Top Magazines Have Banned Photographer Terry Richardson

Leading Magazines Ban Fashion Photographer

Leading magazines such as Vanity Fair, Glamour, GQ, and Vogue have banned the fashion photographer Terry Richardson from shooting.

It was on Monday that Condé Nast, which owns some of the most famous magazine titles in the world, circulated an incriminating email that was leaked to British newspaper The Daily Telegraph which included the reasons for the ban.


The world’s top fashion magazines have featured cover photos by Richardson that have been notably provocative and racy in the fashion and portrait world of photography. It was during fashion shoots that subjects were alleged to have been sexually assaulted with Richardson taking advantage of his position in the industry to commit these acts; this according to the public accusation of a number of models over the years. Such allegations have been denied repeatedly by Richardson over the years, with some models coming to his defence by saying that “sexual misconduct by fashion photographers is par for the industry.”

In His Defence

Richardson has said that consent from the models has accompanied everything he has done with them, according to a public response he issued to The Huffington Post in back in 2014. Richardson had this to say: “I collaborated with consenting adult women who were fully aware of the nature of the work, and as is typical with any project, everyone signed releases. I have never used an offer of work or a threat of rebuke to coerce someone into something that they did not want to do.”


By Dave Tada from Los Angeles (terryrichardson01) [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Ban Effective Immediately

Condé Nast has now decided to take a stand concerning the claims due in part to the other high profile sexual harassment cases that are surfacing in the media. Condé Nast COO James Woolhouse sent the written report to all Condé Nast publications with the memo that banned Richardson from further work. Woolhouse writes: ““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 commissioned 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.”

The British newspaper, The Times, wrote an article questioning why Richardson was still feted by fashionistas and calling him out as the “Harvey Weinstein of fashion,” as Condé Nast issued the ban. Richardson has yet to respond to the claims with a statement.

Words by Elijah (Content Marketer).

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