Terry Richardson’s pictures are action-packed with playfulness and charged with scenes of a sexy nature. Usually shot against a plain white background, his subjects appear wholly uninhibited and the stark flash of his camera catches them boldly indulging in the most provocative of poses. His studio is a world where sexual themes dominate both before and behind the scenes; where music from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs blares through the in-house stereo and ups the ante – inviting the models to bare all, or most anyway.
Richardson, who poses with President Barack Obama on his website and has photographed many celebrities including Robert Downing Jr., Marc Jacobs, Kanye West and Agyness Deyn, to name but a few, works to primarily have a connection with his sitters. Speaking on his style, he says ” … It’s kind of spontaneous and you kind of feed off a person and see what they’re willing to do or give or what they’re into or how they’re feeling that day.” “There is no concept or anything  …  I have no idea what I am going to do until I get there and just make it up.”
Richardson, a geeky-looking, tattooed, former punk musician, has always pushed the boundaries and attracted criticism and controversy about his work. Despite this, he is the go-to photographer when high-fashion glossy magazines, such as Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar are feeling just a little saucy. Mr Richardson helps realise their defiant, debauched fantasies.
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