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FLASH TRACK: TERRY RICHARDSON PHOTOGRAPHS JOHN BARTLETT

FLIPPING THROUGH A RECENT pictorial by Terry Richardson in Details, this is what I saw: young men at odds with the poses their bodies struck. Not unhappy, not shy, just unsure. One model, pitched forward, tucks his hand into the waistband of his pants, mimicking a pose he saw in a magazine: it’s exciting to see someone looking like they’re about to fall out of the frame. From four pages of mod black and white that deflate Christopher Makos’ pumped-up youths, Richardson switches to color. Two guys, one with Andy Gibb hair, look like Dennis Cooper memories of Larry Clark teens. Prom night. A money-green tie marries well with the rosy lips of a virgin out to get lucky.

At 30, Richardson has shot ads for Levi’s and Katherine Hamnett and editorials for Vibe, iD, and The Face; shooting for Arena, he was the only photographer backstage at John Bartlett’s last show. Richardson’s post–new wave view

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