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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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Phillip Seymour Hoffman 1, Los Angeles, 1999, 14 x 11 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 5

Phillip Seymour Hoffman 1, Los Angeles, 1999

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

Richard Gere on Horse 1, Poundridge, 1993, 11 x 14 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 3

Richard Gere on Horse 1, Poundridge, 1993

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

Peggy Moffit 1, Los Angeles, 11 x 14 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 4

Peggy Moffit 1, Los Angeles

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

David Hockney, Los Angeles, 1989, 20 x 16 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 25

David Hockney, Los Angeles, 1989

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

Mick Jagger 1, London, 1987, 14 x 11 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 12

Mick Jagger 1, London, 1987

14 x 11 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 12

Nicole Kidman, Culver City, 1999, 20 x 16 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 25

Nicole Kidman, Culver City, 1999

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

Madonna VI, San Pedro, 1990, 20 x 16 Inches, Platinum Photograph, Edition of 25

Madonna VI, San Pedro, 1990

20 x 16 Inches, Platinum Photograph, Edition of 25

Helmut Newton, Hollywood, 1988, 20 x 16 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 25

Helmut Newton, Hollywood, 1988

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

Erykah Badu 1, Hollywood, 2001, 14 x 11 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 6

Erykah Badu 1, Hollywood, 2001

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

Madonna IV, San Pedro, 1990, 14 x 11 Inches, Platinum Photograph, Edition of 25

Madonna IV, San Pedro, 1990

14 x 11 Inches, Platinum Photograph, Edition of 25

Robert Rauschenberg, Captiva, 1997, 20 x 16 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 25

Robert Rauschenberg, Captiva, 1997

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

Keith Haring, New York, 1989, 20 x 16 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 25

Keith Haring, New York, 1989

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

Francesco Clemente, New York, 1994, 20 x 16 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 25

Francesco Clemente, New York, 1994

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

Muhammad Ali 1, Hollywood, 2000, 14 x 11 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 6

Muhammad Ali 1, Hollywood, 2000

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

Bob Dylan, Hollywood, 2001, 14 x 11 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 8

Bob Dylan, Hollywood, 2001

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

Michael Jackson 3, Salton Sea, 1992, 14 x 11 Inches, Silver Gelatin Photograph, Edition of 3

Michael Jackson 3, Salton Sea, 1992

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