RITTS a short biography.
Born in 1952, Ritts grew up in southern California, and
his career began in the late 1970s with informal portraits of friends in
the movie industry. The photographer himself attributes his first success
to shots of actor Richard Gere taken on a desert excursion that ended with
a flat tire. Ritts mastered his craft and developed his personal aesthetic
photographing men' s and women' s fashions, often for Italian magazines,
in the late 1970s and early 1980s. His sequences frequently had a
narrative theme and a specific period setting. A fashion spread on jeans
and overalls echoes the early Gere portrait: Ritts rented a fifties garage
in Los Angeles and cast his muscular models as greasy garage mechanics.
Ritts' s eye for period style and his instinct for the timing of fashion
revivals enhance his ability to make pictures that fire the imagination.
Based in Los Angeles, Herb Ritts was very much an image
maker for our time, a photographer whose assured eye, fertile imagination,
and affirmative spirit translate our culture' s dreams and desires into
strong, memorable pictures. As a photographer of fashion and celebrity,
Ritts has created memorable covers and spreads for Vogue, Vanity Fair, and
Rolling Stone, among others, as well as album covers, movie
advertisements, music videos, and commercials. Donna Karan, Calvin Klein,
The GAP, and Giorgio Armani are among his many corporate clients.
Nude is the main theme of Ritts images: models,
athletes, African women, bodies that express force, sensuality and beauty,
sometimes wrapped up in veils, sometimes covered by sand. The pictures of world's
personalities of the movies and
the fashion are also
very famous: Richard Gere, Elizabeth Taylor, Jack Nicholson, Madonna,
Crawford, Laetitia Casta and many others. In the past decade.
Ritts has also published several
books that bring together photographs around a particular theme. His
images capture the beauty of strength and youth. Among
the many photographic books he published you should pay a special
attention to: "Duo ", " Herb Ritts: Work ",
"Africa " and " Men, Women ".
Down under you will find some of the countless pictures
he took of Laetitia Casta fro early in her career till present.
He will be missed!