Terrence "Terry" Richardson (born August 14, 1965) is an American fashion and portrait photographer who has shot advertising campaigns for Marc Jacobs, Aldo, Supreme, Sisley, Tom Ford, and Yves Saint Laurent among others. He has also done work for magazines such as Rolling Stone, GQ, Vogue, Vanity Fair, Harper's Bazaar, i-D, and Vice.
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. Following the divorce of his parents, Richardson moved to Woodstock, New York, with his mother and step-father, Jackie Lomax. Richardson later moved to the Hollywood neighborhood of Los Angeles, where he attended Hollywood High School. He moved with his mother to Ojai, California, where he attended Nordhoff High School, when he was 16. Richardson originally wanted to be a punk rock musician rather than a photographer. He played bass guitar in the punk rock band The Invisible Government for four years. He played bass for a variety of other punk bands in Southern California including Signal Street Alcoholics (SSA), Doggy Style, Baby Fist and Middle Finger.
His mother reportedly gave Richardson his first snapshot camera in 1982. He used the camera to document his life and the punk rock scene in Ojai. In 1992, Richardson quit music and moved to the East Village neighborhood of New York City, where he began shooting scenes of young people partying and New York City's nightlife. It was in New York City that Richardson had his first "big break." His first published fashion photos appeared in Vibe in 1994. His Vibe spread was shown at Paris's International Festival de la Mode later that year. Following the showing, Richardson shot an advertising campaign for fashion designer Katharine Hamnett's spring 1995 collection. The campaign was noted for images of young women wearing short skirts with their pubic hair showing.
Richardson moved to London, England, following the Katharine Hamnett advertising campaign. In London he worked for European magazines such as The Face, i-D and Arena.
Throughout his career, Richardson has shot the campaigns of fashion brands and designers such as: Marc Jacobs, Aldo, Supreme, Sisley,Tom Ford, and Yves Saint Laurent. 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 2012, Lady Gaga announced that Richardson was filming a documentary about her life.
He has also been involved with RxArt, a charity that donates art to children's hospitals. In 2014, Richardson participated in a charity egg hunt sponsored by the House of Fabergé in New York City. The hunt benefited Studio in a School, a classroom arts program, and Elephant Family, a wildlife conservation program.
Richardson held his first gallery showing in 1998. The show, entitled "These Colors Don’t Run" and held at Alleged Gallery, coincided with the release of his first book entitled Hysteric Glamour. His work was later featured at another show entitled "Smile" at Alleged Gallery. Richardson had his first Paris show at Galarie Emmanuel Perrotin in 1999. Richardson's "Feared by Men Desired by Women" was shown at an exhibition at London's Shine Gallery the following year.
"Terryworld," an exhibition of Richardson's work of the name, was shown in 2004 at Deitch Gallery in New York City. The Orange County Museum of Art showed Richardson's work as part of a group show entitled "Beautiful Losers" in 2005. "Mom + Dad," a show exhibiting work from Richardson's book of the same name, was held at Half Gallery in New York City in 2011. The same year, photographs from Richardson's book Hong Kong were shown at Art Hong Kong. Richardson's work was later shown at Los Angeles's OHWOW Gallery. The exhibition was titled "TERRYWOOD" and ran from February 24 to March 31, 2012.
Richardson has directed music videos since the late 1990s. He directed videos for Death in Vegas and Primal Scream as well as 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's video for "Hurricane". On August 29, 2013 he directed Beyoncé in a music video at Coney Islandfor 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".