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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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Cindy Crawford 1, Costa Careyes, 1998, 14 x 11 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 8

Cindy Crawford 1, Costa Careyes, 1998

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

Frankie Rayder with Snake 1, Vasquez Rocks, 2000, 14 x 11 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 7

Frankie Rayder with Snake 1, Vasquez Rocks, 2000

14 x 11 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 7

Carré and Stephanie 1, Cabo San Lucas, 1989, 11 x 14 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 10

Carré and Stephanie 1, Cabo San Lucas, 1989

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

Cindy Crawford - Blonde 1, Malibu, 1993, 14 x 11 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 6

Cindy Crawford - Blonde 1, Malibu, 1993

14 x 11 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 6

Daniella 1, Malibu, 1995, 14 x 11 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 5

Daniella 1, Malibu, 1995

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

Christy in White 1, Los Angeles, 1988, 14 x 11 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 9

Christy in White 1, Los Angeles, 1988

14 x 11 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 9

Extase 1, Malibu, 1999, 14 x 11 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 15

Extase 1, Malibu, 1999

14 x 11 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 15

Carla Bruni 1, Point Dume, 1992, 14 x 11 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 9

Carla Bruni 1, Point Dume, 1992

14 x 11 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 9

Alec Wek, Los Angeles, 1998, 53 7/8 x 46 1/8 Inches, Platinum Photograph, Edition of 12

Alec Wek, Los Angeles, 1998

53 7/8 x 46 1/8 Inches, Platinum Photograph, Edition of 12

Consuelo with Pine Branch, Paradise Cove, 1984, 20 x 16 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 25

Consuelo with Pine Branch, Paradise Cove, 1984

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Black Female Torso, Los Angeles, 1987, 20 x 16 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 25

Black Female Torso, Los Angeles, 1987

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Female Nude with Black Sand, Hawaii, 1989, 20 x 16 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 25

Female Nude with Black Sand, Hawaii, 1989

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Untitled Nude V, Los Angeles, 1997, 16 x 20 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 25

Untitled Nude V, Los Angeles, 1997

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

Cindy Crawford, Costa Careyes, 1998, 16 x 20 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 25

Cindy Crawford, Costa Careyes, 1998

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

Stina and Cordula, Hollywood, 1989, 20 x 16 Inches, Platinum Photograph, Edition of 25

Stina and Cordula, Hollywood, 1989

20 x 16 Inches, Platinum Photograph, Edition of 25

Female Torso with Veil, Paradise Cove, 1984, 20 x 16 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 25

Female Torso with Veil, Paradise Cove, 1984

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

Helena, Hollywood, 1996, 24 x 20 Inches, Platinum Photograph, Edition of 25

Helena, Hollywood, 1996

24 x 20 Inches, Platinum Photograph, Edition of 25

Stephanie Seymour 4, Hawaii, 1986, 14 x 11 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 4

Stephanie Seymour 4, Hawaii, 1986

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

Stephanie - Pin Up 2, Los Angeles, 1990, 14 x 11 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 5

Stephanie - Pin Up 2, Los Angeles, 1990

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

Jacqui Agyepong II, Miami, 1997, 24 x 20 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 25

Jacqui Agyepong II, Miami, 1997

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