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What a wienie. You'd think he's at least say, " I treat young models badly because I can. No one in the industry cares, at least, no one who matters."

That's even what his supporters say.

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I'm sure there are lots of models out there whom he's treated with respect while on the job, but I'm not sure if he's actually saying that they're lying or that his own perceptions are so warped that he doesn't realise that, in some situations, some of his models (and yes, I'm including the over-18 models he shoots for his private work in that category) don't feel comfortable doing what he wants them to. Not cool, either way- even if he hasn't done anything to a minor, stuff like this still counts as sexual harassment and maybe, if enough people keep making a stink about it online it won't get sidelined or excused.

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article in the guardian this week:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesi...hy-pornography

Abby and Eniko must be really annoyed to have their pictures with Richardson in high-profile articles.

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Today, however, he is less voluble. A call to his agents at Art Partner in New York for a comment on the Rasmussen's remarks was met with a curt "no comment" and a swift hanging up.
Previous article in 2004
http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2004/...hotography.art

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'Oh, I have lots of stuff I am working out through my work,' he freely admits, though one suspects he tends to view his neuroses the way the rest of us might view our hobbies. 'I mean, I don't think I'm a sex addict, if that's what you're asking, but I do have issues, tons of them. Like, this current show could be about my midlife crisis. Or it could be something to do with the fact that since I gave up drinking and taking drugs, I have to get high on sex and being an exhibitionist. Or maybe it's the psychological thing that I was a shy kid, and now I'm this powerful guy with his boner, dominating all these girls. In a way, that's the very stuff I'm trying to work out in the work.'
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By all reports, Terry Richardson was once a neurotically shy young man. And, before that, a sad and angry child. Until punk provided a vehicle for his self-destructive urges, he used to smash things up, furniture mainly, but sometimes himself. His anger first surfaced when he was four and his father Bob, a briefly successful fashion photographer, left his mother for the then 17-year-old actress Anjelica Houston. Terry's mother, in turn, took up with Jimi Hendrix and Keith Richards, and Terry once walked in on her making out with Kris Kristofferson. When he was nine, his mother was on her way to collect him from his child psychiatrist when a Pacific Bell telephone truck smashed into the back of her stationary Volkswagen. She was left with permanent brain damage, and in the charge of her already emotionally disturbed son.
'It was shell shock, basically,' he says, quietly. 'One minute, I was flying around in jets, I had a colour TV in my bedroom; the next my mother and me were on welfare, living on food stamps. She was in diapers and barely able to move or communicate. It was a real tough time. I retreated into getting high on weed, and when I wasn't high, I was this angry, sad kid. There is not one photograph of me looking happy as a child. I was kind of lost for a long while.'
Today, Terry has a tattoo of himself as a sad little kid on his upper torso, but, one suspects, the real scars run much deeper. He has made up with his wayward father, who, having been homeless for a long time, now lives on social security in California and, with Terry's help, plans to publish a book of his Seventies work. They briefly tried to work together, but it ended in tears.

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I didn't expect this to be as big of a story in the fashion world, I figured they would avoid it. Terry must be feeling the heat...

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I always hate Terry Richardson. He is a point-and-shoot pornographer disguised as fashion photogrpaher. Have a good look at his books, they are all explicit porns. This guy has lots of powerful connections, big ego but no talent. His works are all about sex, sex, sex...Every time he points a camera at a model, he thinks of nothing other than sex. I have no clue why on Earth people dismiss Rie's story as rumor. You would have to be really blind not to see this guy is a pervert and a complete jerk. His works are arts? Come on, give me a break.

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^and your point is?

Are you saying that they whipped out their private parts during the shoot also?

This is not about doing nudes, sexual pictures.
Ummm....my point is to show where he might fit into the history of fashion photography.

No, nobody else has been as outspoken as Terry Richardson, nobody has commented on the sexual relationship between photographer and model - that sometimes exists - the way he has. I believe that is part of why he is as famous as he is - in addition to the talent and being the son of one of the best fashion photographers of all time.

Does that make the behavior in the allegations ok? No. But I'm not sure what can or should be done about it...

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^Well when I commented on your post it sure didn't have all the text in it that it does now. You edited after I posted......So therefore it put my comment out of context.


And saying he is the son of one of the best fashion photographers of all time.......well IMO I don't think so.


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Does that make the behavior in the allegations ok? No. But I'm not sure what can or should be done about it...
That is something to think about - now that the issue has been raised, what happens next? If Terry has been conducting some of his photography sessions in an inappropriate way, then hopefully this publicity will cause him to change. But that's one man - and due to the content of his work, it's relatively easy for people to believe that he has been crossing the line.

But as other posters have pointed out, he's not the only photographer who is in a position to abuse their power, and most of those people are not drawing attention to themselves in such a lurid manner with their work.

So what will happen to Terry's career after this - and how will that affect others who, behind the scenes, might be pressing models into 'choices' that are nothing of the sort?

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Sadly, I think until a major name model comes foward, the industry will be able to sweep this under the rug. Terry seems smart enough to only cross the line with nobodies knowing that their stories will be dismissed just as some people are doing on this thread.

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funny how rasmussen hasn't said anything about her own experiences with richardson (has she?).

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^Well when I commented on your post it sure didn't have all the text in it that it does now. You edited after I posted......So therefore it put my comment out of context.
I certainly didn't read your post and then edit mine if that's what you think

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But as other posters have pointed out, he's not the only photographer who is in a position to abuse their power, and most of those people are not drawing attention to themselves in such a lurid manner with their work.
Precisely, what would happen if some model would blurt out allegations toward someone less porno oriented, who nonetheless favor models who perform favors? She would be blacklisted - of course.

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funny how rasmussen hasn't said anything about her own experiences with richardson (has she?).
Richardson never took photos of her.

However, if you're speaking of non work-related "experiences" with Richardson. Yes, Rie confronted him face to face about his work, but Richardson just ran off.

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Richardson never took photos of her.
He did. Gucci Spring 2002.

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Yeah, that campaign coupled with being chosen as first girl on the runway at Gucci kind of launched her career. I'm guessing something about that experience soured her, but perhaps it was stories she heard. As someone else pointed out, it's very possible Terry controls his urges on commercial/editorial shoots.

People seem to think the photographer Sara Ziff was talking about in her documentary interviews is Terry.

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People seem to think the photographer Sara Ziff was talking about in her documentary interviews is Terry.
I can't think of anybody else, to be honest.

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