One of pop culture's lead celebrity photographers, and newly turned music video director, Terry Richardson, has found himself in hot water after claims intensified that he had initiated inappropriate sexual conduct with young models. However, the numerous reports have not stopped some of the industry's biggest names from working with him.
Mainstream culture is heavily influenced by art, music, videos, movies and pictures. Richardson's photography is known for being extremely lewd and sometimes deliberately organized to simulate sexual acts. His work has been published in Vogue, Vanity Fair, GQ, and Rolling Stone. He's been hired by Marc Jacobs, Tom Ford, Diesel, H&M, and Gucci among many other popular publications and companies. The most influential people in the entertainment industry want to pose for him, publish him, and use his services even though these allegations have reportedly surrounded Richardson for a few years now.
After being accused of asking models to be intimate with him in exchange for pictures in Vogue, the magazine cut ties with Richardson. "The last assignment Terry Richardson had for US Vogue appeared in the July 2010 issue and we have no plans to work with him in the future," the publication said in a statement to Us Weekly.
While some have parted ways with the 48-year-old, hosts of celebrities have continued to support him by giving him work. In 2013 Richardson directed several videos for Beyoncé's self-titled visual album. He also directed the music videos for "Wrecking Ball" by Miley Cyrus and "Do What U Want" by Lady Gaga and R. Kelly, videos which featured both girls completely naked. Richardson has done photoshoots for people such as President Barack Obama, Madonna, Woody Allen and more. To view an extensive catalog of his work, check out this article done by Jezebel.com
The celebrity photographer has since denied allegations of sexual misconduct during his shoots and has publicly commented on the claims.
In a letter published on the Huffington Post on Friday, Richardson portrayed his conduct during his shoots as consensual.
"I give everyone that I work with enough respect to view them as having ownership of their free will and making their decisions accordingly, and as such, it has been difficult to see myself as a target of revisionist history," Richardson said.
In his Huffington Post article, Richardson compared himself to Robert Mapplethorpe and Helmut Newton, claiming, "sexual imagery has always been a part of my photography."
View Richardson's shoot with President Barack Obama Here.
Richardson with Beyoncé:
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Richardson's Rolling Stone Cover of Rihanna:
Richardson with Miley Cyrus:
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Richardson with Lindsay Lohan:
Below is a video of Models discussing Terry Richardson’s behavior: