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In 2017, brands and magazines that had worked with Richardson in the past began distancing themselves from him, and said they would no longer employ him. Richardson’s mother reportedly gave him his first snapshot camera in 1982, which he used to document his life and the punk rock scene in Ojai. Richardson then moved to London and worked for the magazines The Face, i-D and Arena. Richardson has produced several campaigns for Diesel, including the ‘Global Warming Ready’ which won a Silver Lion for Print at Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival in 2007. In 2012 Richardson embarked on his first solo exhibition at Los Angeles’s OHWOW Gallery, titled Terrywood. In May 2012, a video of model Kate Upton performing the Cat Daddy dance for Richardson in his studio went viral. Starting in 2001, Richardson has been accused repeatedly of using his influence in the fashion industry to sexually assault or exploit models during photo shoots, including coercing them to engage in sexual acts with him.
In a 2010 interview at French Institute Alliance Française, Marc Jacobs said that Richardson is “not ill-spirited”. In 2013, a petition was launched on Change. It documents many of the allegations against him up to that point and links to numerous examples of hardcore pornography arising from fashion shoots that he had tried to remove from the internet in the wake of controversy. As of June 2018, the petition has over 45,000 signatures. In early January 2018, it was reported that Richardson is under investigation by the NYPD’s Special Victims Squad in relation to multiple sexual assault allegations.
Richardson held his first gallery showing in 1998. The show, entitled These Colors Don’t Run and held at Alleged Gallery, coincided with the release of his first book entitled Hysteric Glamour. His work was later included in another show entitled Smile at Alleged Gallery. Terryworld, an exhibition of Richardson’s work of the name, was shown in 2004 at Deitch Gallery in New York City.