Terry Richardson: Becoming a Celebrity in His Own Right

Terry Richardson, who was born on August 14, 1965 is an American photographer who focuses heavily on fashion and portrait photography. He’s most famous for shooting ad campaigns with Aldo, Supreme, Marc Jacobs,Yeves Saint Laurent, Tom Ford and Sisley, with a plethora of other names under his belt. Along with those, he’s even found himself working with magazines such as GQ, Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, i-D, Vice and Harper’s Bazaar.

In 1982 is when Richardson got his first camera from his mother, and that was when a photographer was born. He liked to use his camera mostly to shoot his life and the punk rock scene that found its way around Ojai. A decade later in 1992, Richardson found himself moving out of a quiet neighborhood and into the bustling city of New York, New York where he still lives and works today — with the move, he planned to quit music and focus more on his career as a photographer. After the big move, he liked to focus on the younger generation, their social lives and mainly the prominent party scenes that were beginning to heavily pop up in the New York area.

I 1994, Terry had his first big break when he was published in Vibe, this spread was shown at Paris’s International Festival de la Mode later in the year, which is a huge compliment to Terry and the work that he’s shown. After this, Richardson was doing fashion shoots for a fashion designer by the name of Katharine Hamnett, and was shooting her 1995 spring collection. This was a notable shoot since it was most note for young women wearing skirts that were short, and they had their pubic hair showing.

Throughout his career, he’s shot hundreds of campaigns for famous fashion brands and designers, making a good name for himself within both the photography industry and the fashion industry alike. After the Katharine Hamnett shoot, he found himself moving to London, England. While he resided their, he worked for European magazines like i-D, Arena, and The Face.

When Richardson was working with Diesel, he worked heavily on a campaign ‘Global Warming Ready’ which was one of his most notable and prominent works, this won a Silver Lion Print at Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival in 2007. His work with portraits also hasn’t gone unnoticed, as he was working back in Paris in 2011, he hosted a mutual launch with company founder Renzo Rosso and fashion editor Carine Roitfeld at Colette.

A few years ago in 2012, Richardson worked on his first solo exhibition at Los Angeles’s OHWOW Gallery. His exhibition was named ‘TERRYWOOD” and was running from the end of February to the end of March. In the same year, a viral video of him with Kate Upton spread like wildfire, and famous pop artist Lady Gaga announced he was working with her and filming a documentary about his life — where he also known for shooting quite a few music videos.

Terry Richardson has been making a name for himself for quite some time, and it doesn’t look like he plans to stop anytime. He knows how to make a mark on the world and open people up to his work and all of the messages behind it. His personal life helps him tremendously when it comes to his work and inspires him as well. His an influential photographer who does a great job with his work.

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