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Awards: GLAAD Media Awards, Pioneer Award 2008
Herb Ritts died in 2002, but his stunning portraiture and fashion photos continue to keep audiences rapt. The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston is launching a new exhibit of his work—from images of
Through hard work and a distinctive vision, Herb Ritts (1952–2002) fashioned himself into one of the top photographers to emerge from the 1980s. fashion brought him international acclaim and placed him securely within an American tradition of portrait and magazine photography that includes Richard Avedon, Robert Mapplethorpe, and Irving Penn.
Herbet Ritts also known as Herb was a notorious American art and commercial director as well as a fashion and portrait photographer who mainly worked in black and white. He was born in 1952 in Los Angeles in a Jewish family.
The Herb Ritts Foundation was established through Herb Ritts’ directives with a mission to support HIV/AIDS causes and the advancement of the art of photography in a manner that reflects the spirit and values exemplified by Herb Ritts.
Herb Ritts began his photographic career in the late 70s and gained a reputation as a master of art and commercial photography. In addition to producing portraits and editorial fashion for Vogue, Vanity Fair, Interview, and Rolling Stone, Ritts also created successful advertising campaigns for Calvin Klein, Chanel, Donna Karan, Gap, Gianfranco
The Herb Ritts Foundation has given the Museum a print of every image in the 1996 exhibition, and in 2007, supported the MFA’s first gallery dedicated solely to photography. Special thanks to Max Espinosa for video editing.
Herb Ritts was born in Los Angeles in 1952 and majored in economics at New York’s Bard College. Shortly after college, in the mid-1970s, Ritts taught himself photography, snapping pictures of friends.
Herb Ritts began his photographic career in the late 1970s, and in addition to producing portraits and editorial fashion for Vogue, Vanity Fair, Interview and Rolling Stone, Ritts created extraordinarily successful advertising campaigns for designers such as Calvin Klein, Chanel, Gap, and Gianni Versace.
Herb Ritts is very much an image maker for our time, a photographer whose assured eye, fertile imagination, and affirmative spirit translate our culture’ s dreams and …
Herb Ritts (1952–2002) was a Los Angeles-based photographer who established an international reputation for distinctive images of fashion models, nudes, and celebrity portraits.
For his fashion photography, Herb Ritts drew inspiration from painting, sculpture, film, and leading fashion and portrait photographers.