Forums > Photography Talk > Terry Richardson - thoughts?

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Andrew Attah

Posts: 1699

London, England, United Kingdom

Okay so I don't post here much, but I'm interested to see how opinions fluctuate over time...  Last time I started this thread, about 3 years ago (at a guess), most people loathed him, however, I wonder if there's been a change in the popular opinion here.

Me, personally, I think he's easily one of the best fashion photographers working today, but anyway:

http://www.terrysdiary.com/

A lot of his work is there, but here're some direct links in case you don't have time to flick through looking for the print stuff:

http://www.terrysdiary.com/post/2219437 … ar-out-now
http://www.terrysdiary.com/post/2144242 … bazaar-out
http://www.terrysdiary.com/post/2102390 … ers-bazaar
http://www.terrysdiary.com/post/1995495 … -by-nicola
http://www.terrysdiary.com/post/1895159 … ar-out-now
http://www.terrysdiary.com/post/1895156 … bazaar-out
http://www.terrysdiary.com/post/1807444 … -me-for-gq
http://www.terrysdiary.com/post/1771201 … gazine-out

Lots of Harpers work there, for sure.  But you get the...  Picture.

As an extra.  Kate Upton's Cat Daddy (Poss NSFW):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MCUnWIs88CQ

May 11 12 01:36 pm Link

Photographer

Zinc Photography

Posts: 190

Seattle, Washington, US

Even though it's not a style I love I'm very happy for his success. Regardless of what anyone thinks it's not easy to get people to name a certain look after you "Terry Richardson style"

And I think the connection/chemistry he has with his subjects isn't respected enough. Without that a well programmed robot could take excellent portraits.

May 11 12 01:42 pm Link

Photographer

ontherocks

Posts: 22615

Salem, Oregon, US

he seems to get on well with his models. but if they feel pressured to put out then that's the old casting couch thing that really shouldn't be happening in this day and age. if they put out because they think he's cool, well then i kind of envy him. lol.

May 11 12 01:46 pm Link

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Andrew Iverson Media

Posts: 569

River Falls, Wisconsin, US

His usual white wall ring light shots don't do anything for me (me being someone who loves his own ring light even), and honestly i'm more than a little envious of his success. He can also be a bit creepy from things i've read, and that turns me off.

That said, when he goes beyond the usual style of his, like the image below, i'm finding i like his work. Oh well.

http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m3d1gh68eV1qa42jro1_1280.jpg

May 11 12 01:50 pm Link

Photographer

L A U B E N H E I M E R

Posts: 8793

Seattle, Washington, US

Andrew Attah wrote:
Okay so I don't post here much, but I'm interested to see how opinions fluctuate over time...  Last time I started this thread, about 3 years ago (at a guess), most people loathed him, however, I wonder if there's been a change in the popular opinion here.

Me, personally, I think he's easily one of the best fashion photographers working today, but anyway:

http://www.terrysdiary.com/

A lot of his work is there, but here're some direct links in case you don't have time to flick through looking for the print stuff:

http://www.terrysdiary.com/post/2219437 … ar-out-now
http://www.terrysdiary.com/post/2144242 … bazaar-out
http://www.terrysdiary.com/post/2102390 … ers-bazaar
http://www.terrysdiary.com/post/1995495 … -by-nicola
http://www.terrysdiary.com/post/1895159 … ar-out-now
http://www.terrysdiary.com/post/1895156 … bazaar-out
http://www.terrysdiary.com/post/1807444 … -me-for-gq
http://www.terrysdiary.com/post/1771201 … gazine-out

Lots of Harpers work there, for sure.  But you get the...  Picture.

As an extra.  Kate Upton's Cat Daddy (Poss NSFW):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MCUnWIs88CQ

religion and politics.

May 11 12 02:02 pm Link

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Moon Pix Photography

Posts: 3892

Syracuse, New York, US

My thoughts?  He sucks.

May 11 12 02:04 pm Link

Photographer

A-M-P

Posts: 18211

Orlando, Florida, US

Andrew Attah wrote:
Me, personally, I think he's easily one of the best fashion photographers working today, but anyway:

In my opinion successful yes, Best NO.

May 11 12 02:09 pm Link

Photographer

Andrew Attah

Posts: 1699

London, England, United Kingdom

Andrew Iverson Media wrote:
His usual white wall ring light shots don't do anything for me (me being someone who loves his own ring light even), and honestly i'm more than a little envious of his success. He can also be a bit creepy from things i've read, and that turns me off.

