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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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Corps et Âmes - 1, Los Angeles, 1999, 14 x 11 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 7

Corps et Âmes - 1, Los Angeles, 1999

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

Corps et Âmes - 2, Los Angeles, 1999, 14 x 11 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 5

Corps et Âmes - 2, Los Angeles, 1999

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

Corps et Âmes - 3, Los Angeles, 1999, 14 x 11 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 6

Corps et Âmes - 3, Los Angeles, 1999

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

Corps et Âmes - 4, Los Angeles, 1999, 14 x 11 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 8

Corps et Âmes - 4, Los Angeles, 1999

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

Corps et Âmes - 8, Los Angeles, 1999, 14 x 11 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 7

Corps et Âmes - 8, Los Angeles, 1999

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

Corps et Âmes - 9, Los Angeles, 1999, 14 x 11 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 4

Corps et Âmes - 9, Los Angeles, 1999

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

Corps et Âmes - 11, Los Angeles, 1999, 14 x 11 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 7

Corps et Âmes - 11, Los Angeles, 1999

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

Corps et Âmes - 12, Los Angeles, 1999, 14 x 11 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 5

Corps et Âmes - 12, Los Angeles, 1999

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

Corps et Âmes - 13, Los Angeles, 1999, 14 x 11 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 6

Corps et Âmes - 13, Los Angeles, 1999

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

Corps et Âmes - 14, Los Angeles, 1999, 14 x 11 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 7

Corps et Âmes - 14, Los Angeles, 1999

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

Corps et Âmes - 15, Los Angeles, 1999, 14 x 11 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 5

Corps et Âmes - 15, Los Angeles, 1999

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Corps et Âmes - 17, Los Angeles, 1999, 14 x 11 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 5

Corps et Âmes - 17, Los Angeles, 1999

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Corps et Âmes - 18, Los Angeles, 1999, 14 x 11 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 5

Corps et Âmes - 18, Los Angeles, 1999

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Corps et Âmes - 19, Los Angeles, 1999, 14 x 11 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 6

Corps et Âmes - 19, Los Angeles, 1999

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Corps et Âmes - 20, Los Angeles, 1999, 14 x 11 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 8

Corps et Âmes - 20, Los Angeles, 1999

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Corps et Âmes - 21, Los Angeles, 1999, 14 x 11 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 8

Corps et Âmes - 21, Los Angeles, 1999

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Corps et Âmes - 24, Los Angeles, 1999, 11 x 14 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 5

Corps et Âmes - 24, Los Angeles, 1999

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Corps et Âmes - 25, Los Angeles, 1999, 11 x 14 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 6

Corps et Âmes - 25, Los Angeles, 1999

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Corps et Âmes - 26, Los Angeles, 1999, 11 x 14 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 4

Corps et Âmes - 26, Los Angeles, 1999

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Corps et Âmes - 32, Los Angeles, 1999, 14 x 11 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 7

Corps et Âmes - 32, Los Angeles, 1999

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Corps et Âmes - 34, Los Angeles, 1999, 14 x 11 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 5

Corps et Âmes - 34, Los Angeles, 1999

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Corps et Âmes - 35, Los Angeles, 1999, 14 x 11 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 7

Corps et Âmes - 35, Los Angeles, 1999

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Corps et Âmes - 37, Los Angeles, 1999, 14 x 11 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 7

Corps et Âmes - 37, Los Angeles, 1999

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Corps et Âmes - 38, Los Angeles, 1999, 14 x 11 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 7

Corps et Âmes - 38, Los Angeles, 1999

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Corps et Âmes - 41, Los Angeles, 1999, 14 x 11 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 6

Corps et Âmes - 41, Los Angeles, 1999

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Corps et Âmes - 42, Los Angeles, 1999, 14 x 11 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 5

Corps et Âmes - 42, Los Angeles, 1999

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Corps et Âmes - 44, Los Angeles, 1999, 14 x 11 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 7

Corps et Âmes - 44, Los Angeles, 1999

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Corps et Âmes - 47, Los Angeles, 1999, 14 x 11 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 7

