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.
The photographer Terry Richardson started taking pictures when he was still in high school and living with his mother in Southern California; at that time the punk aficionado would rather have been a rock star or a hairdresser, but after assisting a few photographers, he found himself addicted to creating his own images.
"My dad gave me some good advice: If you're working and you don't know what to do, just stop and take a walk and look at people. For me, that's what I should be doing; I should be photographing people as people. Just see how people move and what they do. That's why it's funny when you're working with models, because you're like, "Just be like a human being! Like when you're walking down the street or when you go buy a coffee or hail a cab or get something to eat - just do that." People forget the minute when there's hair and makeup and camera - they lose a sense of themselves. But the coolest thing is to capture someone's soul or spirit or something or an energy. For me that is the most interesting moment. Every day we feel different: Sometimes we're happy; sometimes we're sad. But to photograph someone as they are is my favorite."