Terry Richardson has opened up about his controversial photography career in a new interview with New York magazine. Creating his own case for his defense, Terry says that he was never left alone with models and he does admit that there was a time when he was "exploring sexuality" with those he worked with:
"It was never just me and a girl ever. It was always assistants, or other people around, or girls brought friends over to hang out. It was very daytime, no drugs, no alcohol. It was a happening, there was energy, it was fun, it was exciting, making these strong images, and that’s what it was. People collaborating and exploring sexuality and taking pictures."
He says he never forced anyone to do anything they didn't want to do:
"When I was taking those pictures, I was very, like, 'Cool, sounds great, let's do it, great, okay, sure, great, cool, if not, no problem, never do anything you don't want to do, of course, I totally respect that.'"
Terry thinks those who have spoken out against him in the past were in agreement about what went on at the time, and probably just had later regrets:
"I don't have any regrets about the work at all, but obviously I don't ever want someone to feel like that. It was never my intention. But also, people do things, and then they have regrets, and that's also nothing to do with me. Then don't do pictures like that again … I'm okay with myself about everything, and that to me is the most important thing."