Last month Terry Richardson released a new book, a bit different that his normal work. The book is based around his family origins and includes his mother and father, it is one of his most intimate books yet made.
“Mom Dad strips Terry Richardson to his bare minimum: the series of portraits, letters and interiors document the very origins of Terry Richardson, his Mom and Dad. Treating the subject as any of his other shoots, Terry delves deeply and indiscriminately with his camera revealing the all too personal nature of his life… his family life.
As with all things Terry Richardson, there is no lacking of controversy, intimacy, and brutal honesty. The images follow Terry’s father, Bob Richardson (himself an outspoken photographer of a generation), through his gradual decline into madness and paranoia until his death. In turn, Terry’s mother, a colourful Californian, uncoyly gives us the finger as easily as a smile, all the while unfazed by her vulnerability after an accident left her partially paralysed. The intimate nature of the series shares something more than everything that Terry has so far given us. Not only is it a portrait of his Mom and Dad, it is a naked portrait of Terry himself.
Terry’s images don’t desist to shock, and his camera has no boundaries nor judgement: just the simple truth of the snapshot, an intimate portrait of his family. It reveals the drive that Terry continues to show us through his work, marked in a personal note by Bob Richardson: ‘When you fall, you get back up’. That seems to be what Mom, Dad, and Terry have always done.” – http://www.colette.fr/#/page/5827/terry-richardson/
I really like this book and the images included but the one thing that I keep thinking is that whether or not this book one be as famous as it is if it wasnt for the fact that Terry Richardson is already a massivley famous photographer?!