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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 Ferré, Gianni Versace, Giorgio Armani, Levi’s, Pirelli, Polo Ralph Lauren, and Valentino, among others. Beginning in 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. His work 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, The 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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Christy Turlington - Versace 1, El Mirage, 1990, 14 x 11 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 8

Christy Turlington - Versace 1, El Mirage, 1990

14 x 11 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 8

Cindy Crawford - Ferre 1, Malibu, 1994, 14 x 11 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 2

Cindy Crawford - Ferre 1, Malibu, 1994

14 x 11 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 2

Naomi Campbell - Bikini 1, El Mirage, 1990, 14 x 11 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 8

Naomi Campbell - Bikini 1, El Mirage, 1990

14 x 11 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 8

Helena 2, Los Angeles, 1990, 16 x 20 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 3

Helena 2, Los Angeles, 1990

16 x 20 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 3

Fashion's New Form 2, Malibu, 1995, 14 x 11 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 4

Fashion's New Form 2, Malibu, 1995

14 x 11 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 4

Naomi (Full Length), Los Angeles, 1992, 20 x 16 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 25

Naomi (Full Length), Los Angeles, 1992

20 x 16 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 25

Stephanie - Pin-Up 1, Los Angeles, 1990, 14 x 11 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 8

Stephanie - Pin-Up 1, Los Angeles, 1990

14 x 11 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 8

Helena with Fan 1, Malibu, 1996, 14 x 11 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 10

Helena with Fan 1, Malibu, 1996

14 x 11 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 10

Sharon Stone 1, Malibu, 1993, 14 x 11 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 11

Sharon Stone 1, Malibu, 1993

14 x 11 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 11

Karen Alexander 1, Carmel, 1989, 11 x 14 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 5

Karen Alexander 1, Carmel, 1989

11 x 14 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 5

Tatjana III, Hawaii, 1989, 14 x 11 Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 3

Tatjana III, Hawaii, 1989

14 x 11 Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 3

Isabella Rossellini 1, New York, 1994, 14 x 11 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 2

Isabella Rossellini 1, New York, 1994

14 x 11 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 2

Naomi - Close Fit 1, El Mirage, 1988, 14 x 11 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 2

Naomi - Close Fit 1, El Mirage, 1988

14 x 11 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 2

Stephanie - Modern Legends 1, Los Angeles, 1989, 14 x 11 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Ed. 3

Stephanie - Modern Legends 1, Los Angeles, 1989

14 x 11 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Ed. 3

Helena - Bikini 2, Los Angeles, 1992, 14 x 11 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 2

Helena - Bikini 2, Los Angeles, 1992

14 x 11 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 2

Naomi - Bikini 2, Los Angeles 1992, 14 x 11 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 3

Naomi - Bikini 2, Los Angeles 1992

14 x 11 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 3