Terry Richardson

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Terry Richardson
Terry Richardson 2011.jpg
Terry Richardson in 2011
Born Terrence Richardson
(1965-08-14) August 14, 1965 (age 48)
New York City, New York, U.S
Alma mater
Occupation Fashion photographer
Years active 1993–present
Agent art Partner
Style Punk aesthetic, "amateur" aesthetic
Home town Hollywood and Ojai, California, U.S.
Parents Bob Richardson

Terrence "Terry" Richardson (born August 14, 1965) is an American fashion and portrait photographer.

Early life[edit]

Richardson was born in New York City, the son of Norma (Kessler), an actress,[1][2] and Bob Richardson, a fashion photographer who struggled with schizophrenia and drug abuse.[3] Richardson was raised in Hollywood, a neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, where he attended Hollywood High School; and Ojai, California, where he attended Nordhoff High School.[4] He was shy as a teenager and at some times deemed "completely lacking in social skills." He played bass guitar in the punk rock band The Invisible Government for six years.[4] Richardson began photography in high school.[5]


Richardson has shot campaigns for Marc Jacobs, Aldo, Supreme, Tom Ford, and Yves Saint Laurent among others. He has done work for magazines such as Rolling Stone, GQ, Vogue, Vanity Fair, Harper's Bazaar, i-D, and Vice.[6]

Richardson has produced several campaigns for Diesel, including the 'Global Warming Ready' which won a Silver Lion for Print at Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival in 2007.[7] Throughout the years he has also produced several private portraits for the company's founder, Renzo Rosso. In September 2011, they hosted a mutual book launch together with fashion editor Carine Roitfeld, at Colette in Paris.[8]

In 2012 Richardson embarked on his first solo exhibition at Los Angeles's OHWOW Gallery. The exhibition was titled "TERRYWOOD" and ran from February 24 to March 31, 2012.[9] In December of that year, Lady Gaga announced that Richardson was filming a documentary about her life.


There are several repeating themes in Richardson's work, notably that of putting high-profile celebrities in mundane situations and photographing them using traditionally pedestrian methods, such as the use of an instant camera.[10] His work also explores ideas of sexuality, with many of the pieces featured in his books Kibosh and Terryworld depicting full-frontal nudity and both simulated and actual sexual acts.[11] Initially, many of Richardson's subjects would be shot before a white background but he eventually expanded to other backdrops. He is also well known for posing with his subjects, often trading his trademark glasses[12] with them so they may "pretend to be him" and vice versa.[13][14]


The sexual nature of Richardson's photography has always been controversial, as has the sexualized atmosphere and activity at his photoshoots, in particular on the part of Richardson himself. He has been repeatedly accused of sexual assault.[4][6][15][16]

In March 2010 Richardson was accused by Danish model and filmmaker Rie Rasmussen, who was upset at Richardson's use of her picture in his Terryworld book alongside shots of half-naked young girls depicted as performing sex acts. Rasmussen commented, "He takes girls who are young, manipulates them to take their clothes off and takes pictures of them they will be ashamed of. They are too afraid to say no because their agency booked them on the job and are too young to stand up for themselves."[4][6] Model Jamie Peck related, "Of all the fine folks I've frolicked au naturel for, he's the only one who's left me feeling like I needed to take two showers."[17]

Following the publication of these allegations, the website Jezebel.com called on other models to come forward with their experiences with Richardson. Jenna Sauers, a model-turned-blogger for the site, stated she received numerous anonymous accounts of the photographer's behavior: "I have heard from a lot of models that he has worked with that all say his M.O. is the same. You suddenly get naked and then he touches you and he goes further and further. But you're surrounded by his assistants and they are validating his actions."[18] Charlotte Waters took to Reddit to post a similar story of alleged sexual abuse. Waters states, "I wanted to say, 'Hey, I've experienced this first hand. These aren't just rumors.'"[19]

In response to these allegations, Richardson said, "I just want to take a moment to say I’m really hurt by the recent and false allegations of insensitivity and misconduct. I feel fortunate to work with so many extraordinary people each and every day. I’ve always been considerate and respectful of the people I photograph and I view what I do as a real collaboration between myself and the people in front of the camera."[18] In an open letter written for The Huffington Post Richardson added "Sadly, in the on-going quest for controversy-generated page views, sloppy journalism fueled by sensationalized, malicious, and manipulative recountings of this work has given rise to angry Internet crusades. Well-intentioned or not, they are based on lies. Believing such rumors at face value does a disservice not only to the spirit of artistic endeavor, but most importantly, to the real victims of exploitation and abuse."[20]

Vice co-founder Gavin McInnes defended Richardson in 2004, saying “Terry was in deep shit with all of those first-year feminist types about eight months ago over at Deitch," referring to a gallery owned by Jeffrey Deitch who also stood his ground on Richardson's work being displayed.[15]

Model Noot Seear has defended him, claiming that he does not pressure those he works with into doing anything they are uncomfortable with,[21] while designer Marc Jacobs, although admitting problems within the industry, has said that as a person Richardson is "not ill-spirited."[22] Model Charlotte Free defended Richardson on her Tumblr account, which was later deleted.[23]

Personal life[edit]

Richardson was married to model Nikki Uberti from 1996 to 1999.[10] He was subsequently in a relationship with model and actress Shalom Harlow.[24]


Music videos[edit]

