Famed fashion and celebrity photographer Terry Richardson was given his first snapshot camera by his mother in 1982. His first snapshots were of a visual documentation of his life and the life of the punk rock world which he loved. In 1992 he began shooting scenes from the nightlife.
Terry Richardson got his first big break in New York. He is famous for many different styles of photography. He has shot for fashion brands and designers such as Marc Jacobs and Aldo, just to name a few. His photography in magazines such as Rolling Stones, GQ, Vogue and Vanity Fair have made him a household name and well-respected in the world of photography and fashion. Terry Richardson’s photography career is not limited to magazines. He has also done shoots for advertising campaigns and music videos. Some of his most well-known music videos were for Beyoncé and Miley Cyrus’s Wrecking Ball which reportedly had over 5000 views in its first couple of days of release. He has also done a documentary with Lady Gaga which proves that Terry Richardson’s photography has no limits.
It may not surprise you after all you have learned so far about Terry Richardson that he also has done portrait photography. He has done portrait photography on stars such as Sharon Stone, Gwyneth Paltrow, Cameron Diaz and even President, Barack Obama, just to name a few. He also had a solo exhibition in 2012 at the OHWOW Gallery known as the TERRYWOOD.
Terry Richardson also does his part in the charity world. He has worked with a charity called RxArt which donates art to children’s hospitals. Richardson also participated in a charity egg hunt in New York City which benefited a classroom arts program and a wildlife conservation program known as Elephant Family that helps save the endangered Asian Elephant and other animals in their environment.
Terry Richardson’s style of photography has been described as shooting high profile celebrities in mundane situations. He has also explored the area of sexuality in his photography career with some shoots for Playboy.
Terry Richardson also has 13 photo books published which date from 1998 to 2011, including his most popular about Lady Gaga. There photo books give you the opportunity to explore his photography and learn more about his particular style.
It is clear from the short history given above that Terry Richardson’s illustrious photography career is not limited to one genre. If you are blessed in your lifetime to become a prominent figure in society you may be lucky enough to meet and have a photo shoot with this famous, well-known photographer whose talents know no boundaries. I am sure his mother never dreamed that her gift of a snapshot camera in 1982 would have taken her son so far in life.