He's the Annie Leibovitz of his generation, having shot every culturally related celeb of the past decade — Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Beyoncé. Richardson's own fame is due partly to his behavior of including himself in photographs of celebrities (his friends like to say he invented the selfie) and partly to his formal consistency: Most people who get photographed alongside Richardson undertake some facet of his signature look, resembling his glasses or thumbs-up gesture. It's an unchanging cartoon, a self-cloning that reached its highest expression in a photograph during which Chloë Sevigny wears faux muttonchops, red flannel, and glasses and is kissing the identically attired photographer.
Accompanying him on that two-week shoot within the Aegean had been his wife, a former Copacabana dancer named Norma Kessler who worked as his stylist, and their infant son, Terry. Terry shot the story alone, and the ensuing black-and-white pictures of downtown street life—children at urinals, spitting beer on the sidewalk, roller-skating at the Roxy—launched his profession.
On opening night, the sea of would-be attendees on Wooster Road numbered round 3,000. Those that made it inside were handled to large images of the photographer grinning whereas being fellated, and in addition a show of 1,000 teddy bears. When Terry was three, his father smoked an excessive amount of hash and handed out in the street in Morocco.
It is Richardson's earlier work that is on the root of much of the present furor surrounding the photographer. In August 2003, a young Romanian mannequin named Gabriela Johansson was dispatched by her company, L.A. Models, to the Chateau Marmont, where Richardson was doing a casting session. Through the shoot, she took her prime off, but when he pushed aggressively” for her to take away the remainder of her garments, she turned extraordinarily uncomfortable,” in response to a lawsuit she filed towards Richardson in 2005 , after a Richardson image of her surfaced in an artwork exhibit. Uncle Terry was feeling frisky that day!” He asked Peck to take off her underwear.
Another model displeased by her look in Terryworld was Rie Rasmussen, and in March 2010, she confronted Richardson in a Paris nightclub. Other than a short publish on his web site denying the allegations, Richardson made no public feedback, and he appeared to have weathered the controversy. I will be weird and not shake your hand,” stated dallas photographer Alex Bolotow, 31, who has worked as an assistant to Richardson for a lot of the past ten years, when I met her for coffee. She advised me she had met Richardson the identical night Jamie Peck first did, at the pinup-calendar casting. Richardson dropped out of faculty within the 10th grade, and by 18 was a heroin addict.