Bob Richardson, father of Terry Richardson, was a fashion photographer in his own right in the 1960’s and 70’s until his eventual decline from schizophrenia led to him becoming homeless and destitute.
In the prologue to his posthumous book Bob Richardson was encapsulated as follows:
Fashion photographer Bob Richardson (1928-2005) first began to publish his powerful, transgressive and emotionally charged black-and-white images in the high-fashion press of the 1960s, highlighting the new freedoms and attendant disillusions of the era in a distinctive, maverick style that matched his own edgy way of life.
Always a cult photographer (and widely credited with influencing such peers as Peter Lindbergh, Steven Meisel and Bruce Weber), Richardson was also plagued by schizophrenia, and he lived hard-experimenting freely with sex and drugs throughout a life of extreme highs and lows. For example, he is perhaps most famous for the profoundly compelling portraits he made of his then-partner and muse Angelica Houston in the 1970s, while the 1980s found him homeless and living on the streets of Los Angeles.
I first was exposed to Guy Bourdain‘s photographs on mass at the excellent exhibition of his work at London’s V & A museum in 2003. This was how they set him up for that exhibition:
At the heart of Guy Bourdin’s fashion photographs is a confrontation with the very nature of commercial image making. While conventional fashion images make beauty and clothing their central elements, Bourdin’s photographs offer a radical alternative.
Guy Bourdin presented fashion as the luxurious embellishment rather than the subject of his photographs. He magnified to centre stage dark fantasies, of lust, consumption and desire.
If David Bailey was the 60’s then Rankin was definitely the 90’s.
Co-founder of Dazed and Confused magazine, Rankin redefined sexy, edgy photography. His celebrity photographs abound but my favourite are his fashion shots – a selection of which are below:
Fashion is littered with failure – those that tried and fell, never to reach the dizzy heights of an ad in Vogue or some other moment in the sun.
Go-sees are the first step on that uncertain path to fame and fortune – aspiring models are sent to photographers to see if they have the certain something.
Juergen Teller recorded a whole years worth of footfall at his London flat come studio here a few from the hundreds that believed enough to try:
One of fashion’s most sought–after (and highest-paid) photographers, Mario Testino moved to London from Peru in 1976 and made his name in British, American, French and Italian Vogue and Vanity Fair.
His photos ooze, glamour, colour, latin heat and carnal delights.
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“Regrets I’ve had a few” Frank Sinatra and Sid Vicious once sang (although not together) and I know how they felt.
One that haunts me in particular was not bidding on a set of David Bailey’s 1964 Box of Pin-Ups at Sotheby’s some years ago – oh to have my time all over again…I would have sold the clothes off my back and more besides to have them!
What makes this box of photos so special I hear you ask?
In the 36 portraits that compromise the Box of Pin-Ups Bailey well and truly captured the zeitgeist of the swinging sixties. Shot on blank white backgrounds the photos are both effortlessly cool and enigmatic.
Here are some of the best from the Box of Pin-Ups and one of two extra Baily photo’s thrown in for good measure….enjoy:
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