These are one of just a few known collections of documented photographs of the first British female youth culture ever to exist. In 1955, freelance photographer Ken Russell was introduced Josie Buchan, a Teddy Girl who introduced him to some of her friends. Russell photographed them and one other group in Notting Hill.
After his photographs were published in a small magazine in 1955, Russell’s photographs remained unseen for over half a century. He became a successful film director in the meantime (‘The Devils’, ‘Lisztomania!’, ‘The Who - Tommy’, ‘Altered States’, ‘Mahler’). In 2005, his archive was rediscovered, and so were the Teddy Girls.