That said, when he goes beyond the usual style of his, like the image below, i'm finding i like his work. Oh well.

http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m3d1gh68eV1qa42jro1_1280.jpg

I'm fairly sure he doesn't use a ring flash.  Bracketed Speedlite is what I believe is his weapon.

May 11 12 02:36 pm Link

Photographer

Andrew Attah

Posts: 1699

London, England, United Kingdom

Moon Pix Photography wrote:
My thoughts?  He sucks.

Any insight into your opinion?

May 11 12 02:37 pm Link

Photographer

Robert Jewett

Posts: 2462

al-Marsā, Tunis, Tunisia

Brilliant at marketing and "playing the game". 

Total perv/creeper.

Low talent photographically.

Can't stand him, myself.

May 11 12 02:42 pm Link

Photographer

Andrew Attah

Posts: 1699

London, England, United Kingdom

Robert Jewett wrote:
Brilliant at marketing and "playing the game". 

Total perv/creeper.

Low talent photographically.

Can't stand him, myself.

What exactly makes him a pervert?  I've heard some stories but I've only ever heard one side of the argument/they seem to be from aspiring models that never made it.

What is it about his photographic process that makes him "low talent"?  Correct me if I'm wrong but his images are exposed perfectly, well composed, have a great energy about them, do exactly what they're supposed to do and work great in their context.  What is it I am missing?

May 11 12 03:32 pm Link

Photographer

L A U B E N H E I M E R

Posts: 8793

Seattle, Washington, US

Andrew Attah wrote:
What exactly makes him a pervert?  I've heard some stories but I've only ever heard one side of the argument/they seem to be from aspiring models that never made it.

What is it about his photographic process that makes him "low talent"?  Correct me if I'm wrong but his images are exposed perfectly, well composed, have a great energy about them, do exactly what they're supposed to do and work great in their context.  What is it I am missing?

i find them incorrectly exposed, poorly composed, and have awful energy about them, and they don't do exactly what they're supposed to do, and they work poorly  in their context.

to each their own. wink

honestly though, i just don't dig the vibe he seems to project.

May 11 12 03:54 pm Link

Photographer

MMDesign

Posts: 18647

Louisville, Kentucky, US

Thoughts? I think he has been discussed here ad nauseam.

May 11 12 04:06 pm Link

Model

Jessie Shannon

Posts: 2004

Las Vegas, Nevada, US

If shit could be a creep......he would be a shitty creepwad.

Oh wait he is a shitty creepwad.

May 11 12 04:09 pm Link

Photographer

Neil Snape

Posts: 9473

Paris, Île-de-France, France

Keep tailing about him and he'll stay at the top where you want him.

May 11 12 04:16 pm Link

Photographer

GCobb Photography

Posts: 15894

Southaven, Mississippi, US

I don't think about him.

May 11 12 04:23 pm Link

Photographer

eos3_300

Posts: 1508

Brooklyn, New York, US

Andrew Attah wrote:
What exactly makes him a pervert?  I've heard some stories but I've only ever heard one side of the argument/they seem to be from aspiring models that never made it.

Have you seen his sex book ?
http://jezebel.com/5495699/exclusive-mo … otographer
http://nymag.com/daily/fashion/2010/03/ … _form.html
Some Coco person says she wont work with him again
http://www.styleite.com/media/coco-roch … ver-again/

May 11 12 04:23 pm Link

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AVD AlphaDuctions

Posts: 10557

Gatineau, Quebec, Canada

Andrew Attah wrote:
What exactly makes him a pervert?  I've heard some stories but I've only ever heard one side of the argument/they seem to be from aspiring models that never made it.

clearly you missed a few years. there was stuff all over the net, including right on his website (since taken down). Since there are are a huge handful of links in the OP I find it hard to believe anyone could miss out on the fact that everything was way beyond 'one side'.  I more than begin to suspect a http://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-iw5TaUpM1OI/AAAAAAAAAAI/AAAAAAAAABg/oWjr6XtVW8o/s120-c/photo.jpg here.

May 11 12 04:28 pm Link

Photographer

MC Photo

Posts: 4144

New York, New York, US

Mark Laubenheimer wrote:

i find them incorrectly exposed, poorly composed, and have awful energy about them, and they don't do exactly what they're supposed to do, and they work poorly  in their context.

to each their own. wink

honestly though, i just don't dig the vibe he seems to project.

I can see why you'd have those opinions on everything but his exposures. They are so consistently dead on it's really amazing.

May 11 12 04:42 pm Link

Photographer

MC Photo

Posts: 4144

New York, New York, US

I'm curious how many people here who have opinions about him have met him or worked with him.

