Ken Russell's documentary photos of London teens


Before the recently deceased Ken Russell made such phenomenal films as Women in Love, The Who's Tommy, and Altered States, he was a documentary photographer. In 1955, when he was still in art school, Russell shot a series of incredible photos of London's Teddy Girls, an East End teenage subculture. Here's a PDF of a fascinating article about that project from Amateur Photographer magazine a few years ago back. "The director's cut" (via @coseyfannitutti)


  1. Wow! I love these!

    So, how long shall it be before some designer see this photo essay and we see the Teddy Girl look revamped for a new generation?

    Not saying that that’s a bad thing. Love the style of those ladies!

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