Elizabeth Taylor, Bel Air

About Herb Ritts

One of the top American photographers of his generation, Herb Ritts captured celebrity portraits, nudes, and images of fashion models, developing a distinct style that trod a line between art and commerce. Drawing inspiration from photographers including Philippe Halsman and Edward Weston, as well as classical artists and the landscape and quality of light on the West Coast, Ritts favored clean lines, strong forms, and striking shadows. He shot supermodels such as Christy Turlington, Naomi Campbell, and Cindy Crawford, and took iconic photographs of Madonna, Michael Jackson, and Arnold Schwarzenegger, often challenging conventional notions of race and gender. Ritts worked on numerous high-profile advertising campaigns in his lifetime, and shot portraits and fashion for Vogue, Vanity Fair, and Interview Magazine.

American, 1952-2002, Los Angeles, California

Exhibition Highlights On Artsy

2016
Herb Ritts Box - ABMB 2016, Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York
2016
Herb Ritts: Super, Hamiltons Gallery, London
2015
Herb Ritts, CAMERA WORK, Berlin
2015
Herb Ritts, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston