Today, 10 July, we are launching the next segment of Subjective, a series of interviews conducted by Nick Knight that explore the history of contemporary fashion photography as told from the subjects’ perspectives. This week’s interview is with Lily Cole, who discusses her experience being shot in the nude by Terry Richardson for The Pirelli Calendar.
The picture is of a nude Cole submerged underwater, shot from the naval up, with her arms crossed beneath her exposed breasts. As Knight points out, the image is ‘surprisingly romantic’ given Richardson's usual style. Cole paints a different image of Richardson than that which has been publicised recently - he has come under attack for misogyny and manipulation - saying ‘I like Terry a lot; I think he’s a sweetheart, a funny guy… he’s quite shy.' Due to a miscommunication between agent and publication, Richardson had planned to shoot Cole fully nude, something she was uncomfortable with, so the resulting image is a stripped back version of the original plan; ‘the picture felt quite safe,’ she says.