Corps et Âmes - 47, Los Angeles, 1999

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

Djimon Three Quarter Nude, Back View, Hollywood, 1989, 24 x 20 Inches, Platinum Photograph, Edition of 25

Djimon Three Quarter Nude, Back View, Hollywood, 1989

24 x 20 Inches, Platinum Photograph, Edition of 25

Djimon Three Quarter Nude, Hollywood, 1989, 24 x 20 Inches, Platinum Photograph, Edition of 25

Djimon Three Quarter Nude, Hollywood, 1989

24 x 20 Inches, Platinum Photograph, Edition of 25

Alek Wek, Los Angeles, 1998, 53 7/8 x 46 1/8 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 12

Alek Wek, Los Angeles, 1998

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

Bending Female Nude with Veil, Hawaii, 1989, 14 x 11 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 3

Bending Female Nude with Veil, Hawaii, 1989

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Carré 1, Paradise Cove, 1988, 14 x 11 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 3

Carré 1, Paradise Cove, 1988

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Cindy Crawford 1, Costa Careyes, 1989, 14 x 11 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Ed. of 8

Cindy Crawford 1, Costa Careyes, 1989

14 x 11 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Ed. of 8

Djimon with Octopus, Hollywood, 1989, 30 x 24 Inches, Linen Photograph, Edition of 12

Djimon with Octopus, Hollywood, 1989

30 x 24 Inches, Linen Photograph, Edition of 12

Fred with Tires, Hollywood, 1984, 24 x 20 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 30

Fred with Tires, Hollywood, 1984

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Fred with Tires III, Hollywood, 1984, 14 x 11 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 25

Fred with Tires III, Hollywood, 1984

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Fred with Tires VI, Hollywood, 1984, 14 x 11 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 25

Fred with Tires VI, Hollywood, 1984

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Fred with Tires VII, Hollywood, 1984, 14 x 11 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 25

Fred with Tires VII, Hollywood, 1984

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Fred with Tires VIII, Hollywood, 1984, 14 x 11 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 25

Fred with Tires VIII, Hollywood, 1984

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Madonna, True Blue, Hollywood, 1986, 24 x 20 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 25

Madonna, True Blue, Hollywood, 1986

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Milla, Hollywood, 1988, 14 x 11 Inches, Silver Gelatin PHotograph, Edition of 7

Milla, Hollywood, 1988

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

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

Naomi - Close Fit 1, El Mirage, 1988

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Now and Zen (c), El Mirage, 1999, 14 x 11 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 15

Now and Zen (c), El Mirage, 1999

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

Versace Dress, Back View, El Mirage, 1990, 54 x 43 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 12

Versace Dress, Back View, El Mirage, 1990

54 x 43 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 12

Alek Wek, Los Angeles (b), 1998, 14 x 11 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 2

Alek Wek, Los Angeles (b), 1998

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

Cindy Crawford - Versace 3, El Mirage, 1990, 14 x 11 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 6

Cindy Crawford - Versace 3, El Mirage, 1990

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Alek Wek, Los Angeles (c), 1998, 14 x 11 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 2

Alek Wek, Los Angeles (c), 1998

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Amber Valetta, Los Angeles (b), 1993, 14 x 11 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 3

Amber Valetta, Los Angeles (b), 1993

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

Armani Stockings, Los Angeles (a), 1990, 14 x 11 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 5

Armani Stockings, Los Angeles (a), 1990

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

Carla Bruni 2, Point Dume, 1992, 14 x 11 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 8

Carla Bruni 2, Point Dume, 1992

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

Carla Bruni 6, Point Dume, 1992, 14 x 11 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 4

Carla Bruni 6, Point Dume, 1992

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

Carla Bruni - Detail, Point Dume (a), 1992, 14 x 11 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 3

Carla Bruni - Detail, Point Dume (a), 1992

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

Christy Turlington - Versace, El Mirage (j), 1990, 14 x 11 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 2

Christy Turlington - Versace, El Mirage (j), 1990

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

Cindy Crawford - Versace, El Mirage (k), 1990, 14 x 11 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 2

