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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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Versace Dress, Back View, El Mirage, 1990, 24 x 20 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 25

Versace Dress, Back View, El Mirage, 1990

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

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

Woman in Sea, Hawaii, 1988, 24 x 20 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 25

Woman in Sea, Hawaii, 1988

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

Neith with Tumbleweed, Paradise Cove, 1986, 20 x 16 Inches, Toned Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 3

Neith with Tumbleweed, Paradise Cove, 1986

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

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

Jump, Paradise Cove, 1987, 20 x 16 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 25

Jump, Paradise Cove, 1987

20 x 16 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

Dizzy Gillespie, Paris, 1989, 20 x 16 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 25

Dizzy Gillespie, Paris, 1989

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

Djimon with Octopus, Hollywood, 1989, 20 x 16 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph Edition of 25

Djimon with Octopus, Hollywood, 1989

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

Female Torso with Veil, Paradise Cove, 1984

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

Duo I, Mexico, 1990, 16 x 20 Inches, Platinum Photograph, Edition of 25

Duo I, Mexico, 1990

16 x 20 Inches, Platinum Photograph, Edition of 25

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

Female Nude with Black Sand, Hawaii, 1989

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

k.d. Lang and Cindy Crawford, Los Angeles, 1993, 20 x 24 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 25

k.d. Lang and Cindy Crawford, Los Angeles, 1993

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

Loriki with Spear, Africa, 1993, 20 x 16 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 25

Loriki with Spear, Africa, 1993

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

Bill T. Jones, Los Angeles, 1995, 20 x 24 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 25

Bill T. Jones, Los Angeles, 1995

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

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

Madonna, True Blue, Hollywood, 1986

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

Naomi Seated, Hollywood, 1991, 24 x 20 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 25

Naomi Seated, Hollywood, 1991

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

Neith with Shadows (Front), Poundridge, 1985, 16 x 20 Inches, Toned Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 25

Neith with Shadows (Front), Poundridge, 1985

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

Tony and Mimi I, Los Angeles, 1987, 14 x 11 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 25

Tony and Mimi I, Los Angeles, 1987

14 x 11 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 25

Vladimir I, Hollywood, 1990, 24 x 20 Inches, Platinum Photograph, Edition of 25

Vladimir I, Hollywood, 1990

24 x 20 Inches, Platinum Photograph, Edition of 25

Waterfall IV, Hollywood, 1988, 20 x 16 Inches, Platinum Photograph, Edition of 25

Waterfall IV, Hollywood, 1988

20 x 16 Inches, Platinum Photograph, Edition of 25