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Dirty Nature

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You have probably seen his work without knowing who created it. Terry Richardson is creeping to the top of the photography field with his provocative and sexually-driven style of photography.

At the beginning of his career, Richardson simply came to the set with a disposable camera. People would ask him “where is all of your equipment?” and he would simply show them his camera. His photographs can easily be identified by his technique of over exposure and sexualized subject matter and there aren’t many publications that don’t contain his work.

Richardson is becoming very famous and his work can be found almost everywhere today, from Harper’s Bazaar to GQ.  His portraits of celebrities shock and surprise the viewer.  He puts his subjects in the most interesting, and often sexual, settings.

For an example, take his latest campaign, photos of Lady GaGa shot for Supreme Magazine. Lady GaGa is by no means a saint, but the photos by Richardson make her seem like a dirty creature from the street corner. Wearing only a white shirt, completely drenched from head to toe with her breasts totally visible through the shirt, these sexually charged photos really catch your eye!  Today’s society is all too familiar with sex in advertising, facilitated, no doubt, by Richardson. It has taken time for his work to be accepted because of his style, but he is quickly becoming a household name.

His unique style can be seen in all his works, most of his subjects being shirtless or nearly nude.  His photographs of famous designer Marc Jacobs are of him shirtless; actress Amy Adams in lingerie posing in heels; and even himself, completely nude! His fashion photography is known the world over.  Not all of his work is over sexualized, in his recent  shoot of Courtney Cox for Harper’s Bazaar, he just used his overexposure technique.  This is one aspect which sets him apart from other photographers.

Richardson does countless shoots for virtually every magazine out there and he is being embraced with open arms. He wines and dines with famous celebrities and seems to be chums with everyone he encounters.