To all of you guys who hated Terry Richardson for the past few years, now is your time to celebrate. In light of the massive Harvey Weinstein earthquake that’s changing the man-whoring landscapes of Hollywood and beyond, various magazines and brands who once worked with the infamously creepy photographer are attempting to quickly distance themselves from the man.
Condé Nast, one of the world’s top publishers of fashion-oriented magazines like Vogue, Vanity Fair, GQ and W, sent out an email to all editors to trash all unpublished Terry-related projects. Telegraph even obtained a copy of an email sent by Condé Nast COO James Woolhouse to staffers:
I am writing to you on an important matter. Condé Nast would like to no longer work with the photographer Terry Richardson.
Any shoots that have been commission[ed] or any shoots that have been completed but not yet published, should be killed and substituted with other material.
Please could you confirm that this policy will be actioned in your market effective immediately. Thank you for your support in this matter.
It’s pretty shocking that publishers are taking action now considering women have pointed the harassment finger at Terry for making them do horndoggy poses over the years. Terry always ran with the claim that all his subjects “participated consensually,” which sounds very similar to Harvey Weinstein’s claim (From Weinstein’s PR: “Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein.”). Here’s Terry’s PR:
“Terry is disappointed to hear about this email especially because he has previously addressed these old stories. He is an artist who has been known for his sexually explicit work so many of his professional interactions with subjects were sexual and explicit in nature, but all of the subjects of his work participated consensually.”
Let’s hope that Terry didn’t blow all the millions he earned from photographing A-list 18-thru-20-somethings over the past few years because it seems like it might be a while until he gets lucrative gigs again.
Here are more photos of Terry working his “I’ll make you even more famous” mojo on a long list of A-list chicks. More photos here.