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Kempt Man of the Hour: Terry Richardson

  • Jared Paul Stern


*Photographed by our fearless lensman, Patrick McMullan.*

In our first five months of MOTHs we've witnessed some significant sartorial transformations—see Hanks, Tom—but none so dramatic as today's honoree, Terry Richardson, the photographer who's pioneered a sort of *nouveau*-perv aesthetic. Richardson, son of famed fashion photographer Bob Richardson, lensed fellow MOTH Tom Ford's controversial new ad campaign. Richardson has long favored a uniform of grungey plaid flannel shirts, thermal underwear and well-worn tees.

But the Natural History Museum's Ball saw another side of Mr. Richardson»

The Godfather

  • Jared Paul Stern


References to sex, drugs and rock'n'roll are the mainstay of fashion photography nowadays, but somebody had to think of it first. That man was Bob Richardson, whose “raw” images shocked magazine editors in the early '60s, when models still wore white gloves and smiled like contented hausfraus in every picture. While Richardson's acolytes like Bruce Weber, Peter Lindbergh and Steven Meisel went on to fame and fortune by imitating his style, the man himself flamed out, ending up homeless, drug addicted and insane, most of his work lost or destroyed…