It's naive to believe that you can know the things about him that people are claiming through the media. I guarantee that everyone here has heard a story retold that they were involved in or witnessed first hand and were able to see how far from reality the storytelling was. The stories could all be true, but judging from the sources I think it's immature to be as judgemental as some people are.

There is at least one photographer here who works as a creative director and hired him for shoots. He said that Terry has the best rapport with his subjects compared to any photographer he's ever seen shoot.

I met him once briefly and he was a quiet, gentle and humble person.

I haven't experienced any first hand accounts of bad behavior, only second and third hand.

I bet the stories are as accurate as the rumored specs for the 5Dmk IV.

May 11 12 04:53 pm Link

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Glen Berry

Posts: 2788

Huntington, West Virginia, US

MC Photo wrote:
I can see why you'd have those opinions on everything but his exposures. They are so consistently dead on it's really amazing.

Then again, after you shoot several thousand similar images of people standing in front of a white wall, you tend to get the hang of it.  big_smile

May 11 12 05:07 pm Link

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nathan combs

Posts: 3687

Waynesboro, Virginia, US

i think he ROCKS !!!!!!

May 11 12 05:12 pm Link

Photographer

AVD AlphaDuctions

Posts: 10557

Gatineau, Quebec, Canada

MC Photo wrote:
I'm curious how many people here who have opinions about him have met him or worked with him.

It's naive to believe that you can know the things about him that people are claiming through the media. I guarantee that everyone here has heard a story retold that they were involved in or witnessed first hand and were able to see how far from reality the storytelling was. The stories could all be true, but judging from the sources I think it's immature to be as judgemental as some people are.

There is at least one photographer here who works as a creative director and hired him for shoots. He said that Terry has the best rapport with his subjects compared to any photographer he's ever seen shoot.

I met him once briefly and he was a quiet, gentle and humble person.

I haven't experienced any first hand accounts of bad behavior, only second and third hand.

I bet the stories are as accurate as the rumored specs for the 5Dmk IV.

go on the wayback machine and look what used to be on his own website ffs.  this is not being judgemental lol. inability to find stuff that is so readily available really looks like trolling.  go ahead and bet. not wasting any more time on this.

May 11 12 05:19 pm Link

Photographer

Giacomo Studios

Posts: 50

Raleigh, North Carolina, US

Imagine a thread... (Your Name). Thoughts...

Wow. This guy must rock. Someday... maybe I will see the subject line "Mark Giacomo. Thoughts."

At that point you know you have made an impression on the world and this makes some people  maybe... jealous.

May 11 12 05:35 pm Link

Model

Tansy Blue

Posts: 317

Nottingham, England, United Kingdom

Let me put it this way...

If the images in his book were in the portfolio of a photographer wanting to work with me, I would turn down that photographer.

I think his work is pretty good, but I prefer Meisel and Mert & Marcus (clearly I have a thing for photographers whose names begin with M). I sometimes feel like Terry Richardson wants to be Bob Carlos Clarke, and is failing miserably.

May 11 12 05:37 pm Link

Photographer

GER Photography

Posts: 7949

Imperial, California, US

Never met him but I've heard he's a schmuck!!

May 11 12 05:43 pm Link

Photographer

Giacomo Studios

Posts: 50

Raleigh, North Carolina, US

Tansy Blue wrote:
Let me put it this way...

If the images in his book were in the portfolio of a photographer wanting to work with me, I would turn down that photographer.

I think his work is pretty good, but I prefer Meisel and Mert & Marcus (clearly I have a thing for photographers whose names begin with M). I sometimes feel like Terry Richardson wants to be Bob Carlos Clarke, and is failing miserably.

My name begins with "M"!! Maybe someday we will be discussing an article something like this:

"Though Giacomo shoots for everyone from Vogue to Harper's Bazaar to V, there is one gaping hole in his current body of work: W, which he hasn't shot for in ages. W's editors haven't commented on why, but according to one rumor, he was banned because art director Dennis Freedman found a photo he took of a model posed naked in a prison cell offensive"

Dream on Mark..... lol.
Again my point.... there is a lot of jealous drama here. The guy has been a huge success. Some people do not like that.

May 11 12 05:52 pm Link

Photographer

MichaelClements

Posts: 1739

Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

One of the best fashion photographers? Bahahahaha don't make me laugh. Widen your palette.
Wish I had his bank account? Hell yes.

May 11 12 05:52 pm Link

Photographer

Leon Bailey

Posts: 523

Orlando, Florida, US

Got some cool stuff that I see.

