Saturday, 15 February 2014

Portrait of Derek Ridgers

Derek Ridgers, photographer.

I first met Derek nearly 20 years ago, and he really doesn't seem to have changed much over the years, I have to say.   His hair may be a little greyer, but essentially his unassuming and pragmatic nature remain intact; as does his very dry sense of humour.   An expert in his field, he's a modest man who has accumulated an immense and varied body of work.  He doesn't appear to be enthralled at all by the glamour of the Hollywood A-listers he's photographed, giving equal credence to his superbly prolific archives documenting the British subculture. He's fair and impartial, each subject is given his full and focused attention.  He's a bit an enigma, really.