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'I only ever went to those clubs that I knew attracted the sort of clientele that would want to be photographed. The peacocks and the show-offs and the kind of people that I could never have been myself (but might secretly have always wanted to be)' Derek Ridgers.
London has always been a party capital long before the 24-hour drinking law was ever dreamed up. For the past 40 years, British photographer Derek Ridgers has been at the forefront of the city's club scene, capturing the goings-on of our most exuberant night owls from punks, new romantics and goths to fetishists, disco queens and rockers. For his forthcoming book, 'The Dark Carnival: Portrait from the Endless Night', Ridgers has gone back over his extensive archive to collate a unique collection of portraits of London’s ever-changing and diverse subcultures. Here, Ridgers and those who were lucky enough to make the cut, give us the backstory to these fascinating photographs.
'The Dark Carnival: Portrait from the Endless Night' by Derek Ridgers is available from November, £29.95 and is published by Carpet Bombing Culture.