Terry Richardson by Cass Bird
NY Magazine: Is Terry Richardson an Artist or a Predator?
Terry Richardson, displaced from his old photography studio on the Bowery by a high-end fitness chain, was at his new space, an unadorned floor-through loft down the street. Wood floor, tin ceiling, brick walls interrupted by white swaths of Sheetrock. Four employees sat working quietly on Macs. Pandora was tuned to Elvis Presley Radio. “It’s insane, the internet,” Richardson was saying. “Totally craziness. Like a little cancer. People can just do whatever they want, say whatever they want, be totally anonymous. It’s totally out of control.”
There’s a very good piece on the Terry Richardson is-he-a-sexual-predator-or-not scandal in this week’s New York magazine. I think it’s worth reading not simply because it lays out a very hot-button issue fairly dispassionately, but because it also highlights one of the problems with modeling that is related to the recent skinny-models controversy, yet may actually be more essential than both: namely, the young-models problem.
Because modeling is a profession with such a short life span (Kate Moss and Christy Turlington aside), which generally begins in the midteens and ends in the early 20s, it hits girls at their most emotionally vulnerable, when their self-esteem is the most uncertain and their judgment, certainly about themselves, the least informed. Thus far, the industry has focused on the effect that can have on their weight issues, but as the New York article demonstrates, it also has repercussions vis-à-vis their relationships with photographers.