Portrait(s) features twelve exhibitions around Vichy city center, both indoors and outdoors. For this iteration, the festival chose to mostly focus on documentary approaches to photography.
Chris Steele-Perkins’ series “The Teds” fits in perfectly with this theme. Indeed, the exhibition presents Steel-Perkins’ classic of British documentary photography. Between 1976 and 1979, he took unforgettable photographs of the antics, clothes, hairstyles, and in the end, lives of British working-class youth. The counter cultural stylings of the particular groups of youths Steele-Perkins followed became known as “Teddy boys” or “Teds” for short. What mades the “Teds” so unique was that the young movement’s followers expressed their social class, a generational identity and a zeitgeist all at once. Intentionally or not, the Teds made the vitality, shamelessness, and exuberance of working-class British youth an enduring influence on global culture. The Teddy Boys are direct if ingenious representatives of one of the most seminal generations of the 20th century, captured here in stunning photographs by Steele-Perkins.