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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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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

Man Holding Shell, Australia, 1986, 20 x 16 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 25

Man Holding Shell, Australia, 1986

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

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

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

Jean Galifone IV, Miami, 1997, 14 x 11 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 5

Jean Galifone IV, Miami, 1997

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

Colin Jackson V, Miami, 1997, 24 x 20 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 25

Colin Jackson V, Miami, 1997

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

Duo IV, Mexico, 1990, 39 1/2 x 49 1/2 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 12

Duo IV, Mexico, 1990

39 1/2 x 49 1/2 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 12

Splash, Hollywood, 1989, 20 x 16 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 25

Splash, Hollywood, 1989

20 x 16 Inches, Silver Gelatin 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

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

Fred with Tires, Hollywood, 1984

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

Tony and Brian in Sand, Paradise Cove, 1986, 20 x 16 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 25

Tony and Brian in Sand, Paradise Cove, 1986

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

Waterfall II, Hollywood, 1988

20 x 16 Inches, Platinum Photograph, Edition of 25

Fred II, Silverlake, 1984, 11 x 14 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 3

Fred II, Silverlake, 1984

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

Tony with Gauze III, Los Angeles, 1990, 14 x 11 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 2

Tony with Gauze III, Los Angeles, 1990

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

Untitled Nude VIII, Miami, 1997, 16 x 20 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 25

Untitled Nude VIII, Miami, 1997

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

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

Fred with Tires VIII, Hollywood, 1984

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