Richard Kern Born in in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, the turning point of Richard Kern's life happened one afternoon in , when he was picked up by a carload of hot, young, scantily-clad New York City glam girls while hitchhiking after a day of skipping high school. He was captivated. The end result has been more than two decades of hard, sexually blunt work, in both video and photography. Kern's recent work has concentrated on the photography of women, and has appeared in Hustler and Barely Legal , as well as in a series of critically acclaimed photography books. Kern's work possesses a deep sense of darkness and controversy that is intimate and instantly recognizable. He learned his skills from the streets and it is punks, runaways and street girls who bring an edgy, sensual quality to his material.