20 years of American fashion photographer Terry Richardson in Hong Kong

Fourth solo exhibition in 20 years at city gallery a mini-retrospective, with 24 images the often controversial lensman has shot since 1995, from fashion and celebrities to takes on American culture

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 13 January, 2016, 6:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 13 January, 2016, 6:00am

American fashion photographer Terry Richardson is looking back with a mini-retrospective show, Portraits, in Hong Kong.

The man who loves to shock with his risqué fashion photography us showing 24 images taken since 1995 in the exhibition at Central’s Gallerie Perrotin, called Portraits.

The show is Richardson’s fourth solo exhibition with the gallery (he also showed in 1996, 1999 and 2015). The images cover his fashion editorial work, celebrity studio shots – sexy and raw as ever – and personal takes on the American cultural landscape.

Richardson is a master of sprezzatura, a deliberately crafted carelessness in which traditional framing is replaced by dynamic spontaneity. Examples in the show include an image of a young Kate Moss kissing the televised face of Elvis Presley, and images of actor Dennis Hopper and rapper Lil Wayne blowing smoke into the camera. A leather-clad Liza Minnelli reprises her role in the 1972 film Cabaret, while the late Amy Winehouse plays chanteuse with a chicken.

Richardson’s photography has been featured in advertising campaigns for fashion designers Marc Jacobs, Tom Ford and Yves Saint Laurent and in periodicals including Vogue, i-D, Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, GQ and Vice.

Terry Richardson Portraits. January 14-February 20. Galerie Perrotin, 50 Connaught Road, Central. Tel: 3758 2180