When We Were Young Derek Ridgers SIGNED


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Please note, we have released archive copies of this highly collectible book for sale. All of our remaining copies show noticeable shelf-wear to cover edges. Although damage is entirely cosmetic and all pages and binding are pristine, we are happy to send photographs to prospective purchasers on request.

Over a period of ten years, from 1978 to 1987, British photographer Derek Ridgers painstakingly recorded the young inhabitants of London’s streets and Soho’s fashionable club scene. His resulting portraits of skinheads and the extravagant and exotic figures of the post-punk, ‘New Romantic’ era are a remarkable and fragile social document, a record of an incredibly inventive yet excessive youth culture. Many of Ridgers’ young subjects, such as Boy George and Steve Strange, went on to achieve fame and wider notoriety, but here they exist together in a self-regarding but vulnerable sub-culture, wan angels of the London night.

This book brings together Ridgers’ extraordinary photographs for the first time. Part photography monograph, part fashion history, part momento mori, this beautiful book also encapsulates the essence of Ridgers’ work and his influential role as quiet observer and collector of British street style.

Includes an essay by Val Williams plus an autobiographical text by Derek Ridgers.


A Photoworks publication in association with the London College of Fashion, supported by Arts Council England.

Signed by Derek Ridgers

Limited edition of 1000.

Designed by LOUP
Published in 2004
240mm x 165mm
160 pages
80 B&W plates, 52 colour plates

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