joedlh wrote in post #18540945
Sunday's NY Times
had an article about multiple allegations from male models against renowned fashion photographers Bruce Weber and Mario Testino. I admit that I am somewhat befuddled. I am not an experienced glamour/nude photographer. Although I have had two such sessions over the years. It never occurred to me that it was ever all right to touch the model let alone hit on her/him. In other circles, it has been considered the first commandment that you never, ever touch the model. Am I wrong?
Could someone more experienced address this issue? I really would like to know.
That's generally the first commandment of photographing a model, sure. But, humans ignore the commandments and the golden rule all the time.
There's also a power-dynamic in play between a photographer and a model, generally perceived as shifting much more power to the photographer and putting the model in a submissive position - doubly so when the photographer is clothed and the model is nude, and triply so when the photographer is "famous." And since you don't have to be a good person to be a skilled photographer, sometimes this power-dynamic gets abused.