Herb Ritts - Three Male Torsos
Herb Ritts
Three Male Torsos
Platinum/Palladium Photograph
1986
15 7/8 x 13 1/8 inches

Signed and numbered in pencil in the margin. Edition 97/100
One of 24 images from the Year of Tibet Portfolio, Edition of 100, 1990.

Herb Ritts- Male Nude with Tumbleweed, Paradise Cove
Herb Ritts
Male Nude with Tumbleweed, Paradise Cove
Platinum Photograph
1986
Paper 26 1/2 x 21 1/4 inches, Image 22 1/2 x 18 inches

Herb Ritts Estate stamp on verso. Printed under the direct supervision of the photographer. Foundation chairman signature, title, dated and editioned #14/25 on verso.

Herb Ritts - Cindy Crawford 3, Costa Careyes
Herb Ritts
Cindy Crawford 3, Costa Careyes
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1998
14 x 11 inches
Herb Ritts Foundation stamp on verso. Printed under the direct supervision of the photographer. Print number 2 from an edition of 9.
Herb Ritts - Tony - Black Torso
Herb Ritts
Tony - Black Torso
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1986
18 1/4 x 14 3/4 inches

Copyright credit blindstamp in the margin; signed, titled, dated, and numbered 18/25 in pencil on the verso.

Herb Ritts - Dizzy Gillespie 1, Paris
Herb Ritts
Dizzy Gillespie 1, Paris
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1989
14 x 11 inches
Herb Ritts Foundation stamp on verso. Printed under the direct supervision of the photographer. Print number 2 from an edition of 3.

Through his distinctive style and composition, Herb Ritts became one of the leading photographers to emerge during the 1980s. Ritts’s intimate sense of portraiture, his innovative approach to fashion, and his updated classical treatment of the nude that won him international acclaim and a place within the canon of American photography. His original aesthetic became a characteristic style that embodied facets of a fresh outdoor life of leisure in Southern California differentiating him from his East Coast peers still predominantly doing studio work. Ritts made use of bright California sunlight during his outdoors shoots making use of what he called the “golden hour,” a brief period of unique light just before dawn or dusk that also produces bold contrasts by casting strong shadows. Within this environment, he would celebrate the myriad shapes and textures of the human form. Ritts’s eye was drawn to clean, pure lines and strong, simple shapes while having a fondness for elegant compositions that often emphasized balance and the order of classical style.

In addition to photography, he also directed 13 music videos and more than 50 commercials throughout his career. Exploration of the human figure in its idealized form is a recurring theme in his video work. Ritts had a particular affinity for photographing actors, musicians and cultural icons. The artist that he collaborated with most frequently was Madonna. Generally, Ritts preferred to capture his subjects in spontaneous, playful moments such as these. Today, Ritts’s legacy lives on as evidenced by a retrospective at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts throughout this year. His contributions to several genres of photography and to larger popular culture continue to inspire and influence both photographers and collectors.

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