Famed photographer Terry Richardson, known for his raw and provocative style, has recently come under scrutiny after models Rie Rasmussen and Jamie Peck accused him of exploiting the models he works with and citing their own negative experiences to the press.
Both models accused Richardson of manipulating young girls into depicting (and simulating) sexual acts and taking advantage of their naiveté during photo shoots.
According to various editors and fashion insiders, Richardson’s behavior is well known within the fashion world but a blind eye is usually turned, particularly as he is considered as one of the few influential decision-makers in the industry.
Richardson—whose impressive portfolio includes advertisements for Gucci, Miu Miu, Tommy Hilfiger and numerous editorials in Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, GQ, and the recent 2010 edition of the Pirelli calendar—has refused to comment until recently through his blog www.terrysdiary.com:
“I just want to take a moment to say I’m really hurt by the recent and false allegations of insensitivity and misconduct. I feel fortunate to work with so many extraordinary people each and every day. I’ve always been considerate and respectful of the people I photograph and I view what I do as a real collaboration between myself and the people in front of the camera. To everyone who has embraced and supported me and my work, I am so grateful. Thank you, it means a lot.”