Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Parents please cover your children's eyes. This next celebrity on board is only for the mature folk

The American photographer, Terry Richardson, was born in New York City in 1965, raised in Hollywood and Ojai California, and is the son of fashion photographer Bob Richardson. Terry Richardson is an international celebrity as well as one of the most prolific and compelling photographers of his generation. Known for his uncanny ability to cut to the "raw" essence of whomever appears before his lens, Mr. Richardson's vision is at once humorous, tragic, often beautiful, and always provocative.

Terry began photographing his environment while attending Hollywood High School and playing in a punk rock band, which is the roots of his individuality through his art. And he hasn't stopped shooting since. He has shot for numerous advertisements for fashion designers and editorial pieces. Terry has lensed campaigns for such clients as Gucci, Sisley, Miu Miu, Chloe, Hugo Boss, and Levi's. His editorial work has appeared in magazines such as French Vogue, British Vogue, i-D, GQ, Harper's Bazaar and Purple. Richardson's impressive list of subjects includes Daniel Day Lewis, Leonardo DiCaprio, Vincent Gallo, Tom Ford, Jay Z, Kanye West, Johnny Knoxville, Karl Lagerfeld, Pharell Williams and many others.

Terry's work has been the subject of numerous group and one man shows throughout the world, and he has published books, beginning with Hysteric Glamour in 1998, and stretching through his career until his most recent work, a retrospective from Taschen, entitled Terryworld 25th Anniversary Edition. Terry's work spans to a variety of mediums: he has shot music videos and commercials and is currently working on his first feature film. There are a few series within his collections that are NSFW (not suitable for work). Of course, a few prudish people immediately complain some of Terry's series were offensive, because they were too sexually explicit. But its nothing but an art form. If you know what's best for you, you will not search Terry Richardson with the safesearch off in a library or with your boss.

Whatever the medium, Terry Richardson continues to prove that he is a true American Original.

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