Terry Richardson in 2011
August 14, 1965
New York City, New York, U.S
|Home town||Hollywood and Ojai, California, U.S.|
Richardson was born in New York City, the son of Norma (Kessler), an actress, and Bob Richardson, a fashion photographer who struggled with schizophrenia and drug abuse. 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. 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. Richardson began photography in high school.
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.
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. 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.
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. 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. 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. 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 with them so they may "pretend to be him" and vice versa.
- (1998) Hysteric Glamour. Hysteric Glamour (Tokyo). OCLC 86068704.
- (1999) Son of Bob. Little More (Tokyo). ISBN 978-4-947648-87-7.
- (2000) Terry Richardson – Feared by Men, Desired by Women. Shine Gallery (London). ISBN 978-0-9538451-1-8.
- (2002) Too Much. Sisley (Italy).
- (2004) Terry – The Terry Richardson Purple Book. Purple Institute (Paris). OCLC 62146661.
- (2004) Terry Richardson. Stern Gruner + Jahr (Hamburg). ISBN 978-3-570-19443-0.
- (2004) Terryworld. By Dian Hanson. Tashen (Hong Kong; Los Angeles). ISBN 978-3-8365-0191-0.
- (2006) Kibosh. Damiani Editore (Bologna). ISBN 978-88-89431-30-6.
- (2006) Manimal. Hysteric Glamour (Tokyo).
- (2007) Rio, Cidade Maravilhosa. Diesel/Vintage Denin (Brazil).
- (2011) Hong Kong. Diesel (Hong Kong).
- (2011) Mom & Dad. Mörel Books (London).
- (2011) Lady Gaga x Terry Richardson. Grand Central Publishing (New York). ISBN 978-1-4555-1389-5.
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. He directed the music video for "Red Lips" by Sky Ferreira. He also makes a cameo appearance in Thirty Seconds to Mars' video for "Hurricane". On August 29, 2013 he directed Beyoncé in a music video at Coney Island for her single "XO". Richardson also directed the music videos for "Wrecking Ball" by Miley Cyrus and "Do What U Want" by Lady Gaga and R. Kelly. He also directed Taylor Swift's "The Last Time".
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- Holson, Laura M. (March 2, 2012). "The Naughty Knave of Fashion's Court". The New York Times. Retrieved March 4, 2012.
- "Moscot collaborates with famed photographer, Terry Richardson, to recreate his signature specs" (Press release). Moscot. May 16, 2011. Retrieved January 10, 2014.
- "Adam Levine as Me". Terry Richardson's Diary. (February 8, 2012). Retrieved February 27, 2012.
- "Nicola Formichetti as Me". (February 9, 2012). Terry Richardson's Diary. Retrieved February 27, 2012.
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- Aquino, Tara (June 15, 2012). "Interview: Sky Ferreira Talks 'Red Lips', Terry Richardson and Being Seen As A Socialite". Complex. Retrieved July 11, 2013.
- MTV News (December 1, 2010). "30 Seconds To Mars' 'Hurricane' Video: The References". MTV. Retrieved April 20, 2012.
- 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.
- Cubarrubia, RJ (September 9, 2013). "Miley Cyrus Bares All for 'Wrecking Ball'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved September 9, 2013.
- 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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