Controversial American photographer John ‘Jock’ Sturgis has pleaded guilty to allegations of sexual misconduct with a 14-year-old student when he taught photography at a private school in the 1970s.
Well, this is one of the more disgusting photography-related bits of news I’ve heard lately. A Melbourne, Australia based photographer has been called out online after a photo was shared online of his “Consent and Release Form” which includes a “sexual arousal” clause and an agreement for “comfortable” models to “participate in sexual activity”.
It is claimed that this is the contact he presents to models, which they must sign in order for a shoot to happen. Yes, I’m going to get opinionated in this one. Sorry, not sorry.
Australian music photographer Jack Stafford has recently been accused of sexual misconduct. Over the course of just four days, more than 100 women to come forward and gave statements about his behavior. Eventually, he issued a public apology and admitted: “I am an abuser.”
Sadly, we’ve heard of more than a few cases of photographers harassing their models. Thanks to the Me Too movement, more and more of these incidents have been uncovered. In her latest book More Myself: A Journey, famous singer Alicia Keys revealed what she went through in her teens. She says that she was a subject of a “sleazy” photographer’s manipulation when she was only 19 years old.
Carlsbad photographer Robert Koester has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for sexual misconduct. He was accused of sexually assaulting and raping teen models he was paid to photograph, and the evidence suggests that some of them were even drugged and unconscious during the abuse.
Photographer Marcus Hyde, who worked with celebrities like Ariana Grande and Kim Kardashian, was recently accused of sexual misconduct. It all started when Los Angeles-based model Sunnaya Nash shared screenshots of a conversation with him, where he offered a free photoshoot only if she sends him nude photos first. After Sunnaya went public, a few more women spoke out about the same (or worse) treatment they allegedly received from Hyde.
After banning Terry Richardson, Vogue publisher Condé Nast is cutting ties with another two famous fashion photographers: Mario Testino and Bruce Weber. The reason behind the decision is the same – the photographers have been accused of sexual abuse.
With the #MeToo movement becoming bigger, the number of sexual abuse accusations is rising. And according to recent claims against Weber and Testino, abuse hasn’t affected female models alone. These photographers have been accused of sexual misconduct by male models and assistants.
Terry Richardson, former fashion industry star photographer, is now the focus of a new investigation by NYPD’s Special Victims Squad, according to the New York Daily News. They say that multiple women confirmed on Tuesday that investigators have reached out to them over the past few weeks asking to talk about their interactions with Richardson.
This follows his dismissal by Condé Nast International, three months ago. The company publishes Vogue, amongst other leading magazines. The NYDN also say that it comes as a direct result of allegations they published on December 15th.