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26-03-2010
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I think the guy is quite creepy. I don't mind some of his work, but some of it is not exactly about the fashion, it seems to me.

Take a photographer like Helmut Newton, by contrast: sure, some of his imagery was decidedly sexual, in the dominatrix sense especially, but the women he photographed always came across as decidedly powerful, and the clothes (and the shoes!) contributed to their power. He also favoured models who were slightly out of the ordinary and made them into stand outs even more so. He took their unique looks and amped them up further. I always felt that he totally respected women.

I just don't get the same impression from Richardson. Too bad. But if this scandal reveals truth or even if it brings forth more careful measures for sending underaged models out, then there will be some good to come of it. Maybe Richardson can learn from it - maybe???

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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.

I can't appreciate anything of his "good" (H&M) works because of his "bad" works (Purple Magazine). Prison for him if its true!!

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Some people mentioned Helmut Newton when defending Terry. Can I ask why? Did he harass the models, too? Did he have a bad reputation in the fashion industry? Or do they mention him because he also took nude pictures of women?

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Some people mentioned Helmut Newton when defending Terry. Can I ask why? Did he harass the models, too? Did he have a bad reputation in the fashion industry? Or do they mention him because he also took nude pictures of women?
Let me quote Janice Dickinson from "No lifeguard on duty" - these were the first words Helmut Newton uttered to her, without having been introduced and not on set: "Take off your clothes." She refused (she had no idea who he was and they were in a public place), and he told her she would never work again. Page 77, look it up sometime, it's a good story.


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^But why would that be defense for Terry?

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^ Exactly, if Terry would do that to any model, I'm sure many girls would not be disgusted at all and happy to work with him.

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^But why would that be defense for Terry?
It's not a defense. The question was why Helmut Newton was frequently brought up for comparison and if *he* was known to disrespect models. It's hardly on the same level, however.


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Yes, I've heard of Helmut Newton generally being temperamental - that if someone didn't respond to his direction at the precise moment he gave his order, then he wasn't interested in working with them, and often didn't acknowledge their existence after that. But I've never heard of him being a sexual marauder or crossing any line like that. Perhaps Newton's 'disrespect' went in the opposite direction - instead of being physically familiar to the point of sexual harassment, he went for deliberate remoteness to the point of freezing someone out.

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Well to be honest, a lot of photographers are just men, you know.... and i don't find it that awful if the so called "pervet conversations" stick at "hey darling, take your clothes off!"...
But what Terry did, at least what we know of him, is on another level of sickness imo...

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Yes, I've heard of Helmut Newton generally being temperamental - that if someone didn't respond to his direction at the precise moment he gave his order, then he wasn't interested in working with them, and often didn't acknowledge their existence after that. But I've never heard of him being a sexual marauder or crossing any line like that. Perhaps Newton's 'disrespect' went in the opposite direction - instead of being physically familiar to the point of sexual harassment, he went for deliberate remoteness to the point of freezing someone out.
Yeah....I suppose Bill King was famous for his voyeuristic party scene shoots. That's the closest I can think of, as far as behavioral pattern.

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Pffft! Degrading to women? Did you see the Tom Ford campaign with a whole bunch of naked -male- models?

If you mean objectification .. look that up... and his work for Sisley as well objectifies men ... check out the Tony Ward campaigns and the "Jamaica" one ... hes into sex and sex images ... he does portray it both with boys and girls ...

Now, if I was a girl and saw him coming onto me .. id be kinda creeped tho :p

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I had a prof who said he'd be thrilled if someone thought of him as a "sex object", however he was so full of himself that obviously he could never believe anyone could think of him as an object.

One more article, the (weak) point of which is that cool, ironic hipsters like TR shouldn't admit that their feelings get "really hurt".

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Whatever the outcome, it’s probably not a career high for Richardson. But hurt (and its nuclear option, Really Hurt), in the context of a photographer who is fêted by every top fashion magazine (and therefore occupies a position in the planetary constellation of most young models’ geogospheres that is almost certainly one up from God’s), may be the part of this that is truly inappropriate.

Like Ricky Gervais’s psychotic laugh, which suggests that maybe he’s not quite as in on his own joke as we hoped, Richardson's feel-my-pain cry could topple him.
His huge success is largely predicated on his self-anointed role as brazen agent provocateur and smasher-down of taste taboos. And you thought that was Katie Price’s overarching contribution to modern culture ... But the reason Price was eventually adopted — ironically, obviously — by the underground glossy mags was because Richardson made her aesthetic cool. Ironically, obviously.
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once you get the joke about seeing a supermodel decked up like a crack-whore in £20,000 worth of couture garter and thong, there’s not that much more to parse here.
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The part about models being abused/degraded doesn't even get a mention.

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I always found him so damn creeeepy.

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Now the amazing Tavi has torn a strip off the lowlife pervert:

http://www.thestylerookie.com/2010/0...-just-say.html

A must-read!

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Very well said by Tavi, I'm a bit surprised she wrote on this subject.

I wonder if (and hope) that the June issue of American Vogue will be Terry's last collaboration with the magazine (as he shot an editorial in the issue.) I can't imagine how Anna Wintour enlisted a photographer who is mostly known for explicit photos of women engaging in sex acts. Could we get an article on Sasha Grey too?

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