Amid sexual misconduct allegations, Richardson will no longer be working with the media giant’s international titles
An era, it seems, is beginning to come to an end. Condé Nast International has banned Terry Richardson from their publications after years of sexual misconduct allegations swirling around Terry Richardson while simultaneously we see his bare-flash images everywhere — photographing Obama, palling around with Miley Cyrus, and shooting for pretty much every major publication.
The Telegraph obtained an internal email to “country presidents” sent by Condé Nast COO James Woolhouse stating that the magazine publisher would no longer be working with Richardson. The email also allegedly ordered that all work currently in development from the photographer should be “killed or substituted with other material.”
Condé Nast International publishes international editions of top fashion magazines such as Vogue, GQ, Vanity Fair and Wired. Woolhouse’s email is below:
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.
According to the Telegraph, allegations over Richardson’s conduct have resurfaced and made headlines in recent days, though no new claims have been made. Sexual misconduct allegations have circulated around the photographer since 2010. A Jezebel article from that year titled “Meet Terry Richardson, The World’s Most F—ked Up Fashion Photographer,” talks about Jamie Peck, a model who posed for Richardson at 19, and was asked to give him a handjob. More allegations came out in 2014 when members of the Model Alliance said they wouldn’t work with him again.
And yet, Richardson has continued to work with big names — Valentino, CR Fashion Book, and celebrities like Kylie Jenner. The step taken by Condé Nast on Monday could signify, finally, a new direction.