...And it's "Terry Richardson." I would never be allowed on the jury if justice ever catches up to that guy, because I've long ago made up my mind. Counsel for the defense would dismiss me right away. But if you'd like to read Benjamin Wallace's controversial New York magazine cover article (which in my view is overly Richardson-friendly), here it is. (Reading the comments is actually fairly rewarding, too. I don't know why I'm so surprised by that.)
But to answer the article's title question:
Literal question: Predator; Implied question: Wrong framing. It doesn't have to be "either-or"; subtextual question: That it might be art rather than pornography as well as over-the-top workplace sexual harassment—or worse (much worse)—does not in any way, shape, or form excuse it.
I'm appalled I have to share a label with certain individuals.
(Thanks to Bruce Appelbaum)
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John Boeckeler: "The big guns in the fashion world aren't surprised by this, and we shouldn't be either. All you have to do is Google 'Terry Richardson photographer' images to find out what he's like. In fact, I'd say his conduct is not inconsistent with contemporary standards in popular entertainment, fashion, politics, and our culture's declining norms. That magazine piece will probably end up helping his business."
Gordon Lewis: "I wouldn't say that Terry Richardson gives photography in general a bad name so much as his conduct reflects very poorly on himself and the fashion industry—not that I hold either one in high regard. They are clearly co-conspirators in this tawdry mess. What hits even closer to home was when Bob Shell, the former editor of Shutterbug magazine, was convicted in 2007 of involuntary manslaughter for the death of one his models. I personally found his prior photos of young women to be slightly pervy, so I was surprised but not shocked to hear of his arrest. Men and women alike have to be very careful before putting themselves into situations where vulnerability can lead to exploitation or worse."
Bahi: "Not long after the New York magazine article, there was a very good and widely tweeted follow-up written by Alex Abad-Santos for Vox. It offers a better balance; the New York piece was a little infuriating."