Terry RichardsonTerry Richardson
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Early life

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.

Personal life

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


(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.

Music videos

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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