Derek Ridgers’ new photography book Skinheads: 1979 – 1984 is a haunting reminder of the aggression that was present amongst London youth during that time. Back then, the culture was different. There was an air of rebellion, and primitivism that took form in violence. Skinheads were often found traveling in groups and promoting White Power insignia, which made for a truly menacing presence that is captured in these photographs. The style that became a central component to the movement was very rigid and utilitarian pulling together components of minimalism and 60’s mod. With their “uniforms”, shaved heads and attitudes, Ridgers says, “I thought they were the most photogenic youth cult of all”.
Photograph courtesy of Derek Ridgers / www.derekridgers.com