Herb Ritts

Herbert Ritts (August 13, 1952 in Los Angeles, CaliforniaDecember 26, 2002 in Los Angeles) was an American fashion photographer who concentrated on black-and-white photography and portraits in the style of classical Greek sculpture. Consequently some of his more famous pieces are of male and female nudes in what can be called glamour photography.


Celebrity/Fashion Photographer. Born in to a Jewish family in Los Angeles, California, Ritts began his career working in the family furniture business. After awhile he moved to the East Coast and attended Bard College in New York, where he majored in economics and art history. Later he became interested in photography, when by chance he met a young man in a gas station and decided to photograph him. The young man would later become actor, Richard Gere. The picture gained Ritts some coverage and he began to be more serious about photography. He later photographed notables such as, Christopher Reeve, Dalai Lama, Elizabeth Taylor, Ronald Reagan, Steven Hawking, Edward Norton, Madonna, Dizzy Gillespie, Annette Benning, Cindy Crawford, and many others. He worked for the magazines, Interview, GQ, Harper's Bazaar, Rolling Stone, Vogue, Vanity Fair and Elle. He published many books on photography for leading fashion designers including, Giorgio Armani, Revlon, Ralph Lauren, Chanel, Gianni Versace and Calvin Klein. From 1996 to 1997 some of his work was displayed at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Massachusetts, attracting more then 253,000 people to the exibit. In 1991 he won two MTV Video Awards for his work on music videos by Janet Jackson and Chris Isaak. Ritts also worked on other projects including directing and acting, Mariah #1's (1999), Janet Jackson: Design Of A Decade 1986-1996 (1996), Intimate Portrait: Cindy Crawford (1998) and Murder in the First (1995). Ritts was considered to be a leading celebrity photographer of the 1980s and 1990s. He died in 2002 as a result of AIDS.


Herb Ritts Commercial: chronology

Music Videos

Herb Ritts Music Videos: chronology

Actor filmatography

Herb Ritts Actor fimatography: chronology


Herb Ritts books: chronology

  • Pictures, Twin Palms Publishers, 1988
  • Men/Women, Twin Palms Publishers, 1989
  • Duo, Twin Palms Publishers, 1991
  • Notorious, Little, Brown and Company/Bulfinch Press, 1992
  • Africa, Little, Brown and Company/Bulfinch Press, 1994
  • Work, Little, Brown and Company/Bulfinch Press, 1996
  • Herb Ritts, Fondation Cartier Pour L'art Contemporain, 1999

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