Richardson has directed music videos, including an alternate music video of the song "Find a New Way" by the band Young Love and Whirlwind Heat's "Purple" featuring models Susan Eldridge and Kemp Muhl.[25] He directed the music video for "Red Lips" by Sky Ferreira.[26] He also makes a cameo appearance in Thirty Seconds to Mars' video for "Hurricane".[27] On August 29, 2013 he directed Beyoncé in a music video at Coney Island for her single "XO".[28] Richardson also directed the music videos for "Wrecking Ball" by Miley Cyrus[29] and "Do What U Want" by Lady Gaga and R. Kelly. He also directed Taylor Swift's "The Last Time".[30]


  1. ^ LaBruce, Bruce (1998). "Terry Richardson". Index Magazine. Retrieved February 15, 2014.
  2. ^ Horyn, Cathy (December 12, 2005). "Bob Richardson, 77, Who Energized Fashion Photography, Dies". The New York Times. Retrieved February 15, 2014.
  3. ^ Sischy, Ingrid (April 10, 1995). "The World of Fashion: Exposure". The New Yorker. Retrieved August 30, 2010.
  4. ^ a b c d Smith, Emily (March 11, 2010). "Model snaps at fashion fotog". New York Post. Retrieved August 29, 2010.
  5. ^ "Bio". TerryRichardson.com. Retrieved December 31, 2012.
  6. ^ a b c Davies, Caroline (March 19, 2010). "Fashion photographer Terry Richardson accused of sexually exploiting models". The Guardian. Retrieved August 29, 2010.
  7. ^ Duncan (March 6, 2007). "Diesel Global Warming Ready". The Inspiration Room. Retrieved October 20, 2011.
  8. ^ Boardman, Mickey (October 1, 2011). "Mr. Mickey's Paris Fashion Week in Pictures: Part 1". Paper. Retrieved October 20, 2011.
  9. ^ "Terry Richardson – Terrywood". (December 14, 2011). OHWOW Press Release. Retrieved March 3, 2012.
  10. ^ a b Garnett, Daisy (August 27, 2001). "Sure Shot". New York, vol. 34 no. 33, pp. 116–122. Retrieved September 22, 2010.
  11. ^ Holson, Laura M. (March 2, 2012). "The Naughty Knave of Fashion's Court". The New York Times. Retrieved March 4, 2012.
  12. ^ "Moscot collaborates with famed photographer, Terry Richardson, to recreate his signature specs" (Press release). Moscot. May 16, 2011. Retrieved January 10, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Adam Levine as Me". Terry Richardson's Diary. (February 8, 2012). Retrieved February 27, 2012.
  14. ^ "Nicola Formichetti as Me". (February 9, 2012). Terry Richardson's Diary. Retrieved February 27, 2012.
  15. ^ a b Eaton, Phoebe (September 20, 2004). "Terry Richardson's Dark Room". The New York Observer. Retrieved August 29, 2010.
  16. ^ Scott, Savannah (October 15, 2013). "5 reasons why Terry Richardson is a f***ing scumbag & you should boycott his work". Indecent Xposure.com. Retrieved November 9, 2013.
  17. ^ Peck, Jamie (March 16, 2010). "Terry Richardson Is Really Creepy: One Model’s Story". The Gloss. Retrieved March 18, 2014.
  18. ^ a b Piazza, Jo (March 25, 2010). "Sexual Misconduct by Fashion Photographers Is Par for the Industry, Models Say". Fox News. Retrieved August 9, 2011.
  19. ^ Kulze, Elizabeth (March 11, 2014). "'Oh My God, What's Happening?' Up Close and Personal With a Terry Richardson Model". Vocativ. Retrieved March 14, 2014.
  20. ^ Richardson, Terry (March 14, 2014). "Correcting the Rumors". The Huffington Post. Retrieved March 21, 2014.
  21. ^ Thorp, Charles (March 19, 2010). "Model Noot Seear Defends Terry Richardson". New York. Retrieved April 22, 2011.
  22. ^ Ramirez, Elva (March 23, 2010). "Marc Jacobs on Terry Richardson: 'He's Not Ill-Spirited'". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved April 22, 2011.
  23. ^ Wong, Jada (February 19, 2013). "Why Is Charlotte Free Defending Terry Richardson?". Styleite. Retrieved March 21, 2014.
  24. ^ Callahan, Maureen (November 3, 2013). "Exposing Terry Richardson, fashion's favorite 'pervert'". New York Post. Retrieved November 23, 2013.
  25. ^ gigiriva (November 24, 2008). "The best model in a music video". Bellazon. Retrieved October 17, 2011.
  26. ^ Aquino, Tara (June 15, 2012). "Interview: Sky Ferreira Talks 'Red Lips', Terry Richardson and Being Seen As A Socialite". Complex. Retrieved July 11, 2013.
  27. ^ MTV News (December 1, 2010). "30 Seconds To Mars' 'Hurricane' Video: The References". MTV. Retrieved April 20, 2012.
  28. ^ Scarborough, Joey and Bill Hutchinson (August 30, 2013). "Beyoncé rides Coney Island Cyclone for music video shoot directed by Terry Richardson". Daily News. Retrieved September 6, 2013.
  29. ^ Cubarrubia, RJ (September 9, 2013). "Miley Cyrus Bares All for 'Wrecking Ball'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved September 9, 2013.
  30. ^ Newman, Melinda (November 18, 2013). "Taylor Swift and Snow Patrol's Gary Lightbody in 'The Last Time' video". HitFix. Retrieved December 19, 2013. 

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