Known for his black and white photography and portraits of famous artists, Herb Ritts (1952-2002) was an american fashion photographer.
Ritts worked for some of the biggest and trendiest fashion magazines, such as GQ, Vogue, Vanity Fair and Allure, but also for Rolling Stone, Newsweek and Time. He was also first choice photographer for sophisticated fashion brands, including Chanel, Ralph Lauren, Versace, Cartier and Calvin Klein.
Aside from his work for high profile brands, he also collaborated with many household names in music business. He photographed Olivia Newton-John for her album Physical in 1981. In 1986 he would replicate this cover for Madonna’s True Blue.
”He shot exquisite, iconic photographs,” said Graydon Carter, the editor of Vanity Fair, a magazine to which Mr. Ritts contributed dozens of cover images. The New York Times
Speaking of which, he also directed the videoclip for “Cherish” by Madonna, Michael Jackson’s “In the Closet” and many other music videos.
An exposition of his work was displayed from 1996 to 1997, at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, which proved to be a huge success.