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.
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.
Richardson has been accused multiple times of sexual exploitation of young models. 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." 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."
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." Charlotte Waters took to Reddit to post a similar story of her own sexual abuse at the hands of Richardson. Waters states, "I wanted to say, 'Hey, I've experienced this first hand. These aren't just rumors.'" Other models have come forward as well.[who?]
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."
Model Noot Seear has defended him, claiming that he does not pressure those he works with into doing anything they are uncomfortable with, while designer Marc Jacobs, although admitting problems within the industry, has said that as a person Richardson is "not ill-spirited."
- (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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