Words by Megan Ambers
Fashion photographer and Supreme collaborator Terry Richardson has been banned from working with Vogue and GQ according to an email of the news leaked online. No reasons for the ban has been released, but Richardson have been accused of alleged sexual exploitation, which he has denied.
The email was sent by the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Conde Nast, James Woolhouse. In the leaked email, Woolhouse explained that “Conde Nast would like to no longer work with photographer Terry Richardson.” The email also detailed instructions of any shoots that have been commission[ed] or completed, but not published to “be killed and substituted with other material.” Conde Nast International issued a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, stating: “Conde Nast has nothing planned with him going forward. Sexual harassment of any kind is unacceptable and should not be tolerated.”
In a statement released on Tuesday by a representative for Richardson stated that the photographer is known for his “sexually explicit work,” and the “subjects of his work participated consensually.” The statement also concluded that Richardson is “disappointed to hear about this email especially because he has previously addressed these old stories.”
In the midst of Conde Nast International’s decision to cut ties with Richardson, fashion house Valentino is following suit. Richardson was recently hired by Valentino to photograph their 2018 campaign ads, which was unveiled last week on their Instagram. Richardson was credited on the posts, but his name was soon removed following the backlash from the leaked email. A Valentino spokesperson released a statement exclusively to The Hollywood Reporter: “Valentino’s last campaign with photographer Terry Richardson was shot in July 2017. There are no plans on a future campaign and of course [we] take these allegations against Terry Richardson seriously.”