Terry Richardson is probably one of the most polarizing names in the photographic community. Richardson is known for his basic lighting on a white wall images that leaves many photographers wondering what s the big deal, but he is also known for more serious reasons.
Richardson has a long history of being accused of taking advantage of young and experienced models. Some more models have come forward recently according to a report on Jezebel. Richardson maintains his innocence, saying that “I don’t like to exploit anybody. That’s not my bag. Everyone has fun on my shoots.”
Yet reports continue to fly in about Terry and his reputation for soliciting sexual favors from these models while on the job at shoots. Apparently this last week danish supermodel confronted Richardson on the streets of Paris, and just two days ago another model shared her story with Jezebel about her first experience with Richardson and his “habits”. In an effort to keep this a PG as possible I will leave the graphic descriptions to the Jezebel post, so if you want to get the full story definitely check that out.
The post on Jezebel really stuck a good point with me, and that was why would someone with a reputation like this still get work in the industry? People know he is a scumbag, but because he has friends in high places and has connections people turn a blind eye. But just for devils advocate’s sake, the other side to that argument is that if what he was allegedly doing was really so bad people wouldn’t really continue to work with him. Sure there are places, W magazine for one, who chose not to work with Richardson – but of all the big hitters the majority have no issue hiring models to feed the mans appetite for victims.
What are your thoughts on the matter? Is there any doubt in your mind that these stories are true? Do you think its blown out of proportions? Why do big name companies continue to higher a man known for such distasteful work habits? Let us know in a comment below.