Famous portrait photographer Terry Richardson is back in the news... this time it is for un-retouched images of Mariah Carey leaking to Jezebel. He recently had a photoshoot with her for Wonderland magazine's summer issue, and unfortunately, the un-retouched images were leaked, according to Jezebel.com.
Many people have been showing a lot of surprise becuase of the "natural" style that Terry has given off, which now seems unrealistic. Though, I am on the fence over this entire issue.
I am definitely one to say "throw it in photoshop" no matter what to double check what flaws can be fixed. In this case, my only real annoyance is that for the shoot it is almost as if it started off with "we will be throwing this in Photoshop." Some of the before images show the pictures to even be out of focus. Though, that could just be a resize issue for when Jezebel.com got he leaked images and may have had to blow them up? The images that are being claimed as the before show very poor skin tones that almost all had to be painted over. Maybe this is what Terry has been doing all along though?
For most publications, it is almost known that the images get their fair treatment of photoshop makeup and touchups. I can definitely see why these images were retouched based off of the original photos. To be honest, I did not see the issues that were being pointed out on other sites with retouching the shape of the hair and body and making that out to be a negative thing to do. I, personally, would do the same exact thing before sending those images off to be in a magazine. Before we all get our pitchforks, let's remember these images are being published and this is something that is not new to the scene, retouching images prior to magazine submission.
If anything, I am just glad we are covering Terry Richardson for his mediocre Photoshop abilities and not for being attacked on accusations of sexual contact with models again.
[images and story via jezebel.com]