Richardson was born in, the son of , a fashion photographer who struggled with schizophrenia and drug abuse.
Richardson has shot campaigns for Marc Jacobs, Aldo, Supreme, Tom Ford, andamong others. He has also done various magazine editorials for publications such as Rolling Stone, GQ, Vogue, Vanity Fair, i-D, and Vice. Richardson has produced several campaigns for Diesel, including the ‘Global Warming Ready’ which won a Silver Lion for Print at in 2007. Throughout the years he has also produced several private portraits for the company’s founder, . In September 2011, they hosted a mutual book launch together with fashion editor , at Colette in Paris.
In 2012 Richardson embarked on his first solo exhibition atGallery. The exhibition is titled “TERRYWOOD” and ran from February 24 to March 31, 2012
There are several repeating themes in Richardson’s work, notably that of putting high-profile celebrities in mundane situations and photographing them using traditionally pedestrian methods, such as the use of an instant camera. His work also explores ideas of sexuality, with many of the pieces featured in his books Kibosh anddepicting full-frontal nudity and both simulated and unsimulated sexual acts. Initially, many of Richardson’s subjects would be shot before a white background but in recent years he has expanded to other backdrops. He is also well known for posing with his subjects, often trading his trademark glasses with them so they may “pretend to be him” and vice versa.
David LaChapelle is known internationally for his exceptional talent in combining a unique hyper-realistic aesthetic with profound social messages.
LaChapelle’s photography career began in the 1980’s when he began showing his artwork in New York City galleries. His work caught the eye of Andy Warhol, who offered him his first job as a photographer at Interview Magazine. His photographs of celebrities in Interview garnered positive attention, and before long he was shooting for a variety of top editorial publications and creating some of the most memorable advertising campaigns of his generation.
LaChapelle’s striking images have graced the covers and pages of Italian Vogue, French Vogue, Vanity Fair, GQ, Rolling Stone and i-D, and he has photographed personalities as diverse as Tupac Shakur, Madonna, Amanda Lepore, Eminem, Philip Johnson, Lance Armstrong, Pamela Anderson, Lil’ Kim, Uma Thurman, Elizabeth Taylor, David Beckham, Paris Hilton, Jeff Koons, Leonardo DiCaprio, Hillary Clinton, Muhammad Ali, and Britney Spears, to name a few.
Tim Walker’s photographs have entranced the readers of Vogue, month by month, for over a decade. Extravagant staging and romantic motifs characterise his unmistakable style. After concentrating on photographic stills for 15 years Tim Walker is now also making moving film.
On graduation in 1994 Walker worked as a freelance photography assistant in London before moving to New York City as a full time assistant to Richard Avedon. On returning to England he initially concentrated on portrait and documentary work for UK newspapers. At the age of 25 he shot his first fashion story for Vogue, and has photographed for the British, Italian, and American editions ever since.
The Victoria and Albert Museum and the National Portrait Gallery in London include the photographs of Tim Walker in their permanent collections. He staged his first major exhibition at the Design Museum in London in the spring of 2008, coinciding with the publication of his book ‘Pictures’.
In November 2008 Walker received the ‘Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator’ from The British Fashion Council and, in May 2009, he received an infinity award from The International Center of Photography in New York for his work as a fashion photographer. In 2010 Tim was a winner of an ASME Award for his W Magazine ‘East Enders’ portfolio.
In 2010 Tim’s first short film, ‘The Lost Explorer’ was premiered at Locarno Film Festival in Switzerland and went on to win best short film at Chicago United Film Festival, 2011.
4. PATRICK DEMARCHELIER
Born near Paris in 1943 to a modest family, he spent his childhood in Le Havre with his mother and four brothers. For his seventeenth birthday, his stepfather bought him his first Eastman Kodak camera. Demarchelier learned how to develop film, retouch negatives and began shooting friends and weddings.
In 1975, he left Paris for New York to follow his girlfriend. He discovered fashion photography by working as a freelance photographer and learning and working with photographers such as Henri Cartier-Bresson, Terry King, and Jacque Guilbert. His work drew the attention of Elle, Marie Claire and 20 Ans Magazine
He later worked for Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar, first in September 1992 which resulted in a 12-year collaboration. Demarchelier has shot international advertising campaigns for Dior, Louis Vuitton, Celine, TAG Heuer, Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, Lacoste, Calvin Klein and Ralph Lauren.
Demarchelier is referenced in the 2006 film The Devil Wears Prada, when the “dragon lady”, Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep), asks Andy (Anne Hathaway), on her very first day on the job, “Did Demarchelier confirm?”, leaving her utterly confused. He also appears in the documentary The September Issue which is about Anna Wintour and American Vogue. He is called to do last-minute photographs for Grace Coddington after Mario Testino’s shots of Sienna Miller in Rome were not sufficient.
Demarchelier appeared in a cameo in the film version of Sex and the City; he can be seen taking pictures during Carrie Bradshaw’s fashion shoot for Vogue magazine. He was featured prominently in the sixth episode of Cycle 15 of America’s Next Top Model.
In 2007, Christine Albanel, French Minister of Culture, honored Patrick Demarchelier as an Officer in l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Order of Arts and Literature).terrysdiary.com, lachapellestudio.com, timwalkerphotography.com, demarchelier.net, and google. The picture above is only for the purposes of this blog alone. I am not responsible for the use outside of it.