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What Would Terry Richardson Describe As ‘A Happy Accident’?

Terry Richardson.
Terry Richardson.

Terry Richardson gave his first lengthy interview in over two years to the Times. (He stopped talking to the press around the time a number of models made “hurtful” allegations of inappropriate behavior on his part.) He gamely discussed some of the images that helped cement his status as a photographer of “glossed-up 1970s porn chic,” describing a campaign he shot in the mid-nineties for British designer Katherine Hamnett: “[W]hen I got the contact sheets back there was this one image, two frames … There was a shot of a girl, with her legs open, she had white panties.” To his delight, the model’s pubic hair was also showing. “[W]hen I was shooting her, I didn’t see that … It’s like a happy accident.”

What Is Richardson’s ‘Happy Accident’?