Before “Blurred Lines” made Emily Ratajkowski famous, the busty brunette was doing art nudes for a variety of photographers and publications.
You may remember when Jonathan Leder – purveyor of vintage inspired erotica – released a book of polaroids he took of Emily, I posted about it back in April 2015?!
Anyhow, turns out Em Rat had only signed a one-time release form allowing Jonathan Leder to publish these photos in Darius Magazine. He didn’t have the right to publish the aforementioned book of polaroids, but that’s old news.
The reason this is all up in the press again is that Jonathan Leder is doing a show at the Castor Gallery and he’s showing those same Emily Ratajkowski polaroids again without the proper release forms. Dude is trying to capitalize on Em Rat’s fame and she’s not having any of it.
And here is a press release about the show:
Castor Gallery Downtown is pleased to announce an exhibition of early work by renowned photographer Jonathan Leder, featuring 120 intimate portraits shot on Polaroid film. The exhibition will run from February 9 through February 26, 2017. An opening reception will be held on Thursday Feb 9th at 254 Broome St NY, NY from 6-9 PM. The artist will be in attendance.
The photographs on view in this exhibition were taken by Leder over a five year period, and are rarely exhibited to the Public. These images, which pre-date the fame of their celebrity subjects, such as models Emily Ratajkowski and Allie Leggett, capture Leder’s process as photographer and evoke a sense of nostalgia.
This show opens with an accompanying book, Leder / Ratajkowski Collector’s Edition from Imperial Publishing.
Featuring the infamous 2012 polaroid portraits taken of Emily Ratajkowski, the model made famous in Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” video. This exclusive signed artist edition and print will be available for purchase in the gallery.
I don’t know why Emily Ratajkowski refused to sign a Talent/Model release that would allow Jonathan Leder to show these pics. Maybe she’s doesn’t like the dude. Maybe she’s doesn’t like the pics. Maybe she wants to get paid. Whatever. It’s her goddamn right. If it is about getting paid, though. All I’ve got to say is: “Bitch better have
my her money.”
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P.S. I’m aware of the irony/hypocrisy involved in showing these pictures.