Terrence “Terry” Richardson has a unique eye for fashion. He also has prodigious skills with a camera. This combination has propelled him into the spotlight as a fashion and portrait photographer. His photographs have been featured on the covers of numerous magazines including GQ, Harper’s Bazaar, I-D, Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, Vice, and Vogue. The man just knows how to make people and clothing look their best. This has led to him being in great demand worldwide and put smiles on the faces of the many people who have been fortunate enough to work with him.
When Aldo, Marc Jacobs, Sisley, Supreme, Tom Ford, and Yves Saint Laurent needed a photographer to shoot iconic advertising campaigns, they reached out to Terry Richardson. And he did not disappoint. The man is truly a gifted artist and each of his shots is a work of art that captures the public attention. Even as he approaches his 60th birthday, he’s still able to bring a freshness and unique style to his work that’s rare, and he continues to find new ways to innovate beyond the camera. Millions say his style conveys a Punk aesthetic, or the authenticity of an amateur simply capturing the truth as it appears through their lenses.
Born in New York City and raised in Hollywood and Ojai, California, this son of famed photographer Bob Richardson and actress Norma Kessler was blessed with an understanding of how to make people and things look great in photographs. A talented musician, Terry initially dreamed of a future as a rock star and played with numerous punk rock bands throughout Southern California. When his mother gave him a snap shot camera in 1982, he used it to document his early life and capture the Ojai, California punk rock scene.
In the early 90s, Richardson gave up on his music career, moved to New York’s East Village, and began to take amazing photographs of New York’s nightlife and party scene. He burst on the fashion scene in 1993 and by 1994 had a fashion spread in Vibe magazine. Later that year those pictures stole the show at the International Festival de la Mode in Paris. The die had been cast. In 1995 Terry Richardson’s somewhat risqué shots of young, scantily clad female models for the 1995 spring line of fashion designer Katharine Hamnett was the talk of the fashion world.
With his star on the ascent, Richardson moved to London and worked for Arena, I-D, The Face and a number of other European magazines. His work with Diesel really put him on the map. Terry Richardson produced a series of private portraits of Renzo Ross, Diesel’s founder, and shot several campaigns for the magazine. His ‘Global Warming Ready’ campaign for Diesel in 2007 was shown at Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival and won a Silver Lion for Print.
Terry Richardson has gone on to work with fashion editor Carine Roitfeld, have a solo exhibition of his photographs at Los Angeles’s OHWOW Gallery, and shot a video of Kate Upton doing the Cat Daddy dance which went viral. In 2012, Lady Gaga chose Richardson to film a documentary focusing on her life. He has also shot numerous music videos Miley Cyrus, R. Kelly, Taylor Swift, and Beyoncé and his work has been featured in a number of books. He has also done portraits of celebrities and politicians, including Liza Minnelli, Kim Kardashian, Amy Winehouse, and Barack Obama.You can see some of the videos he’s directed, as well as behind the scenes to see how his photo shoots work.