Terry Richardson is a talented, fearless photographer. He has a unique style that’s very effective whether he’s shooting fashion or portraits of celebrities and politicians. That style was partially developed during his formative years in New York and California. Undoubtedly the work of his father, famed photographer Bob Richardson, had some impact. However, Terry Richardson’s innovative style seems to come from equal parts natural talent and a willingness to evolve. When his mother, actress Norma Kessler, gave him his first camera in 1982 little did she know he would take the world of photography by storm.
Born in New York City and raised in Hollywood and Ojai, California, Terrance Richardson dreamt of being a rock star. He played bass guitar with numerous punk rock bands in Southern California. In 1992, he gave up his dream of a music career and moved to the East Village in New York to pursue his new passion. Photography. Success came quickly for him. Within 2 years of moving to New York and developing his chops shooting photographs of the nightlife and young people on the party scene there, he landed a job shooting fashion for Vibe magazine.
When Terry Richardson’s Vibe spread appeared at the International Festival de la Mode in Paris that year, it won him an international audience and the opportunity to shoot fashion designer Katharine Hamnett’s 1995 spring collection. The advertising campaign featured young women clad in short skirts which showed their pubic hair. After his successful fashion shoot for Hamnett, Richardson moved to London and immersed himself in producing fashion photography for Arena, i-D, The Face, and other European magazines.
Today Terry Richardson’s work for Aldo, Marc Jacobs, Yves Saint Laurent, Tom Ford, Sisley, Supreme, and many others has won him international acclaim. His photographs have appeared in GQ, Harper’s Bazaar, Rolling Stone, Vice, Vanity Fair, and Vogue. But Terry Richardson is more than just an incredible fashion photographer. He also does amazing personal portraits. Some of his subjects have included Jon Bon Jovi, Katy Perry, Samuel L. Jackson, Megan Fox, LeBron James, Sharon Stone, Shaun White, Gwyneth Paltrow, and President Barack Obama.
Part of Richardson’s genius is his ability to take powerful photographs of famous people in mundane situations. To experience his work you can simply attend a showing of his photographs at galleries worldwide or purchase one of the many books which feature his amazing work. That’s exactly what happened with Lady Gaga. Once she saw an example of Terry Richardson’s work, she immediately sought him out to have him shoot a film on the story of her life. This s the impact Richardson’s work has on many people. They want him to document their life and their work.
Since the 1990s Richardson has directed incredible music videos. He has done work for Miley Cyrus, R. Kelly, Death in Vegas, Primal Scream, Young Love, Whirlwind Heat, Sky Ferreira, Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, and Beyoncé. As he approaches age 50, Terry Richardson is still breaking new ground and challenging himself to learn and grow. He continues to work with new mediums, new equipment, new techniques, and new people. His mind’s eye still envisions innovative ways to capture the truth and beauty of every one of his subjects.
For Terry Richardson the camera is a versatile tool for revealing the essence of his subjects to anyone who views his work.Make sure to check out Terry Richardson on Twitter too, for more.