Terry Richardson (born August 14, 1965) is an American fashion photographer.
Richardson was born in New York City, the son of Bob Richardson, a fashion photographer who struggled with schizophrenia and drug abuse. Richardson was raised in Hollywood, a neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, where he attended Hollywood High School; and Ojai, California, where he attended Nordhoff High School. He played bass guitar in a punk-rock band, The Invisible Government, for five years. Richardson began photography when the band broke up and his mother introduced him to Tony Kent, a photographer who hired him as an assistant
Richardson's photographs are often to some extent autobiographical and are noted for their controversial, graphic sexual subject matter. Richardson has shot advertisements for fashion designers and editorial photographs, publishing photo books including Hysteric Glamour (1998); Son of Bob (1999); Feared by Men Desired by Women (2000); Too Much (2001); Terryworld (2004); and Kibosh (2006). He has also directed music videos, including an alternate music video of the song "Find a New Way" by the band Young Love.
Richardson was married to model Nikki Uberti. He was subsequently in a relationship with model and actress Shalom Harlow.
Richardson is heavily tattooed with various old school and punk rock references; a spider web on his left elbow, skulls, hearts, banners, along with Black Flag and Misfits logos. He also has several portraits of women designed by the highly regarded black and grey tattooer, Jack Rudy.