May 11 12 05:58 pm Link

Photographer

Glen Berry

Posts: 2788

Huntington, West Virginia, US

Tansy Blue wrote:
I sometimes feel like Terry Richardson wants to be Bob Carlos Clarke, and is failing miserably.

I'm not sure why you say that. When I look at Terry Richardson's work, I really don't see any significant resemblance to the work of Bob Carlos Clarke (who happens to a big favorite of mine.)

More likely, I'd say he's trying to be the William Eggleston of the fashion world.

May 11 12 06:11 pm Link

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Andrew Thomas Evans

Posts: 24078

Minneapolis, Minnesota, US

I can't understand why more MM shooters wouldn't love him as well. He takes "crappy" pictures, sleeps with models, and makes shit tons of money... He is living a gwc's/mm'rs dream!



Andrew Thomas Evans
www.andrewthomasevans.com

May 11 12 06:14 pm Link

Photographer

Giacomo Studios

Posts: 50

Raleigh, North Carolina, US

Andrew Thomas Evans wrote:
I can't understand why more MM shooters wouldn't love him as well. He takes "crappy" pictures, sleeps with models, and makes shit tons of money... He is living a gwc's/mm'rs dream!



Andrew Thomas Evans
www.andrewthomasevans.com

Hmmm. Ostensibly he appears to be getting paid very well  doing something that WE ALL LOVE. Perhaps we all share the dream and some of us are jealous.

May 11 12 06:21 pm Link

Photographer

Andrew Thomas Evans

Posts: 24078

Minneapolis, Minnesota, US

Giacomo Studios wrote:
Perhaps we all share the dream and some of us are jealous.

Or very few on MM get fashion, art, marketing, persistence, and sales...




Andrew Thomas Evans
www.andrewthomasevans.com

May 11 12 06:24 pm Link

Photographer

Giacomo Studios

Posts: 50

Raleigh, North Carolina, US

Andrew Thomas Evans wrote:

Or very few on MM get fashion, art, marketing, persistence, and sales...

Andrew Thomas Evans
www.andrewthomasevans.com

Or more to the point "get WELL PAID (and thus recognized by the market) for fashion, art, persistence, and sales..."

Again... people get jealous of this kind of success. I would not pay attention to the BS. This guy is making it in a market that is highly competitive. Rock on!

May 11 12 06:34 pm Link

Photographer

MC Photo

Posts: 4144

New York, New York, US

Glen Berry wrote:

Then again, after you shoot several thousand similar images of people standing in front of a white wall, you tend to get the hang of it.  big_smile

Yes, but have you seen the other stuff he shoots?

May 12 12 08:29 am Link

Photographer

Mike Stewart 247 Foto

Posts: 274

Houston, Texas, US

The thing Terry Richardson does that I admire most, is consistently deliver exciting images. He brings out real, in the moment emotion / attitude in his subjects. He creates a shooting environment where anything goes... a no limit fun zone. Every shot POPS. I like his style. He's obviously a master salesman & marketer.

All the predatory allegations about him are exactly that... allegations. Me, I don't hear one side of a story and let my jury out.

May 12 12 12:54 pm Link

Photographer

Taryn Goodge

Posts: 4

Chicago, Illinois, US

The biggest deal with Terry isn't that he is not a good photographer, it is that he just, doesn't treat his models with respect.
I love his work, and respect his work, but his studio is like a large pedophile van, especially since he hits on and sexually harasses underage models. One of my friends was an assistant for him on the Terry's World book, and he tried to speak against him in court because he was doing illegal things, and because Terry had way more money, he not only won, but he blacklisted my friend from the photography community in California.
Like I said, his work is great but he is not so great as a human being.

May 12 12 01:04 pm Link

Photographer

Rude Bwoy

Posts: 74

Manchester, England, United Kingdom

Mark Laubenheimer wrote:
i find them incorrectly exposed, poorly composed, and have awful energy about them, and they don't do exactly what they're supposed to do, and they work poorly  in their context.

to each their own. wink

honestly though, i just don't dig the vibe he seems to project.

Photography is subjective & if he's breaking a few old fashioned rules, that gets him a thumbs up from me, great talent that's unappreciated amongst his peers.

May 12 12 01:06 pm Link

Photographer

Solas

Posts: 9537

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

like

May 12 12 01:31 pm Link

Photographer

Solas

Posts: 9537

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Andrew Thomas Evans wrote:
I can't understand why more MM shooters wouldn't love him as well. He takes "crappy" pictures, sleeps with models, and makes shit tons of money... He is living a gwc's/mm'rs dream!



Andrew Thomas Evans
www.andrewthomasevans.com

win

May 12 12 01:32 pm Link