Monday, 27 February 2012


What could be better than Hollyweird as the subject for a photography exhibition by a lensman not just known as a slightly creepy people watcher in plaid shirts who likes to get lucky with his old point-and-click Kodak, but also for subverting the high-gloss of fashion and celebrity in his work?
Yes I'm talking about Terry Richardson - who has just opened an exhibition at LA's OHWOW gallery, featuring 25 intimate and revealing Hollywood-centric images entitled 'TERRYWOOD' (do you see what he did there?).

Featuring photos such as "Nude" and "Hooray for Hollywood", and lips - lots of lips - the underlying theme of the exhibition is "the celebrity, broken dreams, kitsch, and sorted history synonymous with LA". The show marks Richardson's first ever solo display in LaLa land, with Al Moran of OHWOW saying, "I think Terry is one of the most brilliant photographers of his generation — his impact and influence on the field of photography is undeniable. With TERRYWOOD, he has produced an intimate and revealing look at Hollywood as only Terry can."

Basically what he's saying is that Tezza has captured the locals, the landscapes, the buildings, the details…everything about the glitzy home of showbiz where dreams are made (if you can afford to hang out at Chateau Marmont that is). He's also captured the seedy, über-kitsch hotbed of neon strip-club signs and faded glamour which echoes around LA, as the ghosts of old-timey stars wander among the modern wannabe hipsters. Richardson has taken all the resplendent trashiness of Tinsletown and transformed it into a fantastic weirdness that we'll all probably want to hang on our walls.

Images © Terry Richardson 

At the celeb-filled opening last Friday it was a whos-who of Hollyweird, which included designers Jeremy Scott and Tom Ford, Paris Hilton, James Franco, Jared Leto and Lindsay Lohan - the actress having worked the camera in not very much clothing recently for LOVE magazine shot by Richardson. The launch also fell on the weekend of the Academy awards too, so naturally there was Tezza's own take on the Oscar statuette, clad in his signature frames.

Image © Patrick McMullan

If you're off to the city of chintzy signs soon, then catch TERRYWOOD which runs from Feb 24 to March 31 at OHWOW, 937 North La Cienega Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90069.


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