Derek Ridgers

Derek Ridgers

Derek Ridgers is one of the UK’s foremost portrait photographers with a career spanning forty years. He is best known for his photography of music, film and club/street culture – photographing everyone from James Brown to The Spice Girls, from Clint Eastwood to Johnny Depp. During his career, Ridgers has worked for many publications, including Time Out, The Sunday Telegraph, NME, The Face, Loaded, The Sunday Times, The Sunday Independent, GQ Style and Arena.

Creator Bio

Derek Ridgers is an English photographer with a career spanning over thirty years. He is best known for his photography of music, film and club/street culture – photographing people such as James Brown, The Spice Girls, Clint Eastwood and Johnny Depp – as well as politicians (Tony Blair), gangsters (Freddie Foreman), artists (Julian Schnabel), writers (Martin Amis), fashion designers (John Galliano) and sports people (Tiger Woods). Ridgers has also photographed British social scenes such as skinhead, fetish, club, punk and New Romantics.


“Derek Ridgers is one of the most prolific photographers of 80s youth culture. From skinheads to the fetish scene, goths and New Romantics, Ridgers was on the front line, picking out the club kids and teen misfits who epitomised a defining decade of British subculture. Now, over four decades since he first picked up a camera, the photographer has published a retrospective of his work, simply titled: Derek Ridgers: Photographs. “This is my masterwork,” he tells Dazed. “It’s my best photographs from the last 45 years.” Dazed

“Portraits capturing Johnny Depp, Snoop Dogg and Keith Richards at their unpolished best go on display in exhibition of Derek Ridgers’ work – and he even made Kylie look edgy. Photographer Derek Ridgers documented British subcultures in the 1980s.
He went on to photograph some of the world’s biggest rock stars and actors. A retrospective of his work will be published and exhibited in London next month. Includes edgy snaps of Snoop Dogg, Keith Richards and Kylie Minogue” Daily Mail


Price £34.95
Format Hardback
Publication Date 28 September 2018
Pages 240
Height 316mm
Width 226mm
Rights World ex North America
ISBN-13 9781908211699