An Overview of the Career of Terry Richardson: One of My Favorite PhotographersDecember 5, 2014 - Author: steph
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Terry Richardson is a fashion and portrait photographer who was born in New York City in 1965. His father, Bob Richardson, was also a fashion photographer while his mother Norma Kessler was an actress.
When he was 16, he and his mother moved to Ojai, California where he attended Nordhoff High School. Around this time, he got involved in the punk scene and discovered photography. His mother supposedly gave him his first camera in 1982, and he used it to take pictures of his fellow punk rockers. At the time, though, he wanted to be a punk rock musician, rather than a photographer. He played bass guitar in a band called the Invisible Government for four years.
In 1992, Richardson quit music and moved to New York City’s East Village, where he began taking pictures of the city’s nightlife and people partying. Two years later, he got his first big break when Vibe published his fashion photos. That Vibe spread was later shown at the International Festival de la Mode in Paris. Afterwards, he shot an advertising campaign for fashion designer Katherine Hamnett’s 1995 spring collection. That campaign attracted attention because of the pictures of young women wearing very short skirts that showed their pubic hair.
After working with Hamnett, Richardson moved to London, where he worked for European magazines like The Face, I-D, and Arena. Over the years, he has also shot photos for magazines like Rolling Stone, Vogue, Vanity Fair, GQ and Harper’s Bazaar. He has shot fashion spreads for designers like Yves Saint Laurent, Aldo, Tom Ford, and Marc Jacob. In 2007, he won a Silver Lion for Print at the Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival for his work with the Italian clothing company Diesel.
In 1998, Richardson held his first gallery showing at Alleged Galley in New York. At the same time, he published his first book, Hysteric Glamour. The following year, he had his first show in Paris at the Galarie Emmanuel Perrotin. Over the years, he has published about a dozen books, with the most recent being Lady Gaga x Terry Richardson.
Since the late 1990’s, Richardson has also directed music videos. He has worked with such artists as Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, Thirty Seconds to Mars, and Primal Scream. He married the model Nikki Uberti in 1996, but they divorced three years later.
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