Call me speechless looking at Miguel Reveriego’s images of Kate Upton for Vogue Spain’s July issue. Coming a couple days after Terry Richardson’s July GQ pictures, I called Kate hamburger by Richardson and filet mignon by Reveriego.
I find fault with neither because Kate is managing her career quite brilliantly.
My own preference is for Miguel Reveriego’s work and relationship with his lens and women. This comparison brings to mind an essay I wrote in 2009 about Richardson’s photography — which I find very mediocre. Based on these new Kate Upton editorials, I rest my case.
Terry Richardson couldn’t render a woman this smolderingly erotic, if he hadn’t had sex for a month. It’s not in his soul. You can only photograph a woman this way, when you genuinely worship female sensuality, whether you are a man or woman behind the lens.
Women like Jessica Biel scare the wits out of Richardson, which is why he can’t relate to them as a professional photographer. Richardson only knows how to reduce women, not unleash them. As a photographer, he lacks the empathy to help a woman discover something about herself, she didn’t know was inside her.
This unfettering via the photographic image is the great gift a sensitive artist gives to women. That gift is even more important in 2012, than it was in 2009. ~ Anne