Nobody Does LA Style Like Herb Ritts

Self-taught, celebrity photographer, Herb Ritts was known for bridging the gap between art and commerce. From an early age Ritts had an understanding of celebrity culture. He was born in Los Angeles and grew up living next door to Steve McQueen. The recent exhibition at The Getty in Los Angeles, features 87 photographs, many of celebrities, some never before published. Ritts, influenced by the Italian Masters as well as the pioneers of photography such as Halsman and Weston, revived old Hollywood glamour and brought it to the masses. Working with publications, such as Vogue, Rolling Stone and Interview, Ritts is best known for launching the careers of Madonna, Richard Gere, as well as Supermodels, Cindy Crawford, Linda Evangelista, Naomi Campbell and Christy Turlington. His photographs of male nudes pioneered the representation of the male figure within advertising and fashion. He captured a duality in his subjects; strong, yet vulnerable while sculpting the human form with light, shadow and texture. Ritts died in 2002, his legacy and work is survived by the Herb Ritts Foundation.

The exhibition at Getty runs through August 26th. For more information go to Getty.edu
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 Above: Versace Dress, Back View, El Mirage, Herb Ritts, 1990. 
Below: Stephanie, Cindy, Christy, Tatjana, Naomi, Hollywood, 1989.

Above: Versace Dress, Back View, El Mirage, Herb Ritts, 1990.
Below: Stephanie, Cindy, Christy, Tatjana, Naomi, Hollywood, 1989.

Joslin Van Arsdale