Herb Ritts, ‘Versace Dress, Back View, El Mirage’, 1990, Phillips

“I like large planes and spaces, areas of texture and light, like deserts or oceans or monumental places." Herb Ritts

Iconic fashion photographer Herb Ritts created the breathtakingly dramatic Versace Dress, Back View, El Mirage, 1990 for a Versace campaign featuring supermodel Christy Turlington. Fanned by a divine halo of black silk, Ritts captures Turlington statuesquely posed on the El Mirage Dry Lakebed, an arid landscape whose flat plane could easily be the edge of the world. Ritt’s stunning image marries the earthly elemental and exacting abstraction —conjuring wind, light, and earth, while pushing high contrast and flattening sumptuous forms, revealing beauty’s mirage on the empty desert plane.
Courtesy of Phillips

One from an edition of 12 plus 3 artist's proofs. Please note this edition was not fully realized.

Signature: Signed, titled, dated and numbered 6/12 in pencil on a label affixed to the reverse of the flush-mount.

Bulfinch Press, Herb Ritts: Work, n.p.
Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain, Herb Ritts, n.p.
High Museum of Art, Chorus of Light: Photographs from the Sir. Elton John Collection, p. 193
Martineau, Herb Ritts: L.A. Style, cover and pl. 1
Rizzoli, Herb Ritts: The Golden Hour, A Photographer’s Life and His World, p. 16

Staley-Wise Gallery, New York

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