The Sunday Magazine

Bill Cosby and the power of the image

Bill Cosby and the power of the image: Accusations and rumours that Bill Cosby is a serial abuser of women have swirled around the famous comedian for decades. But it wasn't until this week, when the photograph on the cover of New York Magazine went viral, that the full enormity of the case against him was laid bare. The image shows small black and white photographs of 35 women who have come forward with their stories of abuse. Francine Pelletier talks to the woman who took the photograph and composed it - photographer Amanda Demme, and to Barbara Bowman, one of Cosby's accusers.
Beverly Johnson rose to fame as the first African-American model to appear on the cover of American Vogue in August 1974. In December, 2014, she told Vanity Fair magazine that Bill Cosby had drugged her in 1986. (Amanda Demme)

Accusations and rumours that the famous comedian is a serial abuser of women have swirled around Cosby for decades. But it wasn't until this week, when the photograph on the cover of New York Magazine went viral, that the full enormity of the case against him was laid bare.

The image shows small black and white photographs of 35 women who have come forward with their stories of abuse. All of the women are dressed in black; they sit in a small wooden chair, facing the camera, their hands on their knees.

Francine Pelletier talks to the woman who took the photograph and composed it - photographer Amanda Demme, and to Barbara Bowman, one of Cosby's accusers.
Thirty-five women who have accused Bill Cosby of sexually assaulting them appear on the cover of New York Magazine for the July 27 issue. The empty chair represents those who have not yet come forward. (Amanda Demme/New York Magazine)

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