Kate Taylor’s story in the New York Times reveals that Larry Rivers filmed his daughters and caused them some lasting level of unhappiness. Now one of the daughters wants the films destroyed. Understandably, The Rivers Foundation is in an awkward position with no easy answer beyond keeping the films sealed throughout the lifetimes of both women:
one part of the archive, which was purchased from the Larry Rivers Foundation for an undisclosed price, includes films and videos of his two adolescent daughters, naked or topless, being interviewed by their father about their developing breasts.
One daughter, who said she was pressured to participate, beginning when she was 11, is demanding that the material be removed from the archive and returned to her and her sister.
“I kind of think that a lot of people would be very uptight, or at least a little bit concerned, wondering whether they have in their archives child pornography,” said the daughter, Emma Tamburlini, now 43.
Ms. Tamburlini said the filming contributed to her becoming anorexic at 16. “It wrecked a lot of my life actually,” she said.
Artist’s Daughter Wants Videos Back (New York Times)