Versace Dress (Back View), El Mirage, 1990
Versace Dress (Back View), El Mirage, 1990
Carrie in Sand (Detail), Paradise Cove, 1988
Carrie in Sand (Detail), Paradise Cove, 1988
Stephanie, Cindy, Christy, Tatjana, Naomi, Hollywood, 1989
Stephanie, Cindy, Christy, Tatjana, Naomi, Hollywood, 1989
Female Nude with Black Sand, Hawaii, 1989
Female Nude with Black Sand, Hawaii, 1989
Versace - Veiled Dress, El Mirage, 1990
Versace - Veiled Dress, El Mirage, 1990
Madonna I, San Pedro, 1990
Madonna I, San Pedro, 1990
Sandra Bernhard, Hollywood, 1987
Sandra Bernhard, Hollywood, 1987
Pictures (Bodyshop Series), 1984
Pictures (Bodyshop Series), 1984
Neith with Shadows (Back), Poundridge, 1985
Neith with Shadows (Back), Poundridge, 1985
Christy in White 7, Los Angeles, 1988
Christy in White 7, Los Angeles, 1988
Pee Wee on Horse, Los Angeles, 1987
Pee Wee on Horse, Los Angeles, 1987
Neith with Tumbleweed, Paradise Cove, 1986
Neith with Tumbleweed, Paradise Cove, 1986
Waterfall IV, Hollywood, 1988
Waterfall IV, Hollywood, 1988
Carla Bruni 3, Point Dume, 1992
Carla Bruni 3, Point Dume, 1992
Cindy Crawford - Versace 4, El Mirage, 1990
Cindy Crawford - Versace 4, El Mirage, 1990
Fashion's New Form 3, Malibu, 1995
Fashion's New Form 3, Malibu, 1995
Stephano Seated, Milan, 1985
Stephano Seated, Milan, 1985
Female Figure with Veil - Detail 1, Hawaii, 1989
Female Figure with Veil - Detail 1, Hawaii, 1989
Kazu 01, Los Angeles, 1995
Kazu 01, Los Angeles, 1995
Female Figure with Veil 1, Hawaii, 1989
Female Figure with Veil 1, Hawaii, 1989
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Herb Ritts
September 8 - November 12, 2011
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April 28 - June 25, 2011

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Getty Museum Press Release

August 10, 2011

GETTY MUSEUM ACQUIRES IMPORTANT SELECTION OF PHOTOGRAPHS
BY HERB RITTS
Acquisition Includes Photographs of Fashion Models, Nudes, and Celebrity Portraits

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Herb Ritts

Herb Ritts began his photographic career in the late 70's 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 Ferré, Gianni Versace, Giorgio Armani, Levi's, Pirelli, Polo Ralph Lauren, Valentino among others. Since 1988 he directed numerous influential and award winning music videos and commercials. His fine art photography has been the subject of exhibitions worldwide, with works residing in many significant public and private collections.

In his life and work, Herb Ritts was drawn to clean lines and strong forms. This graphic simplicity allowed his images to be read and felt instantaneously. They often challenged conventional notions of gender or race. Social history and fantasy were both captured and created by his memorable photographs of noted individuals in film, fashion, music, politics and society.

Ritts was committed to HIV/AIDS related causes, and contributed to many charitable organizations, among them amfAR, Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation, Project Angel Food, Focus on AIDS, APLA, Best Buddies and Special Olympics . He was also a charter member on the Board of Directors for The Elton John Aids Foundation.

Herb Ritts passed away on December 26th, 2002.

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