Cindy Crawford - Versace, El Mirage (k), 1990

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

Djimon - Profile, Hollywood (b), 1989, 14 x 11 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 2

Djimon - Profile, Hollywood (b), 1989

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

Djimon - Three-Quarter, Hollywood (a), 1989, 14 x 11 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 2

Djimon - Three-Quarter, Hollywood (a), 1989

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

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

Fashion's New Form 2, Malibu, 1995

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Female Figure in Black Sand, Hawaii (f), 1988, 11 x 14 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 4

Female Figure in Black Sand, Hawaii (f), 1988

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Female Figure in Black Sand, Hawaii (e), 1988, 11 x 14 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 2

Female Figure in Black Sand, Hawaii (e), 1988

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Female Figure with Veil 1, Hawaii, 1989, 14 x 11 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 4

Female Figure with Veil 1, Hawaii, 1989

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

Helena - Bikini 2, Los Angeles, 1992

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

Helena - Bikini, Los Angeles (e), 1992

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Helena, Los Angeles (f), 1990, 14 x 11 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 2

Helena, Los Angeles (f), 1990

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

Nadja Auermann, Malibu (a), 1995, 11 x 14 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 2

Nadja Auermann, Malibu (a), 1995

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

Nadja Auermann, El Mirage (c), 1995, 14 x 11 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 5

Nadja Auermann, El Mirage (c), 1995

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Nadja Auermann, El Mirage (b), 1995, 14 x 11 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 6

Nadja Auermann, El Mirage (b), 1995

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

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

Naomi - Bikini, Los Angeles (e), 1992

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Naomi - Modern Legends, Los Angeles (a), 1989, 14 x 11 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 2

Naomi - Modern Legends, Los Angeles (a), 1989

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Naomi Campbell - Versace 4, El Mirage, 1990, 14 x 11 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 2

Naomi Campbell - Versace 4, El Mirage, 1990

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Naomi Campbell - Versace, El Mirage (h), 1990, 14 x 11 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 2

Naomi Campbell - Versace, El Mirage (h), 1990

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Naomi Campbell - Versace, El Mirage (k), 1990, 14 x 11 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 2

Naomi Campbell - Versace, El Mirage (k), 1990

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Stephanie - Modern Legends, Los Angeles (c), 1989, 14 x 11 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 2

Stephanie - Modern Legends, Los Angeles (c), 1989

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Tatjana with Black Sand, Hawaii (a), 1989, 14 x 11 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 3

Tatjana with Black Sand, Hawaii (a), 1989

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Tatjana - Detail, Malibu (a), 1995, 14 x 11 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 2

Tatjana - Detail, Malibu (a), 1995

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Tatjana - Earthly Powers 1, Hawaii, 1989, 14 x 11 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 13

Tatjana - Earthly Powers 1, Hawaii, 1989

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Tatjana - Earthly Powers, Hawaii (b), 1989, 14 x 11 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 4

Tatjana - Earthly Powers, Hawaii (b), 1989

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Tatjana, Hawaii (e), 1989, 14 x 11 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 3

Tatjana, Hawaii (e), 1989

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Tatjana, Malibu (a), 1991, 14 x 11 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 2

Tatjana, Malibu (a), 1991

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Tatjana, Malibu (b), 1991, 14 x 11 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 2

Tatjana, Malibu (b), 1991

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Tatjana - Metamorphosis 2, Joshua Tree, 1988, 14 x 11 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 4

Tatjana - Metamorphosis 2, Joshua Tree, 1988

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Tatjana - Metamorphosis, Joshua Tree (d), 1988, 14 x 11 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 6

Tatjana - Metamorphosis, Joshua Tree (d), 1988

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Tatjana Patitz, Versace 1, El Mirage, 1990​, 14 x 11 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 7

Tatjana Patitz, Versace 1, El Mirage, 1990​

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

Tatjana, Malibu (a), 1994, 14 x 11 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 3

Tatjana, Malibu (a), 1994

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

Tatjana Veiled Head, Joshua Tree (c), 1988, 14 x 11 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 4

Tatjana Veiled Head, Joshua Tree (c), 1988

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