In the Eighties, the new book from London photographer Derek Ridgers, delves into his vast archive of street portrait photography once more, this time offering insight into post-modern life, and style, in 1980s Britain.

For a generation experiencing “a decade of mass unemployment, strikes and riots,” the flurry of subcultures, or ‘tribes’, captured by Ridgers are revealed to be as much about escapism as expression, offering “ways out of the traditional identities that people no longer wanted to assume.”

Below, the photographer shares some of his favourite shots from the book.

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“In my opinion the great melange of different lifestyle choices for young people, that all co-exist happily today, was largely born out of the big kick in the arse that popular culture got from punk in 1977.”
Derek Ridgers
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In The Eighties will be released on 1st October carpetbombingculture.co.uk

Credits

Images Derek Ridgers Website derekridgers.com
Words Emma de Clercq

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