Terry Richardson and Miley Cyrus, at it Again (NSFW)

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Terry Richardson and Miley Cyrus, at it Again (NSFW)

Terry Richardson and Miley Cyrus are completely, as you'd say in middle school terms, MFEO. Or made for each other if you can't remember that far back. They both have taken the spotlight and thrust it upon themselves by stepping out of the box and making people want to see whatever they're going to do next. Apparently in their world it just means a whole lot of nudity which may or may not entail Miley thrusting herself into an Arizona Grapeade.

If there is one thing you have to give credit to Terry for, it's the fact that he is consistent and can turn out a editorial like nobody's business. And since the photography community loves to talk about him and like it or not, everyone loves a good Miley Cyrus story, I figured I'd leave you with the gems that have come out of their most recent shoot.

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If you would like to view more, head over to the archives at Terry's Diary.

[Via: Terry's Diary]

 

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terrible!

I can't handle it. She just looks too much like a little kid. It creeps me out like a bucket of spiders down the back of my shirt.

Hehe, to each his own I guess. I like them young.

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Her past photo shoots with Terry have been okay, but this one is just a little too much. No, I'm sorry this was just distasteful in my opinion.

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The photos are just bad..

Poor lighting, poor composition, poor post-processing! Tasteless images! The worst amateur snapshot I have ever seen as a "Pro work"! Let me be clear, even a pro could make mistakes, but the pro recognizes it and never shows it!

I agree, I never understood how can this guy can be considered a photographer.

His commercial shoots are not always like this. Some are rather conventional. That means this is a choice, not a lack of talent. I am not defending him, by any means, I don't care for (borderline hate) most of his work.

Yes, im REAAAALLY sure he didnt realise he was in the mirror, and his flash was reflectingin glass and mirrors...

The whole point of Terry's shoots, and the reason people keep going back to him is because of the connection with his models, and how completely raw and stripped back the shoot is. Most shoots are "fake", so beauty dish's and softbox's etc all positioned with pinpoint accuracy with a load of post-production which doesnt show any real character of the subject.

Terry always brings out the subjects personal side and emotion in shoots, and this is done best with minimal equipment.

I can understand both sides of the argument, but at least look into things before going "Meh... He's crap, GTFO"...

The man has done it. Taken what we, in the photo world would consider, "complete crap" and made that into his calling card. He is always true to himself with his style (which makes me gag) but you can pick his photo out of a lineup and say, "yup, that's Terry." I think the raw and true nature he captures is what draws people to him. The modeling industry requires models to have polaroids with their portfolios which show models without any retouching- what they look like in real life. Although his work makes me want to bang my head into a wall- he may be on to something.

Personally I dont see it as "crap"... Half the skill in these is being able to get the subject comfortable enough to relax and mess around.

People say "i could do that"...
Yes technically anybody with a camera and a flash can do it, but the point is that they wouldnt be able to bring out the same emotions etc as Terry probably does.

This "Style" is proving very popular, or minor versions upon it. Replace the on camera flash with a 250w strobe shooting through a beauty a few inches directly above the camera and you have the same style, but lit slightly different (and about 70% of FRONT MAG glamour is shot in this way...)

And replace Terry and Miley with any 20-something and her BFF with a point & shoot and a couple drinks and you wouldn't be able to tell the difference.
I'm all for people who break the mold and do something different from the pack. But really, Terry isn't that creative. He's producing the same work that anyone with $200 and a right index finger have made since the dawn of inexpensive cameras. Don't confuse this with some sort of gear snob argument- I believe you can create amazing work with cheap cameras, but affordable cameras were the beginning of the masses making snapshots.
The only real "creativity" with Terry is that he's had the attitude and contacts to make a (very successful) career out of being the guy that makes crappy pictures. Except that he's been doing the same schtick for 20 years so it's not really breaking any ground or being edgy. It's as if Mark Romanek would've taken the look he used for Fiona Apple's "Criminal" and said "This is how I shoot. Nothing else." Except Romanek has shown his actual talent and skill and creativity over his career. There are people who don't believe Picasso had talent, the one's who say "My kid can paint that" but if you look back at his early work he truly has all the skill of any other master and made an artistic choice to create his work in what became cubism because that's what expressed his personal vision. Terry, on the other hand, has a career gifted to him by his father and has shot in the same "outsider art" style for pretty much everything he's done.
Terry's real genius has been getting everyone in the industry to buy into the "image". He's become a celebrity photographer and I don't mean just a photographer of celebrities but he, himself, has become a low grade celebrity (a feat that is becoming increasingly easier in our current society). That makes it harder for most of the fashion industry to stand up and say "You know what? This guy's work isn't actually anything special". He becomes the low hanging fruit. "We need something EDGY for this campaign, let's hire Terry."
But he's stuck to his guns so I guess you've got to give him some credit for that.

You really think there was connection? Miley did this same act on live television. If he were able to capture a more raw and real side of her that would be impressive. This is what Miley is selling right now.

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