek Ridgers, Mark, Leicester Square, 1981
Derek Ridgers, Mark, Leicester Square, 1981
Derek Ridgers, Mark, Taboo, 1985
Derek Ridgers, Mark, Taboo, 1985
Derek Ridgers, New Romantic, Chelsea, 1980
Derek Ridgers, New Romantic, Chelsea, 1980
Derek Ridgers, Tuinol Barry, Kings Road, 1983
Derek Ridgers, Tuinol Barry, Kings Road, 1983
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