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Terry Richardson in a Snapshot


American fashion and portrait photographer, Terrance “Terry” Richardson, is not your average photographer. Richardson has shot for large names and brands such as: Marc Jacobs, Tom Ford, Yves Saint Laurent, Supreme, Sisley, and many more. In addition, He has done work for magazines such as Vanity Fair, Vice, GQ, Vogue, and Rolling Stone.


Richardson, born on August 14, 1965, was raised in New York City by his mother Norma Kessler and Bob Richardson. Richardson’s father struggled with schizophrenia and drug abuse, which took part in the divorce with his wife. After moving around a bit, Richard settled down in Ojai, California attending Nordhoff High School at the age of 16. During these and the later years he dabbled as a bass player in various bands such as The Invisible Government, Signal Street Alcoholics, Doggy Style, Baby Fist, and Middle Finger.


It was said that Richardson’s mother introduced him to his first camera at the age of 17. The years of his punk rock life were documented in snapshot form. At the age of 27, Richardson finally left his passion for music and moved back to New York City. At the age of 29, he published his first fashion photos in Vibe.  The next year, Richardson’s photos were features in Katharine Hamnett’s spring 1995 collection. With the success of Hamnett’s campaign, Richardson moved to London, England to work for magazines such as The Face and Arena.


More recently, in 2012, Richardson released his first solo exhibition in Los Angeles. The exhibition took place at the OHWOW Gallery and was titled “TERRYWOOD”. His exhibition ran from February 24 to March 31, 2012. Later that year, Richardson released a viral video of Kate Upton performing the Cat Daddy dance for Richardson in his studio. This viral video served as an excellent channel for viewers to get to know more about Richarson and his endeavors. Moreover, toward the end of his eventful year, he began filming a documentary about Lady Gaga. Gaga’s documentary, entitled ARTPOP, was released toward the end of 2013 with her album also titled ARTPOP.


While photography was his first love, he didn’t stop at snapshots. Richardson has been directing music videos since the late 1990s, including Beyonce’s music video for “XO,” Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball,” Lady Gaga’s “Do What U Want,” and Taylor Swift’s “The Last Time.”


Richardson’s love for being in the public eye doesn’t just stop at fashion and the arts. He’s been involved with charities such as RxArt, a charity that donates art to children’s hospitals, and a charity egg hunt in New York City sponsored by the House of Faberge.


Through all of this, Richardson’s style and aim is quite distinct. Moreover, there are several recurring themes in Richardson’s work that put a signature on his productions. It is noted that his style involves putting popular celebrities in everyday situations, photographing or shooting them from pedestrian shots with items such as an instant camera. Furthermore, Richardson tends to delve into the concept of human sexuality, but is no stranger to nonsexual works.


Richardson is a well-respected artist in his field with accolades from models including Noot Seear, Daisy Lowe, Charlotte Free, Marc Jacobs, and Vice Co-founder Gavin McInnes.