Terry Richardson has been one of the most famous fashion and portrait photographers in the World since the mid 1990s, bringing his punk style to this glamorous World has made a sought after artist for magazines and advertising campaigns. Despite his American roots, Richardson has found fame through his work with many of the most stylish and fashionable magazines in Europe, including I-D and The Face. As his fame has become greater, Richardson has branched out in his career to direct music videos and produce a number of gallery exhibitions and books.
Born in New York City in 1965, Richardson is the son of fashion photographer Bob Richardson and actress Norma Kessler. After his parents divorce his mother married English rock n roll guitarist Jackie Lomax, changing her name to Jackie Lomax, finally Terry and his mother moved to Los Angeles where, legend has it, he was given a camera for the first time by his mother in 1982.
During his early years, Richardson is reported to have sought a career as a punk musician before finally embarking on a career as a photographer. The punk ideology is often reflected in the style he uses to photograph his subjects, which can include the use of basic camera technology over more expensive and highly developed technology. Richardson’s style is also known for the fact he is willing to take his subjects out of what would often be seen as there comfort zone. In much of his portrait photography Richardson positions his subjects in ordinary, everyday locations where they are posed in stylized ways as a glamorous juxtaposition with their surroundings. Richardson is also known for producing images that are highly sexual, often with the photographer posing within the image or having his subjects dress in his clothes and glasses.
The fame and reputation Richardson built from his critically well received magazine shoots and advertising campaigns for companies including Marc Jacobs and Aldo, has led to his work moving into the music video genre. many music artists now work with Richardson to create music videos showcasing the themes and stylized images the photographer is well known for. Richardson’s music video work has included promos created for the Primal scream song Swastika Eyes and the Death in Vegas video for Aisha. In recent years, Richardson has moved into the pop genre to work with many of the best known singers in the World, famously he was responsible for the Miley Cyrus Wrecking Ball video.
Richardson has also produced a series of gallery shows, his first appearing at the Alleged Gallery in 1998, like many of his shows the first was accompanied by a book, Hysteric Glamour. His prolific year of 2011 led to the release of three books, including the Lady Gaga x Terry Richardson, which was followed by the Terrywood exhibition in 2012. Terry Richardson is now one of the most sought after photographers for celebrity portraits and fashion advertising campaigns, he was married from 1996 to 1999 to the model Nikki Uberti.