Emily Ratajkowski’s Nude Photos To Appear In NYC Art Gallery
The entire book of explicit photos of Emily Ratajkowski, which were published without her permission, will now appear in an art gallery opening on Thursday.
The scandalous photos, taken by photographer Jonathan Leder, were published by Imperial Pictures Ltd. in a book titled “Polaroids.” After discovering the photos were published in this way, Ratajkowski became furious and voiced her displeasure on Twitter. (SLIDESHOW: 18 Of Emily Ratajkowski’s Sexiest Moments)
Leder wasn’t phased by the model’s complaints, and the dozens of photos he took of her will go on display at the Castor Gallery in New York City on Thursday, Page Six reports.
“I’m not really affected by the social media outcry and I don’t really go on social media that much, but sales have been good,” the photographer said. (PHOTOS: Of Course Emily Ratajkowski Posed Nude For Her ‘Christmas Card’)
The photos, many of which show the now 25-year-old model naked, were originally taken in 2012. Some of the photos were published by an art magazine at the time, which Ratajkowski said was the sole purpose of the shoot. When Leder chose to publish the rest of them in “Poloroids,” the model called it a “violation” against her own permission.
“It’s interesting because when she left the shoot, she was totally happy with the pictures,” Leder told Page Six. “For her five years later to try to disown it — yes, of course, it’s hypocritical–it shows you the power of social pressure of probably Hollywood.”
“I think five years ago, the show wouldn’t have made any sense,” Leder continued. “Even three years ago or two years ago, I don’t think the show would have made any sense. A lot of the women that I’ve photographed have now achieved a certain larger following and more importance culturally. Not just Emily Ratajkowski, but some of the other girls have done really well.”
It seems that Leder is just continuing to ride the coattails of Ratajkowski who has risen to worldwide fame in the years following the 2012 shoot, and she’s not having it. Once the art show was announced, the “Gone Girl” actress issued a cease-and-desist letter to stop the publication and sale of the photos.
Leder’s “Polaroids” photo book sells for $80. Prints of the photos start at $2,500 and the originals start at $7,500, according to Page Six. Although Ratajkowski is clearly upset with Leder’s handling of the racy pictures, he’s hoping she’ll come to his art show.
“I would be delighted if she came. I think it would be nice,” the photographer said. “I think it would be nice if she embraced the pictures and said they were great and ‘I really appreciated them and we had a great time working together.'”